Nelson Polar Bear Swim 2023

Fundraiser for Kootenay Co-op Radio and Friends of Kootenay Lake


participants on the beach

total fundraiser



Your generosity has gone above and beyond! We are truly grateful for your support. By showing up at the Nelson Polar Bear, you showed your support for your community-powered radio and a healthy Kootenay Lake.

The annual Polar Bear Swim happened in Nelson at Lakeside Park beach at noon on Sunday January 1st 2023. Between 350 and 400 people showed up to participate. The annual event is a fundraiser for Kootenay Co-op Radio (KCR) and Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society (FoKLSS).

20 sponsors and 20 volunteers helped to put this event together! Thank you!

Thank you to all the plungers and their supporters that raised funds.

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Congratulations to Laurence who raised $1310!

By raising the most money, Laurence won a night and breakfast for 2 at The Sentinel in Kaslo, plus access to the spa. Thank you to the Sentinel for their donation.  Participants could also win $200 for a dinner for two at Outer Clove or a ShoeBox cinema rental in Nelson to invite 20 of your friends over to watch a movie! And so much more! 

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A fundraiser for Kootenay Co-op Radio and Friends of Kootenay Lake

This is a wonderful family friendly event that these two small non-profits take great pride in being able to bring to the community. 

Friends of Kootenay Lake

Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society (FoKLSS) is your local environmental non-profit that works to improve the health and stewardship of Kootenay Lake through monitoring, habitat restoration, capacity building, and empowerment of local communities, First Nations, and stakeholders.

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Kootenay Co-op Radio 

Since 1999, KCR has worked with the community to build the radio station into the member-owned, member-operated destination for listeners who want the authentic West Kootenay experience. Each week, our passionate team of volunteer hosts serve up almost 100 hours of original music and talk broadcasts, exploring the wide spectrum of tastes, issues and opinions that shape the unique spirit of our region. 

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News and Announcements

By Stephanie Meyers

A fantastic start to 2023!

Thanks to YOUR support, together we raised $7,703 for your local lake and radio station! That’s over triple the amount we raised last year. Way to go! Thank you so[…]

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Covid Friendly Nelson Polar Bear Swim 2021

See pictures and video >> Kootenay Co-op Radio Keeping the Polar Plunge Alive (and Shivering!) The best way to say goodbye to 2020 is with a scream… as you plunge[…]

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2017: Kootenay Co-op Radio saves the Polar Bear Swim

Kootenay Co-op Radio Saves the Polar Bear Swim “It’s back on. The Nelson Polar Bear Swim, which was cancelled earlier this week, has been picked up by Kootenay Co-op Radio (KCR) and will go ahead on New Year’s Day. “It’s a fun, wacky, crazy event that should definitely continue,” KCR outreach co-ordinator Stephanie Myers told the Star.

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Why take the plunge? 

The Polar Bear Swim is a fun event that brings together hundreds of people every year. By taking the plunge you:
• Challenge yourself and friends
• Enjoy the health benefits of a cold plunge
• Support your local radio and power stewardship efforts on Kootenay Lake


Take the plunge with friends and family members!

 This is the best way to start the year!

Thank you to our sponsors!

We are VERY grateful for the generosity of these local businesses, drop by and let them know you appreciate their support of Kootenay Cooperative Radio and Friends of Kootenay Lake!
If you want to sponsor The Nelson Polar Swim contact Amelie at