Shubenacadie Sam Predicts an Early Spring

Nova Scotians are breathing a sigh of relief after Shubenacadie Sam’s prediction of an early spring. At 8 a.m., he came out of his hut and didn’t see his shadow.

Folklore says if Sam sees his shadow, winter will last for six more weeks. No shadow is a sign of an early spring.
An excited, large crowd of fans gathers at Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park for the annual Groundhog Day ceremony.
A young fan gets a close-up view.
You can never be too close to the action.
Seven-year-old Chase of Enfield tries to coax Shubenacadie Sam over to say hello.
Natural Resources Minister Lloyd Hines was on hand to greet Sam.
A town crier announces at the event.
Shubenacadie Sam visits a young fan after calling for an early spring.
You can follow Shubenacadie Sam’s adventures on his own Twitter account by following @ShubenacadieSam.
Nova Scotia’s geographical location means Sam’s prediction comes before the other well-known groundhogs in North America.