Record-setting year for Perth Polar Bear Plunge

January 2, 2017 by

Crowds gathered to watch the annual Perth Polar Bear Plunge on New Year's Day (Photo: Lois Perreault)

Though it will be a little while until the final totals are in, we can tell you that this year’s Perth Polar Bear Plunge was a resounding success, seeing one of the largest turnouts in the events history.

Organizers are calling this year’s edition a record-setter, with more than $28,000 raised for Lanark County Interval House with more money expected to trickle in in the coming days.

In an email to Lake 88 yesterday afternoon, Interval House Executive Director Erin Lee said that as of yesterday afternoon the total raised by 83 plungers was $28,495. Lee also said, “This was an outstanding day for the agency and for the community,” and is extending her thanks to all who took part.

83 plungers took to the icy Tay River at the Legion to help raise money for the cause.

Close to 400 people came out to watch the brave souls hit the frigid water. They also heard that next year’s recipient will be the Table Food Centre in Perth.


Lake 88's Brian Perkin MC'd the event (Photo: Lois Perreault)

Co-founder Dave Lavery returned to Perth from Afghanistan to take part in the annual tradition, and was able to continue his personal goal of double-dipping which sees him jump into the icy water at both the beginning and end of the event.

The leap has been taking place in Perth since 1994, co-founded by Lavery, Stan Munro, Jeanette Buker, and others at the Royal Canadian Legion.

Since its inception, the plunge has raised more than a quarter-million dollars for local charities.


Team Lake 88 takes the plunge! (Left to right: Angie Pacey, Cathie McCabe, Bob Perreault, Tracy Regimbald, and Kevin Atkins) (Photo: Lois Perreault)


Team Interval House before the big jump (Photo: Lois Perreault)