File photo Costumes were prominent at the 2018 Polar Bear Swim, when around 500 souls took the plunge in White Rock.

Brrrring in the new year

White Rock Polar Bear Swim set for noon Jan. 1

With Christmas around the corner, plans are set for what comes next: the 49th annual White Rock Polar Bear Swim.

Presented by local Rotary clubs and the RCM-SAR5 (Crescent Beach), the Jan. 1 dip is a chilling tradition for hundreds on the Semiahmoo Peninsula, who brave the typically-at-or-below-zero temperatures as a memorable way to welcome the new year.

Those behind the fun say dippers – and those who prefer to stand on the sidelines, bundled up – can expect all the usuals, including the search-and-rescue Yeti mascot, the Polar Bear mascot and prizes.

Organizers last year reported a record turnout – with nearly 4,000 lining the waterfront and pier to watch about 500 hardy revellers rush into the bay.

READ MORE: PHOTOS: Record-breaking attendance for Polar Bear Plunge

Costumes are encouraged.

Registration opens at 11 a.m., near the white rock; the plunge is set for noon.

For more information, visit White Rock Rotary’s Polar Bear Swim Facebook page.

– Tracy Holmes

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