Thousands participate in Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014 (PHOTOS & VIDEOS)

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Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014

A record 2,549 people took part in the 94th annual Vancouver Polar Bear Swim at English Bay earlier this afternoon on New Year’s Day.

The water temperature in downtown Vancouver was 2 degrees Celsius higher than the average for this time of year and just slightly below the air temperature of 7 degrees Celsius.

At 2:30 p.m., thousands of people of all ages stormed into the water wearing nothing but bikinis, speedos, spandex suits, various headwear, and even creative outfits and costumes including Gumby, Jaws and a giant polar bear head.

Thousands more also lined the beaches to watch the spectacle and to support friends and family.

Participants were encouraged by the crowd’s chants and perhaps even a little bit of liquid courage. They lined up behind a yellow ribbon with the majority taking a dip into the icy waters for only a few seconds. A few brave ‘polar bears’ swam all the way to the marker buoy by the main lifeguard boat.

Vancouver’s annual Polar Bear Swim is not only the largest in Canada but also among the world’s largest.

Do you have photos and/or video of the 94th Polar Bear Swim at Vancouver’s English Bay? Tweet it to @VancityBuzz with #PolarBearSwim or send it to us by email at tips[at]vancitybuzz.com. We’ll share it with our readers!

Speedo Vancouver Polar Bear Swim 2014
Image: Instagram @christianjauand

Speedo Vancouver Polar Bear Swim 2014
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Polar Bear Swim 2014 Vancouver
Image: Frederick-eric Mari Mangao

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: B. Weir / League of Shadows

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kangsoon Park

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kangsoon Park

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kangsoon Park

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kangsoon Park

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kangsoon Park

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kangsoon Park

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kangsoon Park

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kangsoon Park

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kangsoon Park

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kangsoon Park

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kangsoon Park

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kangsoon Park

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kangsoon Park

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kangsoon Park

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Eric M. Mangao Photography

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Eric M. Mangao Photography

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Eric M. Mangao Photography

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Eric M. Mangao Photography

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Eric M. Mangao Photography

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Eric M. Mangao Photography

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Eric M. Mangao Photography

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Eric M. Mangao Photography

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Eric M. Mangao Photography

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Eric M. Mangao Photography

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Eric M. Mangao Photography

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Eric M. Mangao Photography

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Eric M. Mangao Photography

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Eric M. Mangao Photography

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Eric M. Mangao Photography

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Eric M. Mangao Photography

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kuna Photography Group

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kuna Photography Group

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kuna Photography Group

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kuna Photography Group

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kuna Photography Group

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kuna Photography Group

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kuna Photography Group

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kuna Photography Group

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kuna Photography Group

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kuna Photography Group

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kuna Photography Group

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kuna Photography Group

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kuna Photography Group

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kuna Photography Group

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kuna Photography Group

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kuna Photography Group

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kuna Photography Group

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kuna Photography Group

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kuna Photography Group

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kuna Photography Group

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kuna Photography Group

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kuna Photography Group

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kuna Photography Group

Polar Bear Swim Vancouver 2014
Image: Kuna Photography Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

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