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