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Photos of the Toronto Polar Bear Dip 2013

Posted by Alexandra Grigorescu / January 2, 2013

toronto polar bear dip 2013On the morning of January 1st, 2013, hundreds gathered bright and early at Sunnyside Beach for the Toronto Polar Bear Club Dip. The annual event has been a tradition since 2005, and raises funds for Habitat for Humanity, as well as being a surefire way to banish New Year's Eve hangovers for those who are brave, and motivated enough, to drag themselves out of bed.

toronto polar bear dip 2013The Toronto Polar Bear dip sees participants, each having brought a minimum sponsorship or donation of $20, run into Lake Ontario in simple bikinis or elaborate costumes--on a day when the temperature dropped beneath the 0 degree mark, although the water temperature was 2 degrees. Many wore (probably ineffectual) hats, scarves and gloves, and most dashed in and quickly ran out.

The event is one of several being held throughout the country, and the Toronto Polar Bear Dip had its highest attendance ever this year, and had raised $28,000 as of an hour before the event's start (although more people registered later).

Check out more photos below.

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Photos by Christian Bobak

Discussion

10 Comments

Johnny (Wad) Homes / January 2, 2013 at 10:08 am
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Why was the Mayor not here i quess he do`s not support these kinds of foolish events.
Monica / January 2, 2013 at 11:18 am
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These are the coolest people of our city (literally?).
AV / January 2, 2013 at 12:05 pm
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Yikes. Just.... yikes.
Keith / January 2, 2013 at 12:31 pm
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Noel Johnson gave a great performance (the singer in the pictures above)
bbbrrr / January 2, 2013 at 01:03 pm
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I postponed by polar bear swim until July 1st.

bob replying to a comment from Johnny (Wad) Homes / January 2, 2013 at 04:07 pm
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New Years Day Levee
Babak / January 2, 2013 at 04:48 pm
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White people....
Babak / January 2, 2013 at 04:50 pm
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White washed brown folks..,
ROB FORD / January 3, 2013 at 01:26 am
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People with names like "Babak"
Jake / January 5, 2013 at 09:57 am
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Babak is a racist who runs around complaining about profiling when he is pulled over for driving 90 is a 50 zone. Either go back to your tent in the desert or learn to live in a multi-cultural society where good people get together to help those in need... If they have some good hearted fun while doing so, all the better!

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