Instead of picking up a Christmas tree in a retail store parking lot this year, why not go out and chop down your own? This is a great way to get some fresh air and do some family bonding at the same time. Plus you'll end up with the freshest tree available!
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development
You can cut down a tree in an approved forest area on Crown land with a permit. It only costs $5.25 for this permit that allows you to chop down up to 3 trees. These trees must follow certain height restrictions but apart from that you're able to pick any one you want within a certain area. The permit is available online or at selected ESRD division offices.
Alberta Junior Forest Wardens
The Forest Wardens have a special cutting area for Christmas trees that you can access. It only costs $5 per tree to chop your own and after you have finished cutting down your Christmas tree you can warm up by the bonfire with a hot chocolate and a hot dog ordered from the snack shack. Tree cutting is available from November 25 up to December 22 and you can visit them on the weekends from 9 AM - 3:30 PM.
Children love the experience of going out to cut down their own Christmas trees and it will be a cherished memory that they will hold close to their heart for many years to come. Just remember to pack along a saw or a hatchet and bring along extra winter clothes just in case the outing takes a bit longer than expected.
While you are out cutting your tree remember to respect other people and the land around you. Most of all though, have fun! This may become a family tradition for many years to come once you have experienced it for the first time!