The annual Polar Bear Swim at Rushbrook was a hit on New Year's Day 2016.

Polar bear swimmers take the New Year’s Day plunge

Dozens of swimmers braved a quick dip in the chilly ocean water on New Year's Day in Prince Rupert

The boat launch at Rushbrook was teeming with onlookers and swimmers for the annual Polar Bear Swim.

The Rotary Club hosted the event and provided hot chocolate, coffee and hot dogs. A few of the swimmers dressed up in costumes for fun. There was a snowman, a Grinch and even a few cowboys.

Doug Kydd and Keith Lambourne ran the announcements at the swim. They said that there were at least 150 people who showed up and a few dozen who took the icy dip into the water. Participants were between the ages of four and seventy years.

“It’s fast. You get in, you get out. Most people don’t last much longer than probably a minute but it’s a neat event,” Kydd said.


Just Posted

Disaster in store for Prince Rupert, announces Lester Centre of the Arts

Auditions set to take place at the end of October

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

Pembina CEO says ‘noise’ makes Trans Mountain pipeline bid unlikely

Trans Mountain was sold to federal government in 2018

Northwest Wave Riders return from Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

This was the first time in 25 years that northern B.C. teams competed

Fore-get about golf this weekend, Vic Marion Seniors tournament postponed

Rainy forecast in Prince Rupert pushes tournament to later date

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

The Northern View announces inaugural Tyee Fishing Derby in Prince Rupert

More than $7,000 up for grabs for biggest legal salmon and halibut

The Northern View 2019 Readers Choice

It’s that time of year again! Vote online or at the Prince Rupert office before noon on Aug. 30

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Forests minister visits B.C. town rocked by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

B.C. music teacher accused of sexual misconduct involving girls

Police believe other victims could be out there after the arrest of Lamar Victor Alviar

B.C. family stranded in Croatia desperate to come home

Funds being raised to bring back mom and two children

B.C. man on trial for daughters’ murders says an intruder broke in

Andrew Berry takes stand in his defense for December 2017 deaths of young daughters

Most Read