It’s still a bit mild for this time of year, but those suiting up for the annual Polar Bear Swim will still likely a bit chilly.
The nation-wide tradition has thousands of Canadians participating, plunging into various bodies of water.
The New Year tradition is the largest and oldest charity Polar Bear Dip in Canada, and the largest dip in the GTA. The tradition was founded in 1920 in Vancouver, where the largest swim still takes place with over 2,500 participants swimming this year.
Locally, a swim will be happening in Oakville at the Coronation Park, where around 700 participants are expected to take place. Festivities start at 12:30 p.m., with the swim to happen at 2 p.m.
Money raised from the dip will be going towards World Vision’s clean water programs. This year the program is expecting to raise over $120,000 for clean water in Rwanda, which would bring the total raised by this dip to $1.4 million.
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In Toronto, another Polar Bear Dip, hosted by the Toronto Polar Bear Club, will be happening at noon at the Sunnyside Beach on Lake Shore Boulevard West. That dip will be raising money for Habitat for Humanity GTA. For information or to donate, click here.