Shubie Sam the only Canadian groundhog to see its shadow

Shubie Sam 2020

Canada's most prominent groundhogs have had their say.

Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Sam emerged from his burrow northeast of Halifax this morning, and his handlers say he saw his shadow.

But in Ontario and Quebec, Wiarton Willie and Fred la Marmotte were paraded before their respective audiences and evidently saw no shadow.

Folklore has it that if a groundhog sees its shadow on February 2nd, it will retreat into its burrow, heralding six more weeks of cold weather.

The lore suggests that when a groundhog sees no shadow, it means spring-like temperatures are on the way.

This year, the festivities at Shubenacadie Wildlife Park surrounding Sam's annual forecast were cancelled this year due to a blustery snowstorm that hit the region last night.

But the fanfare went ahead in Wiarton, Ontario, where Mayor Janice Jackson was joined by Premier Doug Ford and the so-called "shadow cabinet" to announce the rodent's forecast.

Fred la Marmotte made his prediction during a lengthy ceremony on his home turf in Val-D'espoir, Quebec.