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Happy 2010! Check Out The Polar Bear Swim!

The Polar Bear Swim has been held the first day of the year on First Beach in Vancouver's West End since 1920 - come to the shores of Vancouver to watch dressed up thrill seekers jump into the waters or, if you like, join in!

The 90th Annual Polar Bear Swim in Vancouver happens January 1, 2010 on First Beach in the West End.We here at Venture Vancouver hope you had an excellent New Years Eve wherever you were!

Today is a great day to get out and enjoy the outdoors and January 1 in Vancouver is a great time to make your way to First Beach in Vancouver's West End to watch (or participate!) in the 90th Annual Vancouver Polar Bear Swim! This New Years Day tradition which started in 1920s has been a popular event where participants jump into the frigid ocean waters of English Bay in costumes, swimsuits... or little else!

Over one thousand people participate in Vancouver's Annual Polar Bear Swim.

  • Date: January 1, 2010
  • Time: 2:30pm (registration is at the Boathouse on English Bay which is across from First Beach from 12:30pm - 2:30pm)
  • Admission: FREE
  • How to get there: By Car: First Beach is located at the corner of Beach Avenue and Denman Street. There is free parking along Beach. By Bus: The #5 and #6 Bus stops at Denman Street and Davie Street and #C21 goes along Beach Avenue.

So, if you're interested in this fun event (both adults and children attempt it!) sign up and enjoy a frigid plunge! If you are more interested in just watching, spectators can enjoy the show from the sidelines.

Happy New Year Everyone (43 Days until the 2010 Opening Ceremonies)!

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