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Vancouver Polar Bear Swim at English Bay, 2009

 On New Year’s Day 2009, I stroll along Vancouver’s Seawall towards English Beach to witness the annual Polar Bear swim with thousands of colourful Vancouver-ites gathering at English Bay, in costumes from clowns to bikinis, to start the New Year with a plunge into the frigid Pacific beginning with a a mass start from the snowy beach at 2:30pm on January 1st, 2009.
Once arrived to the festivities, i observe swimmers going in for a quick dip but also a few die-hards — including a Viking helmet clad yeoman — competing to be the heartiest participant.

Shot with a fish-eye style lens for a unique perceptive of the whole beach and ocean.

New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim in Vancouver – 2008?

At Vancouver’s English Bay beach on New Year’s Day, folks take part in a traditional polar bear swim. This is simply a historic record of their frolic. Year is hazy, maybe 2007,8,or9. Do you know?