A huge group of brave souls took to the chilly waters of Kawkawa Lake on New Year’s Day.
About 200 people showed up for the event, and up to half of them at least dipped their toes in the lake. The Kawkawa Lake Polar Bear swim has become a tradition for many residents, whether it’s to cheer others on or take the plunge themselves.
The event was hosted by the Hope Lions Club and included a concession, and local Brian McKinney egged participants on with a countdown.
While in past years, swimmers have had to contend with snow and ice on the beach, this year was pretty balmy for Hope. According to Environment Canada, Hope’s high on Jan. 1, 2020 was 13.1C and the low was 5.3C.
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