Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club

January 01 - New Years Day
English Bay, Vancouver (BC)

The Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club is one of the largest and oldest Polar Bear Clubs in the world.
Well over 2,000 brave participants, and many more that do not register for the event, take the plunge in the icy winter waters of English Bay in Vancouver. Now in its 91st year, the Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club taking place at 2.30PM on New Years Day attracts more than 15,000 interested fans.

Registration for the New Year's Day Polar Bear Swim is free and takes place in front of the English Bay Bathhouse from 12:30pm - 2:30pm on New Year's Day. Registration can also be carried out via the coupon in Vancouver’s The Province newspaper. The entries need to be presented at the registration desk on the day of the swim.

For the many who take part in the event, prizes are only drawn for those who have registered and the free membership includes a commemorative button awarded after the plunge.

The Vancouver Polar Bear Swim 2011 helps raise cash and food supplies for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Although registration for the event is free, donations of cash or non-perishable food are much appreciated!

For more information about the Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club visit the web site at

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