Take an icy plunge in Calgary at this year's Polar Dip

Dec 30 2019, 10:13 am

While Vancouverites over on the West Coast may plan to dive into the Pacific for their Polar Bear Swim, Landlocked Calgarians have to get a little more creative when it comes to catching a cold starting the year off right.

The annual Calgary Icebreakers Polar Dip will be held at Mahogany Home Owner’s Beach this January 11, and organizers are inviting Calgarians out to dip, dive, or donate towards ending human slavery around the world.

“Human trafficking affects millions of young women and children world-wide, even here in Canada. It is a business largely run by organized crime, targeting the defenceless through kidnapping, coercion, rape, and brutality,” the event’s website states.

According to the website, last year’s fundraiser raised just short of $100,000 towards ending human slavery, landing at a total of $91,100. Donations are being accepted through the site, and any amount helps.

Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the polar dip, and saw creative costumes, dozens of volunteers, and (thankfully for the swimmers) a relatively warm 2°C day.

This year’s event is hoping to see even more of a turnout, and registration is currently open for those who would like to participate.

Registration currently costs $50, though that will be bumped up to $60 for anyone registering between January 4 and 10. All proceeds go towards “SA Foundation‘s global recovery programs caring for survivors and their children.”

Icebreakers Polar Dip Calgary 2020

When: Saturday, January 11, 2020
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Where: Mahogany Home Owner’s Association Beach Club — 29 Masters Park SE
Registration: $50, available online