If you want to start your new year by taking a major plunge, here’s how. A very big — and very cold — charity dip is landing just a short drive from Toronto on January 1.
The Courage Polar Bear Dip is a fundraising event for World Vision, where jumpers pledge $30 or more for the privilege of plunging into the cold waters at Oakville’s Bronte Beach Park.
On New Year’s Day, thousands of swimmers and spectators will converge at the park for the 35th annual event, where participants of all ages are welcome.
In addition to the cold-water plunges, there will be live music, food stations, and a costume contest.
It’s set to be great fun, all for a great cause.
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World Vision is the largest non-governmental provider of clean water in the developing world, providing a new person with clean water every 10 seconds. According to their website, the Courage Polar Bear Dip is the largest dip of its kind, so participants can really feel great about the impact of their involvement.
If cold-water swims are your thing, check out the site for more info about how you can get involved.
Keep in mind that the event was previously scheduled to take place at Coronation Park in Oakville, but due to unsafe conditions from rock buildup in and out of the water’s edge, it’s been relocated to Bronte Beach Park.
So, grab your snowsuit and your swimsuit, and get ready to take a dip.
When: January 1
Time 12:30 to 2:30 pm
Where: Bronte Beach Park, Oakville – 45 West River Street