This guy may have had some regrets as he ran out of Kootenay Lake during the Polar Bear Swim on Monday. Photo: Tyler Harper

PHOTOS: Splashing into 2018 at the Polar Bear Swim

The annual event was only bearable for the spectators

A crowd of people washed off the stink of 2017 by jumping into Kootenay Lake for the annual Polar Bear Swim on Monday.

It was a relatively mild -6 Celsius when Nelsonites made the ill-advised decision to strip off their clothes and dive into the lake.

Most realized their error almost immediately and ran back to the beach, although a few remained in the water in a bizarre show of courage, or insanity, depending on your perspective.

The event was put on by Kootenay Co-op Radio, which accepted donations for either the station or for the Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society.

Scroll down for video and photos.

 

Photo: Tyler Harper

Photo: Tyler Harper

Photo: Tyler Harper

Photo: Tyler Harper

Just Posted

Three Nelson organizations get provincial funding to fight violence against women

The money is part of $6.5 million from the provincial government

Nelson to hold open house on cannabis survey results

City staff will review results and present options for regulation

Company plans logging near site of Johnsons Landing slide

Cooper Creek Cedar owns two licences between Argenta and Johnsons Landing

Nelson tax increase down from 3% to 2.5 %

CBT grant will cover cost of new emergency operation centre

VIDEO: Moose found licking salt off B.C. man’s pickup truck

Tab Baker was in his garage in Prince George when the small moose gave his truck a clean

B.C. student makes short-list for autism advocacy award

Brody Butts honoured for his role as a mentor and self-advocate

Austin Powers ‘Mini-Me’, Verne Troyer, dies at 49

Facebook page confirmed his death Saturday afternoon

Alberta man dead after snowmobile collision on B.C. mountain

The incident occurred on Boulder Mountain Friday morning

B.C. parents grieving teen’s overdose death say it started with opioid prescription

Elliot Eurchuk, 16, died at his Oak Bay home Friday, after taking street drugs

16 of 20 fastest improving B.C. schools are public: Fraser Institute

Independent elementary schools remain at top of the chart in think tank’s annual report card

NAFTA: Talks continue through weekend in scramble to get a deal

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland called negotiations ‘perpetual’

Pulp mill fined $900,000 for leaking effluent into B.C. lake

Mackenzie Pulp Mill pleaded guilty to depositing deleterious substance into water frequented by fish

B.C.’s 2-year lobbying ban starts May 1

Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists can grant exemptions from the prohibition if public interest

Most Read