“Christmas Tree Day” Celebrates Local Tree Growers

(Prairie Christmas Tree Grower’s Association)

It’s the time of year for holiday traditions, which for some families means heading out to pick a Christmas tree.

Today is recognized as “Christmas Tree Day.” The occasion is official in Ontario, as Bill 16, which was passed by the province earlier this year, bestows the title of on the first Saturday of December.

Ontario has approximately 600 Christmas tree growers, with many of them operating “choose and cut” businesses.

It’s a similar business and industry in Western Canada, as most Christmas tree growers welcome customers to their farms to pick their own tree and enjoy the experience that comes with it, explains Tracy Bain, president of the Prairie Christmas Tree Growers Association, in the video above.

Pine, spruce or fir?
Ontario Wood has
this helpful quiz for
deciding what kind
of tree to get.
The PCTGA has 24 members in Saskatchewan and Alberta, only one of which operates a wholesale business, begging the question — where do all the pre-cut Christmas trees sold at hardware and big box stores come from?

“To my knowledge, they import their trees from either the United States, Quebec or Eastern Canada. Those trees are pre-cut, usually in October, which makes them drier trees. A prairie-grown tree is much fresher,” explains Bain.

The Balsam fir, the White spruce and the Scot’s Pine the most common species grown on the prairies. Ontario Christmas tree farms also grow White pines, Colorado blue spruce and some exotic species. Bain notes the Balsam fir, which is the most popular, takes 10 to 12 years to reach typical Christmas tree size.

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