Are you looking for a REALLY fresh tree?
Well, this being windy, dry Calgary, that is hard to find on any of the tree lots! The best way to get a really fresh tree and to have some family fun is to cut your own Christmas tree. If you’re one of the families who still insist on a “live” tree (I’m with you!), we have some ideas beyond the grocery store tree lot. This is such a lovely, old-fashioned, and reasonably easy thing to do as a family! It may not be the lushest tree in the world, but it will smell amazing and the kids will love it!
Where to cut your own tree near Calgary:
For a $5 (+GST) permit from Alberta Environment and Parks, you may cut down up to 3 trees in an approved forest area. There are height restrictions of course, but aside from that, the perfect tree is fair game! The permit is a TM66 and is now available online or you can go to any of the following locations to get it (and a map!):
Forestry Division Office
8660 Bearspaw Dam Road NW
Monday to Friday, 8:15-4:30 (closed 12 -1 pm)
Fish and Wildlife Division Office
3115 – 12 Street NE
You can also cut your own Lodgepole Pine Christmas tree by visiting the Alberta Junior Forest Wardens‘ Christmas tree cutting area near Sibbald Creek. Tree cutting costs $5 each (cash or cheque) and there’s a maximum of 3 trees per person. On weekends when the lot is manned, there is a snack shack selling hot dogs and hot chocolate and a big bonfire to warm you up! For a map to their lot, see here. This program runs from November 30 – December 22, 2019. The lot is manned on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 3 pm, road and weather conditions permitting. You are welcome to cut a tree when the lot is not manned, just bring your $5 and note that you may need to park outside the gate. See the Junior Warden’s website for information about the Alberta Junior Forest Wardens.
Read about one family’s tree cutting adventures!
Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.