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 December 31, 2013

Starting the New Year with a splash.

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Polar Bear Swims are a New Year's Day tradition all across Vancouver Island, and you have to admire those brave souls who will be starting 2014 with an icy plunge.

Polar Bears can swim up to 10km per hour. And have been known to swim up to 160km at a time.

Did you know that they swim with their front feet and steer with the back? And that they've got a 10cm layer of fat under their skin that keeps them warm in the icy water?

But I don't.

I'm more of a Grizzly Bear type. Right now the grizzly is warm and snug in his den, dreaming bear dreams and ending the year with a snooze instead of a splash. Why not start the new year well rested?

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