Oakville’s 2018 Polar Bear Dip Cancelled

Published January 1, 2018 at 4:13 pm

Blame it on the rocks.

Blame it on the rocks.

Chills and cheap thrills have been iced for those looking to score bragging rights by facing the frigid temps on New Year’s Day in Oakville for the Courage Polar Bear Dip.

The annual tradition has been cancelled this year due to safety concern, organizers announced at 11:05 a.m. Monday.

Hundreds of dippers were expected to take the plunge

into the icy cold waters of Lake Ontario – as thousands of spectators look on – to help provide clean water in developing countries via World Vision.

The annual event was scheduled for Jan. 1 at Coronation Park.

Registration and live music were to begin at 12:30 p.m., with the dip happening at 2 p.m.

The 2017 dip, with roughly 700 participants, raised $125,000 for Tanzania, Rwanda, Ghana, and Mali.

Money goes to improve the health and safety of children by providing clean, healthy water in their communities.

Photo: Twitter/@PolarBearDip

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