Swimmers exit the water after participating in the 2017 Polar Bear Swim on Gabriola. Sarah Holmes photo

Swimmers exit the water after participating in the 2017 Polar Bear Swim on Gabriola. Sarah Holmes photo

In the depth of winter. Folklife Village, as seen from across the pond near the Commons, after one of the snowfalls Gabriola felt during December. Photo courtesy Aleksandra Brzozowski

In the depth of winter. Folklife Village, as seen from across the pond near the Commons, after one of the snowfalls Gabriola felt during December. Photo courtesy Aleksandra Brzozowski

Swimmers warm up after the Polar Bear swim on Gabriola. Sarah Holmes photo

Swimmers warm up after the Polar Bear swim on Gabriola. Sarah Holmes photo