Cold water doesn’t stop Port Morien Polar Bear Dip
Roughly 45 people braved the ice-cold waters off Port Morien to take part in the seventh annual polar dip yesterday.
Normally the water temperature hovers around four degrees in early January, but this year dropped to -1.
The bitterly cold water didn’t freeze the event’s fundraising efforts.
The dip raised over ten thousand dollars for the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 55 in Port Morien, making this the most successful Polar Bear Dip yet.
The event has raised over $34,000 in the seven years it has taken place.
The dip normally occurs on New Year’s Day, but was postponed this year because of the poor winter weather.