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Oakville Event: The Courage Brothers’ Polar Bear Dip for World Vision

December 28, 2009

Hundreds of dippers are expected to brave Lake Ontario’s icy waters at Oakville’s Coronation Park again this year during the 25th annual Courage Brothers’ Polar Bear Dip, which is Toronto’s most supported New Year’s Day charitable tradition. More than $420,000 has been raised to provide clean water in developing countries since the first dip in 1985.

The event, which began when local businessmen Todd and Trent Courage jumped into Lake Ontario in Burlington, is now Canada’s largest charitable polar bear dip – attracting over 500 dippers and 5,000 spectators each year.

In celebration of the event’s 25th year, the Courage brothers and friends hope to have their biggest event ever and surpass their $60,000 fundraising goal.

The proceeds will be used to drill boreholes, install wells, collect rainwater for irrigation, and train the community how to protect their vital water resources.

Last year, the event’s festival-like atmosphere, with live music, costumes and celebrities (last year Tom Cochrane was a special guest) drew more than 460 participants and 5,000 spectators to Coronation Park in Oakville.

WHEN: New Year’s Day, Friday January 1, 2010

WHERE: Coronation Park, Oakville, Ontario (Lakeshore Road between 3rd and 4th Line)


12:30 p.m.

  • Registration begins
  • Live band performs on main stage

1:00 p.m.

  • Regional Chair of Halton welcomes visitors
  • Oakville Member of Parliament brings greetings
  • Costume contest on main stage

1:30 p.m.

  • Pre-dip interview availability (Todd Courage, Trent Courage, Michael Messenger of World Vision)
  • Please register at media table to ensure interview

2:00 p.m.

  • Polar Bear Dip begins

All Participants:

  • With the $25 registration fee, will receive a t-shirt, and a membership certificate;
  • Who raise more than $100 will receive a Courage Brothers’ Polar Bear Dip toque;
  • With every $100 raised, will receive a ballot for a chance to win prizes;
  • Will be eligible to win prizes for the best individual costume and the best group costume.

For further information: Further information on the Toronto area’s largest and most supported Polar Bear Dip can be found at



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