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Canada: Hundreds welcome 2016 by plunging into freezing Lake Ontario01:44

Canada: Hundreds welcome 2016 by plunging into freezing Lake Ontario

Canada, Oakville, Ontario
January 2, 2016 at 00:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

More than 800 people welcomed in 2016 by taking a plunge into Lake Ontario, near Oakville, on Friday. Dressed in a variety of costumes, participants braved freezing temperatures to take part in the annual Courage Polar Bear Dip, raising $130,000 (€119,671) for charity in the process.

Discussing the event, one participant named Brian Betsworth said: "I've gone polar bear dipping for many many years, ever since I was a teenager. And now I do this just to start off the New Year with something fresh and interesting and it's sort of a baptism.""

This year's dip was the largest to date and marked the 31st time that participants had braved the icy waters of Lake Ontario on New Year's Day. This year's funds have been donated to World Vision Canada and will go towards the Rwanda: Right to Clean Water project.

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More than 800 people welcomed in 2016 by taking a plunge into Lake Ontario, near Oakville, on Friday. Dressed in a variety of costumes, participants braved freezing temperatures to take part in the annual Courage Polar Bear Dip, raising $130,000 (€119,671) for charity in the process.

Discussing the event, one participant named Brian Betsworth said: "I've gone polar bear dipping for many many years, ever since I was a teenager. And now I do this just to start off the New Year with something fresh and interesting and it's sort of a baptism.""

This year's dip was the largest to date and marked the 31st time that participants had braved the icy waters of Lake Ontario on New Year's Day. This year's funds have been donated to World Vision Canada and will go towards the Rwanda: Right to Clean Water project.