Shubie Sam set to make his winter prediction

Raissa Tetanish, The Truro Daily News
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SHUBENACADIE – The spotlight is almost set to shine on Shubenacadie Sam.

Sam, a groundhog at the Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park, will make an appearance at 8 a.m. Sunday to predict the end of winter’s wrath this year. (For a Q&A session with Sam, click here.)

“It’s fun to do,” said Theresa Adams, the assistant education co-ordinator at the park about why the park hosts a day full of celebrations and events. “It’s an opportunity for people to come out and have fun. Winter is long and dreary sometimes, so this is an entertaining break in the middle of it.”

With Groundhog Day falling on Sunday this year, it’s also a chance for the park to spread knowledge of World Wetlands Day.

“In the (Greenwing Legacy Interpretive Centre) will be numerous displays, information booths and activities,” Adams added. “The Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre will be here, as well as Clean Nova Scotia, Ducks Unlimited and representatives from the Department of Environment, Department of Agriculture and Department of Natural Resources.”

The park will open at 7 a.m. on Sunday and remain open until 3 p.m. Sam will make his appearance at 8 a.m. to make his prediction.

“Sam was absolutely accurate last year in his prediction,” said Adams, adding more than 1,000 people attended the park’s activities a year ago.

“Hopefully this year we will have another full house before Sam heads back into hibernation.”

Following Sam’s prediction, the gates to the animal portion of the park open, however will close at 2:30 p.m. to allow everyone who enters a chance to make it through the entire park before it closes at 3.

Gertrude the Groundhog will also make an appearance to have her picture taken, especially with the younger attendees.

At 10 a.m., a guided hike around the wetland trail will begin and snowshoes will be available to use, and the Altonators will perform at 10 a.m. in a room next to the main office.

The displays run inside the wetlands centre from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., which will also feature facepainting, a groundhog-themed craft, and coffee and hot chocolate.

The park won’t charge admission during the day, however non-perishable food donations will be accepted in support of the Shumilack Food Bank.

In the community for Groundhog Day, breakfast will be served at the Shubenacadie Legion on Mill Village Road between 8 and 10:30 a.m. The Lions Club is co-sponsoring the breakfast. Cost is $7 per person, and those under five are free. A $25 family rate is also available.

The Tin Shop Museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the movie Groundhog Day will be shown at the Shubenacadie Community Hall at 1 p.m.

With the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics set to begin later in the week, bronze medalist rower Tracy Cameron will be a special guest at both the breakfast and the wildlife park.

For those that can’t make it to the park for Sam’s prediction, it will be live online at

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Organizations: Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Ducks Unlimited, Department of Environment Department of Agriculture Department of Natural Resources Shumilack Food Bank Lions Club Tin Shop Museum Shubenacadie Community Hall

Geographic location: Shubenacadie Provincial Wildlife Park, Mill Village Road

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