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Ch-ch-chill out – the NOTL Penguin Dip is back on Boxing Day
The polar dip will be held at Balls Beach on Boxing Day. File

This Boxing Day brave souls can join Chris Bjorgan for the Penguin Dip at Queen’s Royal Park in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The annual plunge into icy Lake Ontario happens will be the 47th time people have taken the cool plunge, said Bjorgan.

For those who have not heard about the dip but want to become a penguin, Bjorgan said, “what happens is a whole bunch of really crazy people show up and we jump in the water three times.”

The past three years, the dip has been under the radar due to COVID, with only four penguins participating, he said.

This year he doesn’t know how many people will show up but said in past years, “we have had up to 60.”

His fondest memories come from surviving the three dips into the freezing water.

Bjorgan recommends bringing extra towels and parking as close by as possible.

“Now, I’ll tell you something, after a day of lying around, filling your gut on Christmas Day and being lazy, going out for a quick dip in the water the next day really gets you back on course,” he said.




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