Thursday, December 23, 2021

Toronto Polar Bear Dip 2022 Cancelled

Update: A few dippers showed up to keep the tradition going with an unofficial Toronto Polar Bear Dip. See photos on my post here.

As Covid-19 Omicron sweeps through the world, including our little piece of sunshine in Ontario, the events that we all look forward to, and mostly cancelled in the past two years, are starting to fall like dominoes. Here is the announcement from the organizers of the Dip from their webpage.

"Well...this is disappointing. Hello Toronto Polar Bear Club Supporters,

Well, we thought the Polar Bear Dip might happen this year - things were looking so promising and our fundraising was off to a great start. Unfortunately Omicron and the resulting restrictions on gatherings had other plans for us. The Polar Bear Dip on January 1st at Sunnyside Beach is Canceled.

While this is disappointing, it’s out of our hands, and so in the spirit of the Dip, we hope you will continue to raise funds for Boost and do your own dip your own way on January 1st. Whether it be in a kiddie pool in the backyard, a bathtub full of ice or a dip in the lake up at your friends cottage; post your videos on facebook, twitter, instagram with the hashtag #daretodip and let’s celebrate our annual tradition online with the sincere hope that next year will be different. This is an especially challenging time for Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre who have been working on the frontline during the pandemic to provide kids the mental health and other supports they need during child abuse investigations. For those children, youth and families who rely on Boost CYAC they need our help more than ever. Your ongoing fundraising or a donation of any amount to Boost CYAC right now will make a big difference to children in our city.

Thank you,

Keith, Ian & Mike"

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For those that enjoy a cool breeze and a short plunge into a frigid Lake Ontario, you are in luck, the Toronto Polar Bear Dip is back once again on New Year's Day and all the money goes to Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre.

The beach at Sunnyside will be full of dippers getting ready for the burst of courage needed to get you running along the sand and into the water which tends to be just slightly above freezing and sometimes full of ice. They recommend that your arrive by 10:30am on January 1st, 2021, get ready (you have to register in advance this year as they won't be able to register you on site), check out some of the Polar Bears and some of the people wearing some great costumes and anxiously wait for the noon time countdown.

Also recommended is water sandals or old running shoes to protect your feet from the rocks in the water, do not, I repeat do not wear flip flops for this event as you will lose them when your feet first touch the water.

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