11 inspiring photos from Toronto's New Year's Day Polar Bear Dip

Jan 2 2017, 10:30 pm

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 2017 edition took place on a beautiful New Year’s Day at Sunnyside Pavilion 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 Habitat for Humanity, having collected nearly $400,000 for the cause since 2005.

After checking out these photos, maybe you’ll see the power in signing up for the coolest way to start your 2018.

Until then, stay warm out there, Toronto.

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