New Year's Day Activities in Metro Vancouver2018 is here! School isn’t back in session for another WEEK so there is ample time to pack in more family memories. Whether you are looking to go skating, take part in a Polar Bear swim or some other family adventure, we’ve rounded up the activities happening on January 1, 2018.

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Abbotsford | Burnaby | Chilliwack |Delta | North Vancouver | Port Moody | Richmond | Surrey | Vancouver


2018 Winter Fest in AbbotsfordWinterFest: Throughout the Winter Break Abbotsford is hosting WinterFest. The fun includes themed skates & swims at both the Abbotsford Recreation Centre (ARC) and the Matsqui Recreation Centre (MRC).


Edmonds Festival of LightsPolar Bear Toonie Skate: Enjoy ice skating, face painting, crafts & games. This is an all ages event and the cost is $2 per person (skates and helmets are included in that fantastic price).


Welcome Winter Walk at the Great Heron Nature ReserveWelcome Winter Walk: Come explore the spectacular Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve.  Their annual New Year’s Day walk is followed with a warm drink & cookies. This is a FREE event.


Polar Bear Swim in Delta38th Annual Polar Bear Swim: In addition to the icy swim, there will be children’s activities & entertainment. Good luck & keep warm (somehow). Please wear appropriate footwear / water socks, and swim-friendly clothing that covers your legs as there could be ice in the water.

New Year’s Day Skates (multiple locations & times): Grab the family and start the New Year off with a bit of exercise. Family rates apply for all the skating times in Delta.

North Vancouver:

New Year’s Day Public Swim (multiple locations & times): Mom and Dad can relax in the hot tub while the kids tucker themselves out in the pool. Enjoy a New Year’s Day swim to start 2018.

New Year’s Day Public Skate: Dazzle the crowd with your fancy spins & fast speeds. Or join me clinging to the boards. Either way everyone will have fun skating on the first day of 2018 in North Vancouver. There are skating session both Harry Jerome and Karen Magnussen Community Centres.

Port Moody:

Penguin Plunge

Photo credit: City of Port Moody

Penguin Plunge: Be brave, dress appropriately (no clue how you do that), and plunge into the icy waters of Burrard Inlet. There will be entertainment (and we aren’t talking about the people charging into the frigid waters), refreshments & fun. Registration is at 11:30am; plunge at 1pm.


Winter Wonderland in RichmondWinter Wonderland: Skate to festive music and be dazzled by thousands of sparkling lights, real snow banks, decorated holiday trees & more. This is an all ages event. Regular admission rates apply.


New Year’s Day Skate: Start your New Year on the ice & get your face painted too. Stick n’ Puck Hockey (for parents & kids 5 – 12 years) show up at 11:30. As for 12:30 onwards, it is family skate time. Admission is $3.75 (rentals are extra), or pay the Family Rate of $22.50 which includes admission, skates & helmets for up to five people.

Polar Bear Plunge 2018White Rock’s Polar Bear Swim: The annual White Rock Polar Bear Swim is a beloved community event. Afterwards warm, up with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee and get a picture with Mr Polar Bear. Meet at the rock!


Robson Square Ice SkatingRobson Square Ice Rink: Skate your way into 2018 on the outdoor covered rink at Robson Square. Skating is FREE! $4 gets you a pair of skates (cash only).

Polar Bear Swim in Vancouver

Photo credit: City of Vancouver

98th Annual Polar Bear Swim: Register to win prizes and receive a Polar Bear Swim Club 2018 badge. Daredevils can dress-up in fancy costume, compete in the Peter Pantages Memorial 100-yard swim race, or just come out to watch and delight in the spectacle!