Over 300 people participated in Toronto's annual New Year's Day Polar Bear Dip (VIDEO)

Jan 2 2020, 6:58 am

Every year – likely while you’re suffering through a champagne hangover – hundreds of Torontonians gather at the edges of Lake Ontario to throw themselves into the freezing cold water in an attempt to start the year off actually feeling something in their lives.

(We kid.)

The exhilarating 2020 edition took place on a beautiful New Year’s Day at Sunnyside Beach and saw a lot of costumes, smiling people, and cold weather reactions when all the clothing came off.

The inspiring plunge helps raise money for charities, and has done so since 2005.

“The Toronto Polar Bear Club had another successful year with over 300 Torontonians taking the plunge in support of Boost Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (Boost CYAC),” said event organizers.

“Today’s event raised $60,000 for Boost CYAC, a local organization that provides services and programming for children and youth who have experienced violence and abuse, and their families.”

After checking out this video, maybe you’ll see the power in signing up for the coolest way to start your 2021.

Until then, stay warm out there, Toronto.

Check out some participants’ videos and photos:

 

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