Hudson's Hope will ring in 2020 and celebrate winter with a new polar plunge at Lynx Creek later this month.
The event is new to the district's annual Winter Carnival and will take place Jan. 25. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Lynx Creek Boat Launch. The plunge will take place at 1:15 p.m.
Hudson's Hope Fire Rescue, BC Ambulance, and North Peace Search and Rescue will be on site for first aid and for safety purposes. There will also be a bonfire and hot chocolate.
"There's nothing more impressive than to say you did a polar plunge in minus whatever weather it's going to be," said Kaitlyn Atkinson, events and recreation co-ordinator for the district.
"As far as polar plunges go, this is the one you would probably want to do for bragging rights."
If the weather proves to be too cold on the day of the plunge, the event will either be postponed or cancelled, depending on the availability of event partners, Atkinson said.
There is no cost to participate so long as you bring a non-perishable food donation that will go to stock the shelves of the food bank run by the Friends of Hudson's Hope.
Those who take the plunge will get a T-shirt for their bravery.
The district's winter carnival is in its 11th year and will run from Jan. 21 to 27.
A number of events will be held throughout the week, including free skating, snowshoeing excursions, a trapper sports relay, a rail jam at the pool park, a comedy night, family dance, and a community dinner.
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