The Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club is one of the largest and oldest Polar Bear Clubs in the world. Its initial swim was in 1920 when a small number of hardy swimmers took the plunge into English Bay on New Year's Day. Led by their founder, Peter Pantages, the swim has grown from around 10 swimmers in that year to the new record of 2,550 official entries set in 2014.
Jump into 2017! Take an invigorating dip in English Bay for Vancouver's annual New Year's Day Polar Bear Swim! Join thousands of hardy "polar bears" in this free Vancouver tradition.
Whether it's your 57th time participating or you're getting this off your bucket list, join us at English Bay on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 2:30 - 3:30pm.
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank will be accepting donations of non-perishable food or cash - please be generous!
Bring the application form with you to the Polar Bear Swim to register. You will also be entered to win prizes!
We have a limited supply of Polar Bear Swim shirts available.
If you did not receive your swim button on New Year's Day, or would like to purchase a shirt, they are available at the Vancouver Aquatic Centre.
Tag #VanPolarBearSwim on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured in our gallery below.
You'll also be entered for a chance to win one of two prize packages that include a limited edition 2017 Polar Bear Swim t-shirt and one-month Flexipass to use at any Park Board fitness centre, pool, and rink.
A big thank you to the following donors:
Vancouver Aquatic Centre
The Vancouver polar bear swim in English Bay in Vancouver is one of the oldest in the world. Find out the number of swimmers and water temperature each since 1976.