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Deep Cove Penguin Plunge participants asked to make a Jan. 1 splash at home

Annual North Vancouver New Year's Day gathering called off again due to COVID-19 concerns
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Karly Darbyshire and children Kanami and Kane are encouraging people to take part in the Penguin Plunge at Home this year rather than gathering in Deep Cove on Jan. 1.

For the second year in a row the popular New Year’s Day dip in Deep Cove will be frozen out by COVID-19 concerns, with organizers encouraging participants to celebrate with a Penguin Plunge at Home.

This is the 40th year for the Penguin Plunge, hosted by Deep Cove Kayak and Coast Outdoors, and while organizers were hoping everyone could celebrate together this year, they’re instead encouraging people to take some extra-cold at-home plunges to ring in 2022.

“We totally hoped we would get to Plunge in person together on Jan. 1, but to stay safe and healthy we’ll unfortunately have to wait till next year to gather in Deep Cove together,” organizers said in a release. “We’re hoping to see some extra cold dips at home or wherever it works for you to plunge safely (perhaps add some ice to commemorate the occasion!️).”

Those still keen on getting cold Jan. 1 can take part in the Penguin Plunge at Home simply by going for a chilly dip in a tub, kiddie pool or other safe frigid space, and then post photos or video on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #penguinplungeathome2022.

To receive a Penguin Plunge 2022 commemorative button, participants can email an image to

For every person pictured with a the #penguinplungeathome2022, Deep Cove Kayak and Coast Outdoors will donate one dollar to Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 2 – North Vancouver.