9th Annual Yoshukai Spirit Training at Willows Beach! Photo credit Robert Dening

Hundreds of people got the new year off to a chilly start by taking part in the annual New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim at multiple locations around Greater Victoria, on Friday.

Here are 17 photos and videos:

Polar bear swim in Metchosin at Taylor Beach. Image: Doug Clement Photography
Polar bear swim in Metchosin at Taylor Beach. Image: Doug Clement Photography

Polar Bear Swim this morning on Dallas Road! JAN 1 2016! Image: Tanya Piekarski‎

Happy New Year! #beautifulday #polarbearswim

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Are you entertained????!!?

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Starting the year off right! @nicoledonaghy89 🌊☀️🏊🏼

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My Hubby💚 did the Sidney Polar Bear Plunge!

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9th Annual Yoshukai Spirit Training at Willows Beach! Photo credit Robert Dening.
9th Annual Yoshukai Spirit Training at Willows Beach! Photo credit Robert Dening.