A New Years Tradition

Banging pots and pans; Watching the ball drop in Times Square, New York; Fireworks. The celebrations around New Years and the suspenseful countdown vary from family to family, from person to person. Each event or activity is subtly laced with a tradition that stands the test of time. Vancouver has its own traditions as well, one of which is the ever popular Polar Bear Swim.

The Polar Bear Swim takes place in English Bay, on January 1st of each year, at 2:30pm. The tradition started in 1920, when a group of ten swimmers bravely ran into the cold waters of English Bay. Since then, the event has grown to include over 2,000 swimmers, and many more thousand spectators. This year, 2012, marks the 92nd anniversary of the event. It is an event that has been seen around the world, garnering attention from such media giants as CNN. There have been extremely cold water temperatures recorded. Some years resulted in only three degrees Celsius. Yet despite the inclement water or weather conditions, this tradition remains one of the milestone markers of the New Year.

At Take Five Café, we’d love to hear about some of your traditions. How do you ring in the New Year? If it’s with a Polar Bear Swim on January 1st 2012, we’d be happy to help you warm up with a freshly brewed coffee afterwards. However you ring in the New Year, remember one thing – it doesn’t take much for a tradition to catch on. A group of ten people have created a legacy that’s lived for 92 years. Dream big; make things happen; it’s a New Year, and the possibilities are endless.

Happy New Year from all of us at Take Five Café.

(for more information about the Polar Bear Swim, check out the Vancouver Parks and Recreation History)


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