Jump into 2019 and take the plunge New Years Day in English Bay


Jan 1


English Bay , Vancouver, BC , Canada




Just like Van Halen, JUMP into 2019!  

Join Kenny Jones and the JACK team at the Polar Bear Swim on New Years Day.  

Take an invigorating dip in English Bay for Vancouver’s annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim presented by JACK 96.9

Join thousands of hardy “polar bears” in this free Vancouver tradition.

Join us at English Bay from 2:30pm – 3:30pm.

Dress-up in fancy costume.  Compete in the Peter Pantages Memorial 100 yard swim race or just watch.

Swim tips from the Vancouver Parks Board:

  • If you have a heart problem – just watch!
  • Children must swim and stay with an adult.
  • Please leave your dog at home.
  • Do not drink – alcohol does not warm you up – it accelerates hypothermia.
  • Do not stay in the water longer than 15 minutes. Body heat is lost 25 times faster in water than in air.
  • Do not remove your clothing until swim time. The swim will be started by a flag and siren.
  • Entrants in the 100 yard race – meet in the front line on the north side (Stanley Park side) of the enclosure.
  • First 3 swimmers to touch the marker buoy by the lifeguard boat – give your names to the lifeguard.
  • After you swim, pick up your commemorative button at the large polar bear or at the registration table.
  • Warm up with coffee or hot chocolate.



Free Event

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