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More than 300 people enjoy a cold dip into the sea to welcome 2024

Conditions were perfect for this year’s Polar Bear Swim

Close to 330 people welcomed the New Year with a cold splash into the sea at the 2024 Polar Bear Swim at the Parksville Community Park Beach on Jan. 1.

It was organized by the Regional District of Nanaimo recreation department. According to Lisa Moilanen, the RDN’s engagement co-ordinator, they had more participants that registered this year.

The were 326 people registered, up from 312 last year. But Moilanen added, as there are always those that don’t register, they believe the numbers could be more than 350. There were also many spectators cheering them on.

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Moilanen said the energy was great and received support from Arrowsmith Search and Rescue and from the Parksville Fire Department.

“The day was perfect with a water temperature of approximately 8 C and partly cloudy skies,” said Moilanen. “The weather and tide conditions were perfect. Very fun family-oriented event.”

Michael Briones

About the Author: Michael Briones

I rejoined the PQB News team in April 2017 from the Comox Valley Echo, having previously covered sports for The NEWS in 1997.
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