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VSN New Year's Day Polar Bear Swim

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Tuesday, January 1st, 2019
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

The 2018 Victoria Sports News New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim was such a success – with just two weeks of planning – that we decided to make it an annual tradition.

Thanks to the City of Colwood, we were able to pull it off. Approximately 500 people showed up and enjoyed the occasion of symbolically washing away the previous year while celebrating the new one.

Troy Birtwistle, a Victoria HarbourCats coach, performed the ceremonial first dive while dressed fully in a HarbourCats uniform.

There was generous amounts of delicious hot chocolate and draw prizes provided by Frontrunners and the Victoria HarbourCats.

We are adding to the event this year. Check Victoria Sports News for updates.

For 2018, there were donations taken on behalf of KidSport Greater Victoria. This year, an online registration is available for a $5 donation, which will include the swim, hot chocolate and draw prizes. For $30, there will be access to portable heaters, tents and a commemorative 2019 VSN New Years Day Polar Bear Swim shirt.

The social media hashtag is: #VSNPolarBearSwim2019

Facebook Event Page:

Video: 2018 VSN New Years Day Polar Bear Swim:

VSN Twitter handle: @Vic_SportsNews

Contact: Polar Bear Swim [email protected]


Cost: Donation
Suggested: $5 - 30
Category: Everything Else
    Benefit | Fundraiser
Sports | Recreation
    On the Water
Location: Esquimalt Lagoon
Ocean Boulevard, Esquimalt
This event is for Everyone
More Info: Christopher Kelsall
[email protected]
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