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Take a chili dip in the lake on New Year’s Day

Photo courtesy The Daily Gallery

Chilly is a relative term. Chili isn’t.

The first depends on your metabolism, attire, and attitude. The second is what’s waiting for you at this year’s Polar Bear Dip.

The Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation is sure that attitude is the most important element and that the warm chili that awaits will more than make up for the rest.

The Hospital Foundation welcomes all of Nelson’s swimmers and floaters, young and not so young, to take the plunge for health, personal pride, and appropriately, to raise money to purchase essential Kootenay Lake Hospital Emergency Ward equipment.

The quick dip into Kootenay Lake starts at noon on Jan. 1 at Lakeside Park, and will be preceded by a hot chili lunch, which can be purchased by donation, at 11:30 a.m.

While the Foundation gladly provides the warm snack, in turn, they welcome the environmentally conscious. Please feel free to bring your favorite washable bowl, mug, and spoon. 

Pledge forms for the Polar Bear Dip can be found at the front desk of Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson, as well as at

Donations will also be accepted at the hospital and at Lakeside Park during the event.

Start the New Year with gusto. Bring your supporters. Make them pay.