As to whether it is real or not, in Toronto, on New Years Day there are crowds of idiots running into Lake Ontario (weather permitting), which always makes the local news. (And they are not wearing wet suits!)
Tis true when you get just one hour outside the large cities, one finds all sorts of different dialects, (often difficult to understand). One thing I can almost guarantee; they must have had one too many of those Canadian brewskies.
Frozen brain giblets!