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2024 Nelson Polar Bear Swim

January 1 @ 12:00 pm

This year again, Kootenay Co-op Radio is organizing the Nelson Polar Bear Swim at Lakeside Park in Nelson on Monday, January 1st at noon. The event is a fundraiser for KCR and Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society. Join hundreds of people ringing in the New Year by diving into the cold water of our beloved Kootenay Lake. Too cold for you? Come and encourage the brave plungers! Costume, accessories, fun dressing up highly recommended!

> See here how to participate, register and raise funds for both organizations. 

Event Details

  • Sunday, January 1 2023 at Lakeside Park in Nelson at Noon
  • Free
  • Free hot chocolate, coffee and chili for participants
  • Prizes for Best Individual Fundraiser, Best Youth Fundraiser, Best Team Fundraiser and for Best Costume
  • Music by Kootenay Co-op Radio DJ and MC on the beach
  • The funds raised at this event go to support the important community work that Kootenay Co-op Radio and Friends of Kootenay Lake do.

How to participate in 2024?

  • Sign the waiver (Adult or Under 19)
  • Set up fundraising page & fundraise (you don’t need to raise funds to take the plunge but it’s really cool if you do!)
  • Share with Friends and Family via email or on your social media and ask them to support your brave plunge!
  • Take the plunge on January 1st at Lakeside Park in Nelson at noon.

Every dollar raised or donated during the Polar Bear Swim matters. Your support helps Kootenay Co-op radio, your local community-powered radio station that reflects the unique spirit of the Kootenays and helps Friends of Kootenay Lake run important stewardship projects needed to improve the health of Kootenay Lake.

For more info, contact Amélie at or stop by the radio at 308 A Hall Street in Nelson.

Thanks to the 2024 generous sponsors:


January 1
12:00 pm
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Kootenay Co-op Radio
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Organizer Contact Name
Amélie Sauquet-Davidson