By participating in the Polar Bear Dip, you can give “a hand up not a hand out” to families in need. Habitat for Humanity Toronto works in partnership with families who are working to escape sub-standard, poverty housing. With the help of generous donors and energetic volunteers, Habitat has built more than 100 homes in Toronto. Since 2005 the Toronto Polar Bear Dip has raised in excess of $130,000 - funds that have gone directly to build projects in Toronto. We look forward to seeing you on the 1st!

1. Sign up

Go to the Online Fundraising Site for the event and set up a team. Your team can be just you or other people can join your team to help you get pledges.

2. Get Pledges

Make a personal contribution and share your team site with your friends, colleagues, or family and invite them to support you, or maybe even join your team to jump in on January 1st with you.

3. Sign the waiver forms and bring them on the day of the event

You are required to sign three (3) waivers in order to participate on January 1st. (City of Toronto, Port Authority and Habitat for Humanity) to make it easier for you we've collected them into one document, but please ensure you've signed them all.

4. Tell your friends about the dip

Be sure to tell everyone that you're going to be one of those crazy people who jump into Lake Ontario on New Year's Day. Don't forget to Like The Toronto Polar Bear Club Facebook Page, and mention the dip on Facebook, and follow us on twitter so that you don't miss our updates.

5. Enjoy the event

We really look forward to seeing you on January 1st. We want you to have fun. So...a couple of things: wear water socks or some sort of shoes. Every year we pick up about 50 pairs of flip flops that fall off as soon as you run into the water. Being bare foot in freezing cold water and stepping on something sharp isn't fun. So bring shoes. Also, we ask you to refrain from drinking alcohol the morning of the event.

6. Brag

When it's all said and done, you'll be able to brag that you are now officially a member of the Toronto Polar Bear Club!.

Photos and Videos

Memories of Dips Past.

More Photos Coming soon! We had a computer crash on us, and we lost some photos, so if you have some photos from previous years that you can send us, please let us know! In the meantime, the fine folks at Torontoist and one of their photographers that covered our event last year (Dean Bradley - ) are sending us some of their event shots. YEAH Dean! You should check out his work - great stuff.


Every year the Polar Bear Dip is successful in large part due to our sponsors who contribute either services, facilities or other donations. Please consider sponsoring the dip, and we thank this year's sponsors.