The annual Polar Bear Swim is set to take place at noon on New Year’s Day in the South Thompson River on the beach in Riverside Park.
Attendees are encouraged to form teams, wear costumes and bring non-perishable food bank items to the chilly dip. NextGen Electrical will match all food bank donations by weight. The 2018 Polar bear Swim in Kamloops resulted in 73 pounds of food and $130 in cash being donated to the food bank.
The 2019 swim will splash down in cold temperatures, with Environment Canada calling for a high of -5 C under cloudy skies. But it could be worse. It could be Jan. 1, 2018, when too much ice in Riverside Park forced Polar Bear participants to move east to Pioneer Park (left), where they took a dip on a day when the mercury never rose above -12.8 C.