Summerland Polar Bear Dip offers symbolic way to signify new beginnings

The Summerland Polar Bear Dip returns to Trout Creek's Sun-oka Park on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.

SUMMERLAND - If you haven't already, it’s time to start thinking of New Year’s resolutions, and what better way to kick off a new year and turn over a new leaf than with a bracing plunge in Okanagan Lake?

This is the 31st year the Summerland Kinsmen have sponsored the annual Summerland Polar Bear Dip. 

Approximatley 150 people participated in last year’s event.

This year’s dip takes place at Sun-oka Beach in Trout Creek on Friday,  Jan. 1, 2016, at noon.

Join hundreds of like minded individuals as they race down the beach at noon sharp for a plunge in the icy waters of Okanagan Lake.

The Polar Bear Dip comes complete with warming fires, hot chocolate, hot dogs and Dipper T-shirts.

There will also be prizes for Best Team Costume, Best Male and Female Costumes, and Oldest and Youngest Dippers.

All proceeds go to local families and community projects.

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