12/26/2013 10:41 EST | Updated 02/25/2014 05:59 EST


VANCOUVER - Snow and sub-zero temperatures may have been on the minds of many polar-bear swimmers across Canada on Wednesday, except in southwestern British Columbia where the thermometer climbed well above zero.

At Vancouver's English Bay, a water temperature of 8C, an air temperature of 6C and a lack of wind combined to create the right conditions for a record-breaking swim, said city spokesman Sean Healy.