Costumes are part of the tradition at Saratoga Beach's annual New Year's Day Polar Swim as a couple of Roman soldiers joined the dash into the frigid waters.

Cha-a-a-a-a-a-rge!

The annual New Year's Day Polar Bear Swim was held under sunny but chilly conditions

An enthusiastic crowd of polar bear swimmers attended the annual New Year’s Day event at Saratoga Beach today.

The annual Polar Bear Swim is a traditional start to the New Year in the Campbell River area. Sunny skies and calm waters made for a beautiful morning as the celebrants dashed into the waters of Georgia Straight at noon.