2024 Nelson Polar Bear Swim 

Fundraiser for Kootenay Co-op Radio and Friends of Kootenay Lake
Monday, January 1st 2024- Lakeside Park Beach in Nelson

Our 2024 goals, let’s do it together!

participants on the beach

total fundraiser


See you on the beach!

This year again, Kootenay Co-op Radio (KCR) is organizing the Nelson Polar Bear Swim at Lakeside Park in Nelson on Monday, January 1st. The event is a fundraiser for KCR and Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society.

Get ready! 

Thank you our generous sponsors: Ellison’s Market, Terratherma, Kootenay Woodstoves, Gilbert Parts Depot, Kootenay Co-op, Lillie & Cohoe, Nelson Olive Oil Cie and Midas in Nelson!


Register and fundraise for a chance to win lots of prizes donated by awesome local organizations, such as 1 night with spa access and breakfast for two at The Sentinel in Kaslo OR a $200 gift card to the Relish restaurant in Nelson OR 2-day passes to Whitewater Ski Resort. We are grateful for the support of these sponsors as well as The Civic Theatre, Mallard’s Source For Sports, The Tickle Trunk and the Nelson Nordic Ski Club.

See 2024 prizes

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 2024!

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 sponsorship@nelsonpolarbearswim.com