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Why Natural Canadian Christmas Trees?


In Canada, over 28,315 hectares (69,968acres) were dedicated to Christmas tree production in 2011

An acre of Christmas trees produces enough oxygen for 18 people.

Premium quality and freshness

Prince Albert, SK

Many vividly remember going out to cut the family Christmas tree in nearby forests when they were younger. These memories: choosing the perfect tree, bringing it home, decorating it and enjoying it during the Christmas celebrations, are long-lasting and greatly cherished. The fragrance that Canadian Christmas trees bring to a home cannot be duplicated by artificial trees. Bringing a coniferous Christmas tree into the home has been a tradition celebrated in Northern countries around the globe for over 400 years 

Buy Local , Buy Real! 

Canadian Christmas trees provide real jobs for Canadians, from the growers to the farm hands as well as in related industries such as transportation, equipment supply and retail sales. Canadian Christmas tree growers put in the same effort and values, if not more, in preparing the majestic natural trees for your home each year.

We can still enjoy this tradition thanks to the “choose and cut” Christmas tree farms located across our great country. Click on your provincial association above to find a choose and cut near you.

Our mission is to provide members with information regarding the effective use of resources for sustainable business practices.

We represent the industry on the national level, so we can work effectively with other industries as well as with federal and provincial governments.

We provide the means for growers across the country to stay in touch and up-to-date with best growing practices that technology, research and experience have yielded.

Represents the industry on a national basis as well as with the federal government and strives to:

  • Assist exporters with international inspections and pre-clearance inspections.
  • Represent the industry at Health Canada’s PMRA’s conferences, for the use of pesticides on minor crops, allowing the industry to obtain research and funding for effective control with various agents.
  • Represent the industry in conversations with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency regarding phytosanitary controls and international trade regulations.
  • Provide members with essential information concerning federal changes and initiatives which may affect or enhance their activities.
  • Help Christmas tree growers develop and maintain domestic and international markets.
Field day part of the annual meeting, Guysborough, Nova Scotia

Field day part of the annual meeting, Guysborough, Nova Scotia

We are Christmas Tree Growers and we take Carbon out of the air!

Word of the President

Welcome to the Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association’s website. We have recently updated this site and included frequently asked questions from consumers, retailers, wholesalers and Choose and Cut operations. They all show interest and pride in Canadian Christmas trees and their production.

The Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association has been serving its member provincial associations since its foundation in 1971, some 44 years ago, by a group of dedicated growers recognizing the common need to exchange and share ideas and innovations for the benefits of all participants in the industry. At the time, it was necessary to educate consumers and growers about the coming of the plantation grown Christmas trees.

In this updated website, we are now putting the emphasis on the need for communication between consumers, growers, retailers and wholesalers and of course the new trend: the choose and cut operations. The whole idea is to encourage the use of real trees to continue promoting this unique tradition of centering the festivities around a fresh evergreen tree.

We have information for consumers and retailers as well as wholesalers purchasing Canadian Christmas trees, proudly grown in our own communities across Canada.

We have included a lot of new information and over 225 pictures, from all parts of the country, representing the wide range of species and methods growers use to produce Christmas trees for your enjoyment

Have a look at our Christmas Tree Life Cycle page. It explains many of the steps involved in growing Christmas trees.

Look at the important list of growers, retailers and wholesalers indicating their details.

The menu above will give you access to each page of the website.

Happy reading,

President Larry Downey, CCTGA

National Christmas Tree Day

Saturday December 3, 2016 

Again this year, the Canadian Christmas Tree Growers have declared the first Saturday in December as Christmas Tree Day.

The Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association (CCTGA) is the umbrella group of Canada’s provincial Christmas tree associations.  For more information contact the CCTGA Executive Director


                                                 Recycling Your trees

Plantation view by helicopter You see the various stages of growth that occur on a Christmas tree plantation in Hatley, Quebec

Keeping trees out of landfills means that your Christmas tree will continue to be a valuable resource.

  •  Christmas trees turned into mulch and firewood allow for the recycling of the renewable energy stored in the tree.
Most municipalities have a Christmas tree recycling and mulching program.
  • Typically, you can recycle your Christmas tree free of charge at seasonal drop-off locations or directly at landfills.
  • Most programs chip Christmas trees into mulch.
  • The mulch is used in green spaces around the municipality and is often available free of charge to residents.
  • The programs are announced in your local media just after the Holiday season.
  • Please contact your municipality for details.

Alternate Ideas

  • Other ideas of what you can do with your tree include:
  • Use the tree for fish and aquatic habitat near shorelines.
  • Cut into small pieces and use for decorating your plant beds.
  • Use this year’s tree for firewood. Cut the tree into pieces for use at a bonfire.
  • You may want to keep a small piece to start next year’s first holiday fire.
  • In Nova Scotia, trees are used to protect sand dunes from erosion.

If there is no program in your community to reuse Christmas trees, please start a recycling program.



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