Toronto

Polar Bear Dip participants brave the cold for a cause

More then 500 people came out for the annual plunge at Toronto's Sunnyside Beach, and in Oakville's Coronation Park, more than 800 attended the chilly Courage Polar Bear Dip into Lake Ontario.

More than a thousand people took the plunge into the chilly waters of Lake Ontario on January 1

Hundreds of attendees came out for Polar Bear Dips in both Toronto and Oakville on New Year's Day. (John Lesavage/CBC News)

Hundreds of participants braved the cold on New Year's Day for Polar Bear Dips in Oakville and Toronto.

Participants in Toronto and Oakville raised money for charity by diving into the chilly waters of Lake Ontario. 0:37

More than 500 people came out for the annual plunge at Toronto's Sunnyside Beach. The winter-weather event has raised nearly $370,000 for Habitat for Humanity since 2005.

And in Oakville's Coronation Park, more than 800 attended the chilly Courage Polar Bear Dip into Lake Ontario to raise money for World Vision.

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