Canada’s weirdest laws: in Souris, P.E.I., it’s illegal to build a snowman taller than 30 inches

This snowman definitely would not be allowed in Souris, Prince Edward Island!
This snowman definitely would not be allowed in Souris, Prince Edward Island! (Photo: REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin)

‘Tis the season; snow has started falling, the air is colder and the kiddies are building big and tall snowmen everywhere. Everywhere that is except in Souris, P.E.I.

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The town apparently has a law that forbids anyone, big or small, from building a snowman over 30 inches on a corner lot.The snowman must stay under 30 inches, or two and a half feet to be legal.

One truly strange thing about the law is that it prohibits the building of tall snowmen specifically on a corner lot.

It doesn’t look like houses in Souris are smaller than houses anywhere else in Canada, regardless if they sit on a corner lot or not, so there is no need to worry that a tall snowmen is going to crush a tiny corner lot house.

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On the other hand, Souris may have heard about the incident that an American newspaper reported about nine years ago, in which an Indiana driver hit a snowman, disloding the snowman’s head and sending it crashing into the rear window of a neighbour’s car. The snow was heavy enough to break the rear window of the car and resulted in $600 worth of damage. The driver agreed to pay for the damage but our poor snowman was still left headless.

Even if the town took notice of this story and was afraid of snowman related damage, it still doesn’t explain the corner lot prohibition.

One thing is for sure: neither Frosty the Snowman nor Olaf will be visiting Souris any time soon!

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