A swim in icy water and many levees are used to celebrate the new year.
Swimmers in the annual polar bear dip in the Charlottetown harbour New Years Day made a mad dash into the frigid waters, but they made an even madder dash back to the beach. More than 100 swimmers and even more spectators gathered at the little beach adjacent to the Charlottetown Yacht Club for the event. As the swimmers prepared themselves, the spectators lined the backyards, driveways and rocks so as to not miss any of the action. Donations in food and money were collected for the Upper Room Food Bank.
Premier Wade MacLauchlan greets Marjorie Stevenson Dawson and Wendell Dawson as they move through the receiving line of the premier’s levee. The levee was held at the Confederation Centre and saw a line of people extend through the lobby and out onto Queen Street for this popular New Year’s Day event. Dawson is a member of the Philae Shriners and his wife is a memer of the Daughters of the Nile.
Dr. Alaa Abd-El-Aziz, president of the University of Prince Edward Island, enthusiastically greets a visitor to the university’s annual levee at the Don and Marion McDougall Hall on the campus. With him in the receiving line is his wife Valerie.
Mayor Clifford Lee, left, greets former mayor George MacDonald and his wife Arleen at the annual levee at Charlottetown City Hall. Behind him is one of the many portraits in the council chambers, this one of former mayor W.S. Stewart who served from 1932 to 1934.
Lieutenant Governor Frank Lewis greets Kate Lamont, 6 of Cornwall, her grandmother Joyce Lamont, and her stepmother Donna, right, as the Lamont family moves through the reception line of the first New Year’s Day levee at Fanningbank.