The ground in Gander is still white after a record-breaking 58 centimetres of snow fell on the town over the May 24 weekend.

Instead of enjoying their barbeques and patio furniture, most people in the central Newfoundland town spent the first long weekend of the summer season shovelling driveways and trying to salvage spring flowers.

"It's too late in the year for the snow," lamented Gander resident Marion Stratton. "We don't need any of this right now."


This is one of a dozen or so snowmen made at Square Pond Park over the May 24 long weekend. (Courtesy Samantha Sweetapple)

Gina Byrne, the owner of Square Pond Friends and Family RV Park, 28 kilometres east of Gander, said all 106 of her camping sites were booked for the long weekend.

Last year, Byrne said campers got sunburns in 20-degree weather. But weekend, Byrne said she had to pull out the camp's snowplow, and organize alternate activities for younger campers. 

"We couldn't do our regular childrens' activities that we had," said Byrne. "So we decided to put on a snowman-building competition."

"The kids were all gung-ho, and we had about 12-ish snowmen built."

Meanwhile, officials with the town of Gander said they would keep their fleet of snowplows on standby for another week, just in case more snow falls.