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Polar Bear dip takes place

“You know it’s going to be cold, but it’s always colder than you imagine”, Becky, a Polar Bear Swim participant, said.

Let’s take a look at the history of the Polar Bear Swim plunge and why it is a popular winter event that takes place across the globe. “There were no casualties that I noticed”, said Dennis Wurch, Polar Bear Plunger.

Even if you don’t want to jump into the frigid waters of the Alberni Inlet, Douglas says that there’s plenty to see and do.

Chris reported to The Maple Leaf this week with a smile, “the next year, when I was nine-years-old, she said it was okay to enter!”

People have a variety of reasons for participating in the annual Polar Bear Swim at Lakeside Park, but not all of them make sense.

Decked out in swimsuits and Frozen costumes at -4 C on the shores of Lake Ontario, 800-plus waders in Oakville raised more than $130,000 for World Vision Canada clean water projects in Rwanda.

Karen Iverson had the idea, and said that her friends were all silly enough to go along with it.

As the Polar Bear Swim Plunge is a popular event in the United States, it’s extremely popular in the Netherlands where it goes by the name Nieuwjaarsduik (New Year’s dive).

The temperature with wind chill was minus 8 degrees Celsius in the day and the lake was beyond cold with the shoreline ice-encrusted. This year had another new beginning.

The tradition goes back to 1929, when former Waterville resident Herb Mericle starting taking annual New Year’s Day dips into the river at precisely 2:30 p.m., the day of the year and time of the day he was married.

“I thought it was timely”, he said with a chuckle.

The first Dunleavy’s polar plunge came in 1995. “I could hardly breathe”, she said later.

Considine added: “It’s one big family on the beach, thousands of people all supporting each other, and what they’re ultimately doing is supporting the families who are staying all across the country with their loved ones in the healing process”. President Lisa Pantages, the granddaughter of the club’s founder, said she wouldn’t be surprised if they surpassed last year’s record number of participants. And when asked whether he’d participate again, Braden flashed a grin and quickly said “Yes” while nodding his head.

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