Sunday, December 31, 2023

Toronto Polar Bear Dip 2024

The hard part is getting up early after New Year's Eve, no I am wrong, the hard part is still running into the cold, cold water of Lake Ontario! Still, what a way to celebrate the new year by taking part in the 2024 Toronto Polar Bear Dip on Monday, January 1 at Sunnyside Park. The photo at top was from the start of last year's dip. The following photos are from the 2024 dip.

This was one of the mildest polar beardips as temps hovered just below freezing and they didn't have to clear any ice away.

The dip is in support of Boost Child, Youth and Advocacy Centre (CYAC) and onsite check in begins at 10am and the dip takes place at 12 noon. Registration costs $30 per person and closes on December 31, 2023. Don't forget that you can fundraise or donate to the charity.

Due to construction of the boardwalk in front of Sunnyside Pavillion the dip was moved a bit to the west of the building. 

Some points to consider is that there are no changerooms so you may have to change out of your cold, wet clothes in your car - wear your swimsuit to the event. Weather will be perfect, from sunny to partly cloudy and a high of 1 degree Celsius. In addition the organizers have prepared the following checklist for the day.

"To make your experience as enjoyable as possible, we recommend at least the following:
Proper Footwear – Stepping on something rocky or pointy isn’t fun in freezing cold water.
Wear full water sandles or water socks (best) or old running shoes (ok, just make sure they fit snugly).
Lots of towels
A blanket to claim your patch of beach and to change on
Warm loose fitting clothes and footwear that are easy to put on in a hurry when you get out of the water (big loose fitting boots are amazing)
!!! Important !!! Bring a friend to mind your stuff and help you when you get out of the water.
If it’s a really cold day, your feet and fingers won’t work real well after the dip so you’ll probably need some help and since we don’t have change rooms,
someone to hold up a towel for you can be handy…"

Site Location
Sunnyside Park Beach, Toronto
Beach area on the waterside by the bathing pavillion
1755 Lake Shore Blvd West.
Toronto Ontario

See more photos after the jump.

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