Vancouver’s 93rd Annual Polar Bear Swim

I can’t believe I’ve lived in this neighbourhood for 14 winters, and today was the first time I witnessed the annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim. My reaction? They’re all nuts.

Vancouver’s Polar Bear Swim has been going on since 1920, and is one of the largest in the world. There are more than 2000 registered swimmers, but estimates of how many actually go into the water are as high as 10,000.

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. (Note the guys in beaver hats enjoying their Timmy’s coffee and Timbits.)

Crowds on the beach

Spectators

Lifeguards

And out again

In they go

Two guys

Two girls

Hockey player

Timmy's coffee drinkers

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