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Shark sighting in Wahnapitae! Sudburians beat lockdown blues with snowy creations

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If you are driving through Wahnapitae, you should keep your eye out for sharks. 

A Greater Sudbury family found a way to beat the winter blues by building a shark snow sculpture in their backyard.

Chantal Paquette's parents usually go to Florida but stayed home this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

After Paquette's dad, Dennis, saw a contest in Wahnapitae to build a snow sculpture, a handful of family members and a close family friend jumped in to help create "Sammy" the shark.

"We decided to make a shark since they are one of my dad's favourite things in the whole world," Paquette told "In his earlier years, he used to scuba dive all over the Caribbean and dove with sharks on many occasions. ‘Jaws’ is our favourite movie of all time."

Working in shifts to maintain social distancing, the team managed to complete their first-ever snow sculpture in 20 hours during the months of January and February.

Sammy's teeth are made out of painted wood and food colouring was used to create an ocean oasis. 

"COVID has been tough on my parents and my family," Paquette said. "Since we cannot visit anyone, we thought doing a project outside, safely of course, would help elevate everyone’s spirit and make people smile."

"It’s all about the little things in life and creating memories with the people you love."

Did you build a snow sculpture this winter? We want to see it! Post a photo of your snowy creation in the comments below or email your pics to [email protected] to have it added to our photo gallery.

Here are the winners of Wahnapitae's 1st Annual Snow/Ice Sculpting Competition.

The town of Walden also hosted a snow sculpture contest during the virtual Walden Winter Carnival on Family Day weekend.

View all those entries here, including a mini replica of Sudbury's Super Stack, complete with billowing smoke!

superstack_snowsculptureFacebook: Brian Hawdon



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