Nelson Polar Bear Swim 

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


Thank you to all participants of the Nelson Polar Bear 2022!

We are grateful to all plungers, volunteers as well as Nelson Police Dept, Nelson Ambulance and Nelson Search and Rescue for making sure everyone was safe while taking the plunge. 

Thank you to the sponsors: Nelson Nordic Ski Club, Whitewater Ski Resort, Hume Hotel, Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort, Save-On-Foods, Kootenay Coop Grocery Store, Maverick Fitness, Oso Negro, Torchlight Brewing, Midas, Lillie and Cohoe, Cake Betty, and Viva Cacao.

And see you in 2023! 

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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

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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Sno-Fest and Polar Bears of the Past

Sno-fest! Before Kootenay Co-op Radio hosted the annual Polar Bear Swim in Nelson, the event originally took place as part of Nelson’s “Sno-fest”. There was typically a whole assortment of[…]

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Postponed again, the Polar Bear Swim will now happen on Sunday, January 30 at Lakeside Park.

PRESS RELEASE – January, 13 2021Postponed again, the Polar Bear Swim will now happen on Sunday, January 30 at Lakeside Park.The 2022 Polar Bear Swim event met some unexpected challenges[…]

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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!