Brave bathers plunge into freezing Ontario Lake for New Year's Polar Bear Dip

Hardy swimmers braved the freezing waters of Lake Ontario in Oakville, marking the New Year with a traditional 'Polar Bear Dip'. People sported a number of creative costumes and bathing suits for the event. «I think it's good for you, wakes you up, gets you refreshed from the night before, it's fantastic,» said John, a bather posing as Moses. Joana travelled from Cuba especially for the dip... Еще. «I'm very happy for this experience, a very cold experience but a very nice one.» The plunge takes place every year on January 1 and apart from working as an effective sobering-up method for late-night revellers the event helps raise money for charity. Over 700 dippers raised US$120,000 (€105,000) for clean water projects through World Vision Canada. Similar events took place across the globe as the world dove head first into 2019.

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