Craig Dunfield rises out of the water after his jump into Lakelse Lake at the 25th Kinsmen Kermodei Bear Swim on New Year's Day.


Despite very cold weather, about a dozen people jumped in the lake at the 25th Terrace Kinsmen Kermodei Bear Swim.

A good-sized group of diehards braved the freezing temperatures to take their turn at a plunge in Lakelse Lake at the 25th Kinsmen Kermodei Bear Swim.

“I think we had about a dozen brave souls,” said kinsman Bryan Crampton.

“The weather was amazing; cold but clear and no wind. Could not have asked for more.”

That included Craig Dunfield, who was raising money for the Terrace Northmen Rugby team, and who took a stuffed RBC mascot named Arbie into the water with him. Dunfield, who works at RBC, wore his rugby uniform.

The event also raised money for other local groups: Caledonia Basketball and Scouting and Ventures. The fundraiser was open to anyone who wanted to raise $50 in pledges.

The jump took place at the Kin Kamp and included Terrace Search and Rescue members who were in the lake themselves making sure everyone who jumped in could get out safely and be on hand in case of any medical issues.

The kinsmen also drew their Third Annual Travelers Choice Raffle for a chance to win $10,000 in credit at either of the two travel agents: Elan or Uniglobe.  C. Bohn of Terrace won.

They thank local businesses for their sponsorship that makes the swim happen: CFNR and Hawkair, Kermodei Grill, West Point Rentals, Beaudette Contracting, Silvertip Promotions & Signs, Aqua Clear and Western One.