Get ready polar bears for a cold New Years dash

The Shawnigan Shiver takes place at Government Wharf Park at noon on New Year’s Day, with registration beginning at 11 a.m.

The Shawnigan Shiver takes place at Government Wharf Park on Shawnigan Lake at noon on New Year’s Day, with registration beginning at 11 a.m.

A number of other polar-bear swims are scheduled for the Cowichan Valley on New Year’s Day as well.

They include the annual one at Cowichan Bay’s Hecate Park with participants running down the boat ramp into the cold ocean water at 11 a.m.

The oldest swim is at Maple Bay by the rowing club, which begins at noon.

This event usually draws lots of folks in costume so if you’ve got something fun to wear, give it a try.

The polar bears will also be hitting the water in Crofton at noon.

The brave and the bold are invited to take to the ocean at the boat launch beside the ferry terminal at the end of Chaplin Street.

Ladysmith’s annual polar bear swim is also scheduled for noon at Transfer Beach Park, just off the Trans Canada Highway.