Celebrate Groundhog Day with Shubenacadie Sam

Nova Scotians are invited to celebrate Groundhog Day with Shubenacadie Sam when he makes his annual spring prediction from his home at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin will join Sam to watch the prediction at 8 a.m.

According to folklore, winter will last for six extra weeks if a groundhog sees its shadow; and no shadow is a sign of early spring.

“Sam will be the first to make his prediction, about an hour before his fellow groundhogs in Ontario and the eastern United States,” said Mr. Rankin. “Sam and I invite everyone to be part of the excitement of Groundhog Day at the wildlife park and enjoy hot drinks, family activities and informative displays.”

The park opens at 7 a.m., admission is free-of-charge until noon.

Those unable to attend can watch the prediction live at: www.novascotiawebcams.com/en/webcams/shubenacadie-sam/.

For Groundhog Day, the park will be open until 3 p.m. Directions to the park and winter hours are available online at http://wildlifepark.novascotia.ca .