This week’s snow might have melted, but don’t pack away your winter gear just yet, Vancouver. The resident BC ‘groundhog,’ Van Isle Violet, ventured outside after months of hibernation and saw her shadow, which means we’ve got six more weeks of winter left to tackle. On the bright side, though, this means more time to stay cozy indoors or take advantage of these winter activities.
On the morning of Thursday, February 2nd, Van Isle Violet made her prediction.!
The #GoundhogDay2023 prediction is in: Van Isle Violet is calling for 6 more weeks of winter. She seemed more than happy to tuck back into bed for more hibernation. #GroundhogDay #VanIsleViolet https://t.co/zCRNg41zfx
— Marmot Recovery Fdn (@MarmotRecovery) February 2, 2023
As it happens, Van Isle Violet is actually a Vancouver Island Marmot, which is a critically endangered species of marmot that still belongs to the ‘groundhog’ (Sciuridae) family. And while we might not be super stoked about six more weeks of winter, more snow on the ground means a longer cycle for endemic plants, keeping meadows greener for longer.
This popular two-day music festival is returning to Metro Vancouver & the lineup is insane
14 delicious spots for cheap breakfast in and around Vancouver
View this post on Instagram
Van Isle Violet is monitored by the Marmot Recovery Foundation, which has been working since 1999 to save the species from extinction. What’s more, the Vancouver Island Marmot population seems to be growing, with an approximate rise from 200 to 258 marmots between 2020 and 2021.
So if longer winters mean these cute little animals have a better chance of prospering, we can definitely get on board with a little more cold weather.
In the meantime, we plan on hitting up some local jazz nights and dessert shops to stay cozy over the next couple of weeks. And a little extra sleep in between is certainly a luxury!
Read more in Lifestyle
10 scenic viewpoints in Vancouver to check out this spring
This BC private island has its own dock & uninterrupted ocean views from its estate
Vancouver was just named one of the "most tranquil" cities in the world
Fun-tastic Summer Job: The PNE's hiring over 200 positions with exciting perks
Curiocity In Your Inbox!
Want more? Subscribe to our newsletter for exclusive deals, stories, info & more!Subscribe Now