02/28/2013 02:48 EST | Updated 02/28/2013 03:23 EST

McMaster University Canoe On Lake: Students Go Canoeing During Flood (VIDEO)

The next time your school campus decides to flood, grab a canoe.

After all, that's exactly what engineering students at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., did this week, after a flood on campus.

"The quad gets flooded whenever there is snow melting or heavy rain. There's a path that runs across which people use to get between classes, but you have to trek through knee-deep water so people end up going all the way around," says Prashant Patel, a life sciences student at the university, who shot the viral video.

But instead of looking for rain boots, Corey Bastarache, Yassin Strinic, Ross Willet and Steven Toniolo decided to get into their boxers and canoe their way across campus instead. Bystanders asked for lifts across the lake and the next day, others were spotted surfing in zero degree temperatures.

Patel says this fake lake — dubbed Lake McMaster on Twitter — happens every year.

"It's just the way the landscape is. That particular area is lower than the rest so all the water collects there," he tells The Huffington Post Canada.

Patel says the the lake usually dries up after a few days on its own, but this time around, the university decided to drain the lake with a pump.

McMaster is known as one of Canada's top post-secondary institutions, ranking #152 out of 200 universities worldwide.

Academics aside, it's obvious Canadian university students aren't afraid to get, well, involved. With multiple versions of the Harlem Shake dance craze abounding, and many enthusiastic "Gangnam Style" versions on campuses across the country, Canadian students are jumping on the trends — and maybe, thanks to Lake McMaster, creating them.

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