Calgary Christmas Tree Lot
Cut your own Christmas Tree!
Tree Lot will be opening November 28th!
2020 JUNIOR FOREST WARDENS CHRISTMAS TREE CUTTING LOT
Saturdays and Sundays only from November 28 - December 20, 2020
Our Tree Lot will be self-service this year
With Christmas just around the corner, many families are looking forward to a traditional outing into the forest to find and cut their own very special Christmas Pine Tree.
UPDATE Nov. 26, 2020
The Christmas Tree Lot is a seasonal fundraiser for Junior Forest Wardens, an outdoor program for youth and their families. Permit sales from the JFW Christmas Tree Lot support our program. On November 26, 2020, the Government of Alberta removed the $5 permit fee. With the removal of the permit fee and because we cannot operate our traditional concession fundraiser during COVD-19, any donations to our program will be graciously accepted.
Due to Covid-19 related restrictions, the Christmas Tree Cutting Lot will operate on a self-serve basis for 2020. The gate to the parking lot will be open from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays as noted above, road and weather conditions permitting. Tree cutting permits will be available in the Mail Box on our permit shack.
Each permit entitles you to one tree - Lodgepole Pine only, maximum 3 permits/trees per person. Keep this Tree Cutting Permit with you while transporting your tree, as it is required to avoid potential fines. The permit is only good for Lodgepole Pine trees (with long 2” needles) within the boundaries of this particular tree lot area.
Directions: From Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park, travel west on the Trans Canada (Hwy 1) for approximately 35 km. Take the Hwy 68 exit (Sibbald Creek Trail) and head south for approximately 22 km to the Powderface Trail turnoff. Turn left and head south on Powderface Trail for 2 km and you’ll reach the Christmas Tree Cutting Lot. Watch for the JFW signs along the route!
Covid 19 Restrictions: Covid 19 Restrictions: As noted we will operate in a self-service mode this year. This means there will be no assistance available for loading or tying down trees. There will also be no food concession, and campfires are prohibited. There will be no rentals of saws or axes available.
So please bring your own preferred food and drink, and enjoy the outdoors with your family. Hopefully we’re back to normal operations next year, we’d love to meet you all and sit by the fire with hot chocolate again!
Off Hours Visits: Off Hours Visits: If you can’t make it out on the above dates or times, or if the lot is not manned due to weather and/or road conditions, you are welcome to visit and cut a Lodgepole Pine tree at any other time. Please keep in mind that the lot is not staffed except on weekends, and the gate may not be open. If you plan to arrive after 3:00 pm, please be advised that you'll have to park outside of the gate as the gate will be closed & locked at 3:30 pm.
*Please note that at our location, we cannot accept permits purchased in advance from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. They are for a different area and cover different species. Permits may be available for other areas of Alberta. Please contact your local Alberta Agriculture and Forestry office for more information.
If you have a question regarding the Christmas Tree Lot, more information is available at these links; FAQs
Note some of the FAQ responses may not be applicable in 2020 due to Covid restrictions, since no staff will be on-site
If you still have a question, send an e-mail to the 2020 Coordinator (Mike Brown, Bragg Creek)
Check the local forecast before you head out! The Weather Network - Kananaskis