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Wiarton Willie’s home vandalized with spray foam insulation

Wiarton’s beloved buck-toothed albino groundhog is in the news again months after predicting an early spring after someone vandalized his enclosure. The Town of South Bruce Peninsula said it was disappointed to share someone sprayed foam insulation inside the cherished community mascot’s enclosure near Bluewater Park and the local library. In the post to Facebook, […]

Wiarton Willie weekend has fun for all ages

While Wiarton’s Bluewater Park became a little kid magnet with fun things for them to do Saturday during Wiarton Willie weekend, the annual Lion’s Club pool tournament at Lloyd’s Smoke Shop drew different fun-seekers. Willie predicted an early spring Friday and there’s been a winter bash in his honour since 1956. But Lloyd’s has been […]

Willie’s annual prediction weekend two weeks away

Wiarton Willie will be gently awakened from his winter slumber starting later this week. Each day, town staff will slightly raise the temperature in his enclosure so that come Friday, Feb. 2, Groundhog Day, Willie should be up and at ‘em. There is much anticipation of the albino groundhog’s annual prediction, from all corners of […]

The latest Wiarton Willie is getting ready for his close-up

Willie’s all snug in his Wiarton home now, ready for his world premiere. The albino groundhog may not know it, but eyes and ears around the world will be focused on his prognostication — this time at an in-person event Feb. 2, at 8:07 on Groundhog Day morning. Fireworks over the bay will start at […]

Camera shy but definitely alive, Willie predicts an early spring

So long, winter. Wiarton Willie predicted an early spring Wednesday morning in crisp resolution as the famous festival went virtual again amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Janice Jackson joined Willie on stage to translate the marmot’s 66th annual prediction. Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker, Bruce Power CEO Mike Rencheck, Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First […]

Willie’s prognostication will be online-only this year

Omicron has forced Wiarton Willie’s live, annual morning prediction online only, with the public not present, and cancelled Groundhog Day festivities in South Bruce Peninsula. If Willie doesn’t see his shadow at 8:07 a.m. Feb. 2., legend has it we’ll have an early spring. If he does, here come six more weeks of winter. “The […]