Greater Victoria is home to several polar bear swims – a special winter tradition where friends and family jump in the icy cold ocean while sharing in the pain and thrill of being immersed in frigid pacific waters.
While many of these group events had to take a hiatus last year due to the pandemic, some groups are back at it this year.
Esquimalt Lagoon on New Year’s Day
Smart Dolphins IT Solutions is hosting an 11 a.m. New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim at Esquimalt Lagoon for the Victoria Women’s Transition House.
This is the fifth annual event, and the fourth time taking place at the south end of Esquimalt Lagoon.
Prizes are available at Esquimalt Lagoon for best costumes and first person fully immersed in the water, among other draw prizes. A minimum $5 donation is required to participate.
For more information visit eventbrite.com.
Clover Point on New Year’s Day
Separately, Victoria’s 5th Annual Victoria Narwhal Freedive at Clover Point is happening on New Year’s Day at 1 p.m. The event is for novice and experienced freedivers alike, and hosted by Victoria diver and photographer, Mark Cantwell.
Search the event on Facebook for further details.
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