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Polar Bear Clubs and Swimming Events
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North American Polar Bear Clubs

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Canada
Canada

British
British Columbia
Nanaimo British Columbia Polar Bear Swim
2015-04-18 21:27:07.731607+00:00
    Parksville Beach, Parksville
    Contact information:
    ttorig@island.net, phone (250) 752-5014
    As brought to my attention by Evelyn Mitchell (12/22/1999), this club is quite famous in Canada.


Ontario
Ontario
Ottawa’s Polar Bear Club
2015-05-04 14:19:43.721674+00:00
    Ottawa, at the Ottawa River
    Event date: Jan. 1
    Contact information:
    Contact Steve Stewart
    Ottawa’s Polar Bear Club held it’s second annual fundraising event for the President’s Choice Children’s Charity on January 1, 2010. Members of the club jumped into the ice-cold Ottawa River in pairs as they brought in the New Year. Supervising the event was Steve Stewart, also known as Speedo-Steve. An experienced dipper, Stewart was a member of the original club, which was started by the Rideau-Osgoode Karate Club. Stewart resurrected the Polar Bear Club after the tradition was discontinued years earlier on the Rideau River.


USA
USA

California
California
The Penguin Club
    Los Angeles, at Venice Beach
    Event date: Jan. 1
    Contact information:
    Contact Mary McGurk, phone 310-821-8136
    This event had its roots planted by Cecilia Kilger and Darryl Wyle as far back as 1952, before Washington Pier was built, but was officially started in 1960. Former event organizer was Cecilia Kilger, now it is Mary McGurk. On New Year’s Day, hundreds of courageous swimmers of all ages brave the winter waters for the annual Venice Beach Penguin Club New Year’s Day Swim. Location is at the Venice Beach breakwater, North of Venice Boulevard and South of Windward Avenue. Participants can sign up for this free event onsite an hour before the swim at noon, while spectators can watch from the dry comfort of the shore. Near the cafés and bars on Venice Beach.


Colorado
Colorado
Boulder Polar Bear Clubwww.snowbears.org
    Boulder Reservoir, swimmer's beach.
    Event date: Jan. 1
    Contact information:
    BCAP - Walter Goedecke?
    Listed here for completeness.


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