Polar Bear Jump – New Years Day – Ottawa
In support of Stopping Children’s Cancer, SEARS holds the Great Canadian Chill. This year, the event was located at Britannia Beach. (Location) The Great Canadian Chill is basically a Polar Bear Jump. Similar to a Polar Bear Swim except that, instead of running into the cold water, you jump in.
So the basic set-up is similar to ice fishing, cut a hole in the ice. In this case, the hole was about 2m by 4m and had two ladders leading out.
What better way to ring in the New Year than jump into a frozen river, in only your bathing suit? Link to Video
So onward to pictures of the participants!
Afterward is the quick search for your towel and a quick rush back to the heated tents! But of course, you need to hi-five the giant teddy bear mascot!
Graeme did take some video which we’ll post separately with some additional shots!