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Polar Bear Swim 2025

Want to try something extraordinary on the first day of the New Year?

Dates: January 1

Polar Bear Swim
Polar Bear Swim
Polar Bear Swim
Polar Bear Swim
The Annual Polar Bear Swim
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Are you courageous enough to take a dip into the cold ocean waters? Join this great tradition in Vancouver! Every year, on the 1st of January thousands of brave people plunge into the cold waters of English Bay and swim a 295-ft (90-m) race. Participants usually wear some fancy costumes and the first three that finish the race are even rewarded with trophies.

The history of Polar Bear Swim dates back to 1920. The number of participants has grown from the first ten swimmers to over 2,000 these days. People take part in this event for various reasons; some believe it brings good health and fortune for the New Year, some want to win, and some just want to have fun. So, be here at 2.30 pm to enjoy the spectacular show or to have a fantastic experience swimming in this race. Don't forget to bring along some warm clothes too!

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