Polar bears brace for two local New Year's Day swims

Local polar bears are bracing for two New Year's Day dips.

The annual Cowichan Bay Polar Bear Swim, hosted by the bay's volunteer fire hall, sees registration at 10:30 a.m. before the madcap 11 a.m. plunge off Hecate Park's boat launch.

"We've got free coffee and hot chocolate on site," said fire chief Ken Bulcock (250-252-0031). "Hopefully we'll have some new people out this year."

Cow Bay's romp leaves time to motor to Maple Bay where the venerable Innkeeper's Polar Bear Swim (250-748-5830) happens at around noon beside the rowing club.

Swimmers register at around 11 a.m. toward a cannon blast that sends hundreds of costumed revellers into the chilly drink.

Certificates are handed to swimmers who can warm themselves in the clubhouse.


We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Duncan officially on board the environmental movement
United Way campaign nears close
B.C. hockey league has enough of angry parents
Target to close all stores in Canada, including 19 in B.C.
ICBC blocking record 25,000 drivers for Port Mann toll evasion
Facebook suffers outage affecting users worldwide
Couple learns to cope with PTSD
Improvements coming to town core
Wrestling tradition continues

Community Events, January 2015

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Jan 23 edition online now. Browse the archives.