Thursday, January 01, 2009

Polar Bear Swim 2009 . . . .

On New Year's Day since 1920 a bunch of fools brave souls take it upon themselves to partake of the Vancouver Park Board's Polar Bear Swim in English Bay.

This being the first time I am in the city on the event, it was a "must see" this afternoon. The water temperature was probably somewhere between 6 and 8 degrees Celsius. (43 - 46 degrees Fahrenheit) Lots of hard nipples and shrinkage going on, no doubt.

Here's a few pics of the festivities:




Before you ask: Nope. Ain't never gonna happen, ya'll . . . .


5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much 4 the photos. Wasn't able 2 get down there this year. So thx again & welcome to our fabulous city. I came here on holiday in June 1979 & have been here now 4 almost 30 years! judy_b_cyllorn@yahoo.ca

Gazetteer said...

Great photos Bob!

First time in a long time that Bigger E., who is impervious to cold, did not go in.....

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the rev. paperboy said...

Feh, whattabuncha West Coast pussies! In Ontario, we used to use chainsaws to cut through the ice in Picton harbour for the polar bear swim every year -- usually done to raise money for the United Way. I did it the year I was the editor of the paper there. And when I find the photos, I will scan and post them.

L-girl said...

The Polar Bear Club is an annual story in NYC, and I was surprised to find it in Toronto too! I guess these "brave souls" (ahem) are all over the place.

Nice to see the usual Canadian one-upmanship about cold and snow alive and well, too.

Happy New Year to humans and canine from our pack to yours.

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