99 years cold: Vancouver’s polar bear swim more popular than ever


The waters in Vancouver’s English Bay can be as cold as 3 C on Jan. 1, but that hasn’t stopped thousands of people from getting into the water to mark the new year.

On Tuesday, the Vancouver Park Board will host the 99th edition of its Polar Bear Swim.

The first was held in 1920, when around 10 people gathered on English Bay beach and then went for a swim at a time of year when the water is at its coldest.

Now, thousands run down the beach and splash their way into the water to mark the start of another year. Many dress up for the occasion.

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