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Polar Plunge returns to White Rock waterfront Jan. 1

Chilly dip a tradition for dippers of all ages

One of White Rock’s chilliest free traditions is returning to the waterfront Jan. 1 to ring in the new year. The Polar Bear Plunge – presented by Rotary International, with support from Royal Canadian Marine Se arch and Rescue Unit 5 (Crescent Beach) and the City of White Rock – is set for noon on the first day of 2024.

Registration gets underway at 10:30 a.m. east of the pier, near the city’s namesake.

The event typically draws hundreds of dippers of all ages, as well as countless more onlookers to take in the largely-brief displays of icy-cool bravery.

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A record number of swimmers – 466 registered, plus “way more” unregistered, according to officials – made the plunge in 2023. That event followed a two-year hiatus of the in-person affair due to COVID-19 concerns, during which time, those who still wanted to mark the occasion were encouraged to do virtual plunges.

Among highlights planned for the 2024 dip are prizes for best costume.

Tracy Holmes

About the Author: Tracy Holmes

Tracy Holmes has been a reporter with Peace Arch News since 1997.
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