It’s the world’s best hangover cure! The Vancouver Polar Bear Swim is back on Monday, January 1, 2018 when thousands of brave swimmers run into the bone-chilling waters of English Bay to kick off the new year with a splash! Are you brave enough to take the plunge?
The annual Vancouver tradition first began in 1920 with just 10 swimmers braving the cold. Now, over 2,000
crazy brave souls register each year to participate in the “swim”. Not only will you get the chance to risk hypothermia, but you’ll also get a free commemorative button – so that’s pretty cool!
Whether it’s your 57th time participating or you’re getting this off your bucket list, join the fray at English Bay on Monday, January 1, 2018 at 2:30 – 3:30pm.
You can participate in the event by:
- Dressing-up in fancy costume
- Competing in the Peter Pantages Memorial 100 yard swim race
- Dipping your feet into the water and running out screaming
- Sitting back and watching the spectacle from a safe distance
Vancouver Polar Bear Swim 2018 Quick Details
Where: English Bay Bathhouse – 1700 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
When: Monday, January 1, 2018. From 2:30 to 3:30 pm.
Cost: Free. Participants must register online. The Greater Vancouver Food Bank will also be accepting donations of non-perishable food or cash.
More info: Vancouver.ca
Other Polar Bear Swims
There will also be swims held in the suburbs of Vancouver, including:
- The Deep Cove Penguin Plunge (2017 info, waiting for 2018 updates)
- 2017 White Rock Polar Bear Swim
- Port Moody Penguin Plunge