Haruka Kishikawa and Nina Kato grin and bear it as they take on the cold Parksville water together during the Polar Bear Splash.

Hundreds take plunge in Parksville’s Polar Bear Splash 2019

Brave souls take dip in frigid waters

A large crowd of people gathered at Parksville Community Park on Jan. 1, eager to tear into the frigid waters during the Polar Bear Splash. Altogether 230 people, young and older, registered for the event, hosted by the Regional District of Nanaimo. Members of Arrowsmith Search & Rescue were on hand to provide assistance if needed, and were offering hot chocolate and cookies by donation. The Parksville Volunteer Fire Department and BC Ambulance Service were also on hand to provide medical assistance if needed. Event participants were all smiles and cheers however, many looking pleased and exhilarated as they reunited with their family, friends and towels.

– Photos by Lissa Alexander/video by Chris Baribeau


Hinako Saeki and Toyah Burchardt help a young lad through the frigid waters during Parksville’s Polar Bear Splash.

Steve Probyn “The Hat Trick Clown” beams as he makes a slow descent out of the frigid water at Parksville’s Polar Bear Splash.

Local friends and family don Crayola costumes for the Polar Bear Splash, explaining that, “any colour goes in our box.”

Brandy Dutton cheers in anticipation minutes before she jumps into the cold water at Parksville’s Community Park during the Polar Bear Splash.

These two young boys couldn’t get out of the cold water fast enough during the Polar Bear Splash in Parksville’s Community Park.

The Polar Bear Splash 2019

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