Delta started off 2018 with a splash, with 337 people taking a dip in Boundary Bay’s chilly waters for the annual polar bear swim.
Swimmers had the option of taking a quick dip in the five degree water, or going the distance to reach the bell atop a buoy several meters out. This year, returning champion Jacob Enns was the first to reach the bell, followed by Stephen Stubbs and Jacob Bonikowsky.
The event also honoured other swimmers, including Rolf Grigull, who at 79 was the oldest person to participate in this year’s event, and Stig Aronsson and Jonas Zeides, who came from Germany to participate.
Although there weren’t prizes for it, many people also dressed up for the occasion, including one man who jumped in the water wearing a Star Wars stormtrooper mask.
In addition to the swim, which took place at 1 p.m., the event also featured a drumming group, face painting, entertainers and a campfire where kids could roast marshmallows.