Hundreds brave the chilly waters of the Salish Sea to kick off 2019. The Jan. 1 polar bear swim at Esquimalt Lagoon is among a handful of chilly dips that still kick off the new year in Greater Victoria. (Ragnar Haagen/News staff)

Hundreds brave the chilly waters of the Salish Sea to kick off 2019. The Jan. 1 polar bear swim at Esquimalt Lagoon is among a handful of chilly dips that still kick off the new year in Greater Victoria. (Ragnar Haagen/News staff)

WATCH: Hundreds brave chilly waters of the Salish Sea to start 2019

Polar bear swims continue in popularity across Greater Victoria

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Hundreds braved the chilly waters of the Salish Sea to kick off 2019.

A series of New Year’s Day swims started the year for dippers across Greater Victoria: Esquimalt Lagoon, Sidney, Sooke and Metchosin.

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Hundreds brave the chilly waters of the Salish Sea to kick off 2019. The Jan. 1 polar bear swim at Esquimalt Lagoon is among a handful of chilly dips that still kick off the new year in Greater Victoria. (Ragnar Haagen/News staff)

Hundreds brave the chilly waters of the Salish Sea to kick off 2019. The Jan. 1 polar bear swim at Esquimalt Lagoon is among a handful of chilly dips that still kick off the new year in Greater Victoria. (Ragnar Haagen/News staff)

Dozens of brave souls start off the new year with a chilly dip at Glass Beach in Sidney. (Photo by Ralf Klostermann)

Dozens of brave souls start off the new year with a chilly dip at Glass Beach in Sidney. (Photo by Ralf Klostermann)

WATCH: Hundreds brave chilly waters of the Salish Sea to start 2019

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