Canada’s Largest Polar Bear Dip Goes Virtual

January 20th, 2021 by Emmariah Holcomb

The Courage Polar Bear Dip, the largest and the longest-running charity event of its kind in Canada, according to the charity, held a virtual event on New Year’s Day aiming to achieve $2 million total funds to support World Vision’s clean water initiatives.

While hundreds usually come out to Coronation Park in Oakville for the annual plunge into the freezing waters of Lake Ontario, the Courage family team hosted a virtual experience that included Dip Day traditions like the costume contest, live music, activities for the whole family, and videos of participants dipping.

“COVID has not cancelled our Polar Bear Dip,” said Trent Courage. “2020 has definitely been a year full of change, but the need for clean water has not changed and is in fact even more critical for communities. That’s why we’re taking the Dip virtual.”

The event marked the 26th consecutive year the Courage Polar Bear Dip has partnered with World Vision Canada to raise funds for clean water projects in Africa, with this year’s funds supporting projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda.

“What a fun and meaningful start to a year that we all pray will be one of hope after the challenges of 2020,” said Michael Messenger, World Vision Canada president. “The coronavirus has gripped the world, and vulnerable children and their communities have strongly felt its reverberating effects. But we can help—providing girls and boys and their families with clean water, sanitation and hygiene, all essential tools to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

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