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Port Dover dives right in while other Polar Bear Plunges cancel due to cold

Despite cancellations in Toronto and Oakville, dozens of people in Port Dover — south of Brantford — stripped down and jumped into the frigid waters of Lake Erie for the annual polar bear plunge.

The Toronto Polar Bear Club also cancelled their event for the first time 13 years

Jen Sibbett and Carmen Davis splash in Lake Erie during the New Year's Day Polar Bear Dip in Port Dover, Ontario, Friday, January 1, 2016. (Dave Chidley/Canadian Press)

Despite cancellations in Toronto and Oakville, dozens of people in Port Dover — south of Brantford — stripped down and jumped into the frigid waters of Lake Erie for the annual polar bear plunge.

Elsewhere in Ontario, the Perth Polar Bear Plunge went ahead as planned.

Oakville's popular polar bear dip was abruptly cancelled yesterday afternoon after organizers discovered the beach had frozen over with a sheet of ice and was too unsafe to walk on.

The Toronto Polar Bear Club also cancelled their event for the first time 13 years.

The cancellations came after weekend temperatures dropped to almost minus-30 overnight, while daytime highs hovered near the minus teens.