The life of a snowflake starts with delicate, atmospheric crystal formation and ends with sudden mangling beneath the ice skates of teenagers. Frolic in nature’s icy beauty with today’s Groupon to the Sears Great Canadian Chill on Sunday, January 1 at Woodbine Beach. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get event registration for one (a $25 value).
- For $45, you get event registration for four (a $100 value).
Participant check-in starts at 11 a.m.
The Sears Great Canadian Chill sends warm-hearted participants into chilly waters on the first afternoon of the new year to raise funds for the Sears Canada Charitable Foundation and support pediatric oncology centres across the country. After checking in with event volunteers, hyperborean splashers dubbed “Chillers” can show off chic swim trunks or bikini-cut snow pants during a frosty costume contest. Stalwart aquanauts then plug noses and charge toward the shores of Lake Ontario. Once bobbing amid crisp waves and balaclava-clad krakens, Chillers can spend as much or as little time in the water as their internal thermometers permit. Post-plunge, participants defrost over refreshments provided by local restaurants, and a host of live performances and activities add to the event’s festive atmosphere. Participants are advised to bring along a towel, bathing suit, cranial periscope, and warm clothes to the event, and feet should be swaddled in sensible footwear such as rubber shoes or water socks. Peruse the event’s FAQ page for more information.
Sears Great Canadian Chill
Sears Great Canadian Chill, a charity polar bear dip that raises funds and awareness for children’s oncology research and treatment, charges participants to brave shiver-inducing waters in the name of stopping kids’ cancer cold. Event coordinators in Toronto and Ottawa partner up with chillers to participate in the frosty event and train for future careers as polar bears. All of the collected monies are sent to the Sears Canada Charitable Foundation and evenly allocated to support local and national pediatric oncology initiatives. The Toronto Chill is in support of SickKids.