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Peachland Polar Bear Swim

All across the country daring Canadians took part in the Polar Bear Dip, an annual New Year's Day tradition. 

Peachland held its annual dip at Swim Bay near the Community Centre on Beach Ave. 

218 costumed dippers dashed into Okanagan Lake - a record number since the event started in 1996. Hundreds of spectators were also on hand to watch. 

"This a community event that the District of Peachland puts on every year for our citizens," said Cheryl Wiebe, Director of Community Services with the District of Peachland. "We draw all sorts of people from other locations as well." 

The Rotary Club served hot chocolate to chilly guests, while The Lion's Club provided hot dogs. Both organizations also accepted donations for the food bank. 

MP Dan Albas attended the event with his two daughters, and Bob Purdy paddled alongside swimmers in support of his cause "Paddle for the Planet." January 1 marks the third year anniversary of Purdy's daily paddle, and he wore a pink tutu for the occasion.  

"The whole beach was full and people were right out to the end of the piers; you couldn't find a place to park," said Peachland resident Mike Pudney, who was out to watch the event. 

Certificates were given to all those who participated. 

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