Ladysmith man builds giant nine foot snowman for twin girls

Frosty slows traffic along Walkem Road

Ladysmth twin siblings Laila and Riley Virtanen glow with excitement as they pose next to the giant standing guard on the their front lawn that’s caught the attention of neighbours.

That’s because the snowman built by their mom’s boyfriend Bruce McMurtrie reaches a whopping 9’3” tall, more than capable of standing toe-to-toe with a grizzly bear on its hind legs.

“Look at those smiles on their faces. I couldn’t say no to that,” he said about the 7-year-old girls when asked what inspired him to spend three hours on Sunday building the snowman.

Following first snowfall of the year a few months back McMurtrie built a castle complete with a slide and tunnel.

In the past he’s also made a mini luge course for the twins and a snowman that was seven-feet-tall.

But while some people saw the overnight snowfall over the weekend as a backbreaking slog, McMurtrie had a vision when he headed outside with his shovel.

“From the driveway I just threw it all there in a pile and then grabbed my ladder and started shaping it,” he said. “It’s solid now.”

With speaker covers for buttons and softballs for eyes, this frosty, who the girls haven’t named, is a site to be seen.

In fact, McMurtrie said he wanted to the snowman to be a focal point for motorists on Walkem Road.

“I like it because it slows people down because they race up and down this street,” he said.

Just Posted

Group pushing to preserve Saanich Hydro land as park

Neighbours petitioning to buy surplus land on Kings Road

Death-penalty decision delayed for alleged cold-case killer

William Talbott is charged here in the 1987 slaying of a young Victoria-area couple

View Royal Park sign taken down after glitch redirects to pornographic website

Resident looking to learn more about workout equipment discovered the problem code

Victoria General Hospital reopens operating rooms ahead of schedule after flood damage

Four delivery and four operating rooms were affected by a broken water valve

Emergency crews responding to incident in Goldstream Provincial Park

Delays in both directions on the Trans-Canada Highway in Langford

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

Hundreds of athletes and thousands of volunteers, coaches, parents and officials

Saanich balances need for sewer with rural protection

A Saanich councillor says the public does not need to be concerned… Continue reading

Police to provide update on case against alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur

McArthur worked as a landscaper, allegedly concealed the remains of seven men in planters

Premiers to wrap up 2 days of meetings at New Brunswick seaside resort

Meetings held in the scenic seaside town of St. Andrews on Thursday focused on trade

B.C. city wants pot punted from farmland

Concerned about conversion from growing food to making marijuana

World’s translators push back on forcing Trump interpreter to testify

Democrats had asked translator to testify about Trump’s lengthy conversation with Putin in Helsinki

No decision on B.C. school stabbing suspect’s mental fitness for trial

The BC Review Board could not determine whether Gabriel Klein, 21, is fit to stand trial

FRESH IDEA: Victoria tech firm beneficiary of streamlined government system

Software developer FreshWorks awarded $1.5-million contract using new bid program

Canadian government threatens to retaliate if Trump imposes auto tariffs

U.S president had suggested that auto imports pose a national security risk to the U.S.

Most Read