Polar Bear dip at Whiffen Spit challenges Sookites

The day started out cool and rainy but by the end of the polar bear dip, a rainbow appeared. (Contributed photo)The day started out cool and rainy but by the end of the polar bear dip, a rainbow appeared. (Contributed photo)
A frigid start to the year at Whiffen Spit. |(Contributed photo)A frigid start to the year at Whiffen Spit. |(Contributed photo)
After the freezing cold dip, a fire was welcome. (Contributed photo)After the freezing cold dip, a fire was welcome. (Contributed photo)
If one forgets that it was freezing cold, it actually looks like fun. (Contributed photo)If one forgets that it was freezing cold, it actually looks like fun. (Contributed photo)
One polar bear dipper wore a hat. There was no indication that it helped. (Contributed photo)One polar bear dipper wore a hat. There was no indication that it helped. (Contributed photo)
High seas combined with frigid water to challenge polar bear dippers on NEw Year’s day. (Contributed photo)High seas combined with frigid water to challenge polar bear dippers on NEw Year’s day. (Contributed photo)

More than 100 brave souls were cheered on by almost 500 well-wishers as they took part in this year’s Polar Bear Dip at Whiffen Spit.

The day might have started out dreary and rainy, but by the time the event ended, participants were treated to the sight of magnificent rainbows.

Folks couldn’t have been blamed for reading into the sight as a celestial approval of their fun.

Of course, it might also have been just a rainbow.

Either way, there was squealing, yelping, and laughter that combined to make a frigid, fun time.

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