Polar Bear Swims tend to be a Jan. 1 tradition to ring in the new year.
Not in Royston.
Residents in the community south of Courtenay waited until Family Day, Feb. 17 to dip their toes and dunk their heads in the ocean.
About 20 brave souls launched themselves into the Pacific at the Spirit Bear Swim, Monday at the Royston Waterfront off Marine Drive. Each was rewarded with a Spirit Bear stuffie for their efforts.
Prizes were awarded for best costume.
The Royston Community Club hosted the seventh annual event.
Royston Roasting Company was on site serving coffee, hot chocolate and tea.