At 1 p.m. on New Year’s Day, about 60 revelers charged into Stave Lake for the annual Polar Bear Dip. Just before the scheduled swim time, the sun came out and the temperature climbed to a respectable four degrees Celsius. / Bob Friesen Photos

VIDEO & PHOTOS: Chilly way to start 2019 in Mission

Two separate polar bear swims were held on New Year’s Day

It was a really cool way to start 2019.

There were two local polar bear swims on New Year’s Day in the Mission area.

The larger one took place at 1 p.m. at Stave Lake as about 60 revelers ran into the water as part of the yearly tradition.

Just before the scheduled start time, the sun came out to raise the temperatures to an almost ‘bearable’ four degrees Celsius.

The other local swim took place at 11 a.m. at Hayward Lake.

Originally organized as a fundraiser for the Mission U11 Girls Soccer Team, the swim became a free event with 16 hardy souls braving the chilly waters, and 50 more well wishers cheering them on.

 

Although the Mission U11 Soccer Team had to cancel their fundraising effort, the 11 a.m. Polar Bear swim at Hayward Lake proceeded with 16 hardy souls braving the chilly waters, and 50 more well wishers cheering them on. / Bob Friesen Photos

Just Posted

Work on the Mission seniors’ centre, housing project to start in the fall

Facility consists of an 11,000 square foot community centre with 74 studios above it

Charge laid in Abbotsford motorcycle crash that killed Maple Ridge woman

Megan Kinnee, 19, died in collision on July 13, 2018

Young musicians get chance to win opening act spot at Chilliwack Fair

Three finalists will vie for top spot at the Fair’s Saturday night show

Abbotsford couple bring son home from Nigeria after long adoption delay

Kim and Clark Moran spent almost a year waiting to finalize adoption of Ayo, 3

PHOTOS: Fraser Valley Pride Celebration kicks off in Mission

The Stage hosted two events, including the fundraising dinner and talent showcase

VIDEO: B.C. MLA Michelle Stilwell takes first steps in nearly 30 years

‘It actually felt like walking. It’s been 27 years… but it felt realistic to me’

Report of dead body in B.C. park actually headless sex doll

This discovery, made at Manning Park on July 10, led police to uncovering two other sex mannequins

Grand Forks fire chief found to have bullied, harassed volunteer firefighter: report

WorkSafeBC, third-party human resources investigation looking into allegations complete

Dog recovering after being drenched in hot coffee, B.C. man charged

Man was taken into custody, charged, and released pending a court date

Taekwondo instructor, 21, identified as B.C. bat rabies victim

Nick Major, 21, an instructor at Cascadia Martial Arts in Parksville

Science expedition to Canada’s largest underwater volcano departs Vancouver Island

Crews prepared for a two-week research mission to the Explorer Seamount

B.C. shipyard to get one-third of $1.5 billion frigate-repair contract

The federal government has promised to invest $7.5 billion to maintain the 12 frigates

Worried about bats? Here’s what to do if you come across one in B.C.

Bat expert with the BC Community Bat Program urges caution around the small creatures

B.C. on right road with tougher ride-hailing driver rules, says expert

The provincial government is holding firm that ride-hailing drivers have a Class 4 licence

Most Read