Revel in the chilly waters of Port Moody inlet on Jan. 1

Don't forget the Port Moody Penguin Plunge on Tuesday, Jan. 1. This is a chance to clear your head after all the New Year's Eve revelry.
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Start off the New Year Tuesday, Jan. 1 in the frigid waters of Port Moody inlet. But don't forget to wear your top hat.

This year, PoMo's centennial is the theme for the annual Penguin Plunge slated for Jan. 1 at Rocky Point Park. Pleasantside Community Association is organizing the event that will see hundreds of be-costumed revelers racing down the boat launch ramp for a chilly dip.

Prizes will be awarded for best costume and there will be a bonfire, face painting, musical entertainment, hot chocolate and cupcakes. As well, a centennial photo will be taken on the pier and there will be historical displays in the park.

Registration opens at 11 a.m., with participants receiving a commemorative Centennial Penguin Plunge button with the registration fee ($5 per person or $10 per family of four). All proceeds go to Pleasantside Community Association.

Following registration, Penguin Plungers can hang out in the tent and warm themselves by a bonfire. Judges will select the best costume at 12:40 p.m., PoMo Mayor Mike Clay will unveil the centennial flag at 12:50 p.m., the centennial photo for the time capsule will be taken on the pier at 1 p.m., followed up by the the plunge. Best costume awards will go to the winners of the Best Silly Hat, Best Team, and Best Original Costume.


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