The Township of Selwyn’s PolarFest has been cancelled for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a virtual version of the Polar Plunge fundraiser still going ahead.
The PolarFest committee decided to cancel the 41st annual event, originally scheduled for February 5th to 7th, in consultation with township staff.
“As disappointing as it is to have to cancel PolarFest this year, we look forward to working with our PolarFest committee, community partners, and sponsors to welcome visitors in 2022,” organizers announced on Monday (December 14).
PolarFest normally features lots of group activities for families, including a snowman building challenge, night hike on the Lakefield Trail, a candlelight skate, ice carvings, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and more.
The festival culminates with the Polar Plunge, where crowds of people watch as participants jump into Chemong Lake at Rotary Park in Ennismore to raise funds for their favourite charities and the Rotary Club of Bridgenorth-Ennismore-Lakefield.
Organizers say “a special at home and virtual edition” of the Polar Plunge will still take place on Sunday, February 7th. Details will be announced at www.belrotaryplunge.com.