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Hundreds ring in the new year at Delta Polar Bear Swim

More than 400 people took part in the event’s return after a two-year absence due to COVID-19

More than 400 brave souls plunged into the frigid waters of Boundary Bay on Sunday to celebrate the start of 2023.

Delta’s Polar Bear Swim returned to Centennial Beach on Jan. 1 after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

Four hundred and twenty-five people — many in costumes — took part in the 41st annual event, with the line up for registration lasting until minutes before the swim began.

Hundreds more chose to stay warm and dry on shore as they cheered on friends and family taking part in the swim, and all present were able to partake in family-friendly entertainment like face painting, marshmallow roasting, children’s activities and a drum circle, as well as hot dogs and hot chocolate provided by the Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club.

Trophies and prizes were awarded to the top three swimmers, as well as the oldest swimmer and the person who traveled the farthest to take part in the swim.

Harlan Theaker was the first to reach the floating bell Sunday morning, followed by Luke Logan and Bobby Yagin.

George Brazier was this year’s oldest participant, while Sheree Stevens travelled all the way from Australia.

Click here to see photos from the 2020 Delta Polar Bear Swim.

SEE ALSO: Hundreds brave frigid waters for Polar Bear Plunge at White Rock beach



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