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Toronto Zoo’s NEW
Polar Dip

Saturday, March 2, 2019
Registration: 8am to 9am
Awards Ceremony: 9:15am to 9:30am
Start of Event: 9:30am
End of Event: 11:30am
Location: Outside the Zoo’s Wildlife Health Centre Viewing Gallery in our dip tank, generously provided by GFL Environmental Inc. and liner provided by Rand Pools & Spas

The Toronto Zoo is hosting its very first Polar Dip where participants will have the chance to “dip” into icy-cold waters to raise awareness for polar species conservation! PLUS join us after your dip in the Special Events Centre for a ‘Post-Splash Bash’. Special Events Centre opens at 10am and all Zoo guests are welcome to join in the celebrations.

Registration fee: $100

A registration fee of $100 is required to participate, but don’t stop there! You can continue to fundraise by collecting pledges from friends and family, or even dare them to join you by participating as part of a team! Plus, your participation in the Toronto Zoo Polar Dip will raise funds to support conservation of polar bears at the Toronto Zoo and in the wild. Bag/coat check and change rooms will be available to dippers at no extra charge. Please note that all participants must sign a waiver before participating.

Contest: One-of-a-kind prizing, including an exclusive special viewing of a polar bear training session with our Keepers, will be awarded before the start of the event for the following categories:

  • Top Individual Fundraiser
  • Top Fundraising Team
  • Best Dressed
  • Most Spirited

Virtual Dip:
Want to raise funds for polar bears without registering for the Dip? A ‘Virtual Dip’ option available online for those who wish to fundraise for the Polar Dip without plunging into icy-cold waters. Simply add the $0 ticket to your cart and proceed to check out.

Post-Splash Bash:
Join us for a Post-Splash Bash in our warm-up station at the climate-controlled Special Events Centre where visitors will get a chance to meet our polar bear Keepers, hear their stories, and find out what the Zoo is doing to help these iconic animals. You can also participate in fun and educational activities, including a silent auction!  

Saving Polar Bears:
The Toronto Zoo is a champion for Canada's majestic polar bears listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as they are at risk of becoming endangered due to climate change. Proceeds from the Toronto Zoo Polar Dip challenge will support the Toronto Zoo’s role in scientific research, education and saving and protecting the polar bear for future generations.

In all cases, the primary conservation concern for polar bears is habitat loss and reduced access to their seal prey due to climate change. Scientists predict that as the Arctic continues to warm, two-thirds of the world's polar bears could disappear within this century. Research also shows that hope remains if action is taken now to reduce the impacts of climate change.

REGISTER HERE Make a Pledge Here

Polar bear swimming

Polar Bear Humphrey - Photo Credit Ken Ardill

*Please note all events subject to change without notice.


Please be advised the Toronto Zoo will become a smoke-free property for our guests starting on May 1, 2019. Learn more here.

Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, 2019
Please be advised that the Wildlife Health Centre Viewing Gallery will be closed for Doors Open Toronto and it will re-open on Monday, 2019-05-27. Those wishing to take part in Doors Open Toronto must enter via the Administrative Complex located at 361A Old Finch Ave. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please note that the Zoo’s hours on Saturday, June 1, 2019 will be 10:00am to 7:00pm.

The Zoo is hosting a private event for SickKids Hospital from 8:00am to 10:00am.