The Polar Bear Swim event, one of Vancouver’s most beloved New Years traditions, will go ahead on Sunday, January 1, 2023, for the first in-person swim in three years.

The swim, which is celebrating its 103-year anniversary, was moved online to a “digital dip” at the last minute in 2022, in accordance with COVID-19 public health orders. This year, swimmers and spectators will be welcomed back to take their annual frigid swim in the waters at English Bay.

The event will run from 12pm to 4pm, with the program beginning at 2pm, and the official swim at 2:30pm.

Registration is now open and participants should register in advance to receive their participation certificate. 

Swimmers entering the 100-yard race should meet behind the start line. The first three swimmers to touch the marker buoy by the lifeguard boat should give your names to the lifeguard.

Indoor spaces will be available including change rooms, washrooms, lockers, or warming tents, however, it is always recommended swimmers to come swim-ready. Portable toilets will be available on site. 

Organizers will also be bringing back other fan favourites including live DJ, food trucks, and more.

After the swim, participants can pick up their commemorative button at the centre-tower Family Zone or Information Tents spread throughout the beach.

The event will have a designated family area along with an accessible beach mat for participants.

Last modified: December 26, 2022

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