Earlier this year many people from far and wide decided to put their bravest foot forward and dump ice over themselves in support of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. With the waves of social media posts flooding our page feed, this initiative was able to raise over 100 million dollars, 16 of which came from Canada. Go Canucks Go!
Forget the bucket, we just want the ice…
This coming Thursday, January 1st at 2:30pm, over 1000 people are expected to make their way to English Bay Beach (near Denman and Beach Avenue) for a Polar Bear swim. This provincially and nationally celebrated “christening” for some, is an invigorating way to break in the new year.
There is chatter that Kitsilano will have it’s own “Shrinkage” affair, but no specific place has been set. Last year many people chose to do as Polar Bears do and plunge into the chilly waters at Kits Beach, Spanish Banks and Jericho, however no crowds were there to hear them scream.
The polar bear swim or plunge on Wikipedia reports that this event has been active since 1920 and typically gets over 1,000 registered participants. Since registration is not enforced the numbers of “dips” are far greater than reported.
Over 10,000 onlookers are expected to visit the beach to catch a glimpse at the frightened turtles. I suppose it’s similar to that of Whale watching only at a much smaller scale. 😉