Illustration of a polar bear in a bath tub

Polar Bear Swim

Celebrate at home with the 2021 Polar Bear Dip

We’ve moved this event online and will not be celebrating at English Bay this year. 

While things look a little different, you can still keep this annual tradition alive by joining us with a Digital Dip.

What's happening2021 Digital Dip

The Digital Dip took place January 1, 2021, at home. Participants received a commemorative certificate, which was emailed after the event.


Official Polar Bear Swim merchandise

Official 2021 Polar Bear Swim merchandise orders closed for 2021.

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How to participate in the Digital Dip

  1. On January 1, 2021, fill a tub, kiddie pool, anything with cold water (7°C) and take a cold dip. Get creative!
  2. Share your video and photo online with #PBPolarBearDip2021
  3. Register to receive a commemorative certificate
  4. Send your photo or video to polarbearswim@vancouver.ca to receive a Polar Bear Swim Club button (for Canadian residents only)

Contact us

polarbearswim@vancouver.ca​​​​​​​

Did we beat a record?

Polar bear swim statistics

Find out the number of swimmers and water temperature each year since 1976.