The traditional New Year Polar Bear swim will not take place in 2021. (PQB News file photo)

The traditional New Year Polar Bear swim will not take place in 2021. (PQB News file photo)

COVID-19: Parksville’s annual Jan. 1 polar bear swim cancelled for 2021

RDN hopes to hold event again in 2022

COVID-19 has derailed another annual tradition.

The popular Jan. 1 polar bear swim in Parksville will not take place in 2021 due to provincial pandemic protocols.

The traditional event, which draws brave souls who enjoy a frigid dip to usher in the New Year, takes place at the Parksville Community Park Beach. It’s organized by the Regional District of Nanaimo, which hopes to be able to hold it again in 2022.

For those wishing to do a big splash on their own, the RDN advises people to follow some guidelines laid out by the Red Cross to keep everyone safe. For more details go visit www.redcross.ca

READ MORE: COVID-19: Christmas Magic will be missing at Milner Gardens in Qualicum Beach

For those looking for things to do this holiday season, visit the RDN’s Rec Connect at www.getinvolved.rdn.ca

— NEWS Staff

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