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:
Nov. 27/20: Alberta has waived the $5 fee this year!
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. There will be a bonfire to warm you up, but be sure to bring masks. For a map to their lot, see here. This program runs Saturdays and Sundays from November 28 – December 20, 2020, from 9 am to 3 pm, road and weather conditions permitting. See the Junior Warden’s website for information about the Alberta Junior Forest Wardens.
Read about one family’s tree cutting adventures!
However, if you don’t make it out to the woods or really would rather buy from a tree lot, consider getting your tree at IKEA this year because partial proceeds from tree sales will be directed to the Women In Need Society (WINS). Beginning November 21, Calgarians can purchase a $25 Christmas tree from IKEA (pay inside, pick up outside from the onsite Christmas tree lot). Plus when you purchase an IKEA tree, you also receive a $25 IKEA coupon to use in the new year. Trees will be on sale until December 20 or while quantities last.