Celebrate the New Year with an icy plunge into the ocean

Under chilly but beautiful conditions, on New Year’s Day, people ran headlong into the ocean with shouts of joy and screams of shock at Saratoga Beach during the annual Polar Bear Swim.

 

After a quick dip in the water the swimmers warmed up around bonfires. Photo by Jocelyn Doll/Campbell River Mirror

For many it is a mad rush in and out of the icy water at the annual Polar Plunge. Photo by Jocelyn Doll/Campbell River Mirror

A band of bagpipers entertained the crowd at Saratoga Beach. Photo by Jocelyn Doll/Campbell River Mirror

The Oyster River Fire Department was at the event keeping an eye on the swimmers. Photo by Jocelyn Doll/Campbell River Mirror