Canada's largest Polar Bear Dip celebrates Canada's 150th

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  • Celebration of Canada's 150th birthday
  • Nearly 1000 dippers expected to attend
  • Wearing red & white classic Canadian costumes
The Courage Polar Bear Dip for World Vision will celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, featuring waves of dippers wearing red & white and classic Canadian costumes. Photo/World Vision
(December 29, 2016)

WHAT: The Courage Polar Bear Dip for World Vision, the biggest and longest-running charity dip in Canada, returns on New Year's Day 2017. To celebrate the first day of "Canada 150", nearly 1,000 dippers have set a fundraising goal of $150,000 for clean water projects in Africa. 

WHEN: Sunday, January 1, 2017, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., with the dip itself taking place at 2p.m.

WHERE: Coronation Park, Oakville 1426 Lakeshore Rd W, Oakville, ON 

  • Huge crowd of brave Canadians of all ages, counting down and running into the cold waters of Lake Ontario together, many of them in red & white costumes 
  • Canadian costume contest to mark "Canada 150" 
  • Live music with a festive atmosphere 
  • Thousands of spectators supporting the dippers

Todd and Trent Courage, Polar Bear Dip founders
Eric Frans, Vice-President, World Vision Canada    

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Social media: @PolarBearDip; #PolarBearDip   

  • This year's event will be an extra special celebration of Canada's 150th birthday with a wave of nearly 1000 dippers encouraged to wear red & white or classic Canadian costumes 
  • The Courage Polar Bear Dip for World Vison is the largest charity dip in Canada 
  • Todd and Trent Courage founded the Courage Polar Bear Dip as teenagers, 32-years ago 
  • The Dip is expected to raise $150,000 this year for World Vision water projects in Rwanda, Ghana, Mali and Tanzania 
  • Overall fundraising since inception is expected to surpass $1.5 million this year