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The tradition will continue in Kelowna on New Year’s Day with the return of the city’s annual Polar Bear Dip.
Hundreds of people will gather at Tugboat Bay in Waterfront Park to jump into the frigid water of Okanagan Lake, a way to wipe the slate clean to kick off 2024.
The annual event will take place from 1-3 pm, with the plunge set for 2 pm and several other activities planned.
There will be music, food trucks and a much-needed warm-up zone for both participants and spectators.
As always, the event will benefit CRIS Adaptive, a local organization that supports people with physical, cognitive, intellectual and sensory challenges and disabilities.
CRIS Adaptive helps those people get outdoors to enjoy wilderness recreation and sports programs that promote independence and improve their mental well-being.
All proceeds raised through the fundraising aspect of the Polar Bear Dip will go to the important local non-profit organization.
“The Kelowna Polar Bear Dip is not just an event; it's a celebration of bravery and community spirit,” notes a release from CRIS Adaptive.
To get involved with this year’s event, click here and sign up, create a team or donate to the cause, then share it around so others have the option to do the same.
Then, get ready to beat that New Year’s Eve hangover with a quick plunge into Okanagan Lake on New Year’s Day.