Hugli’s Christmas Tree History
In the 1950’s and into the 80’s, the Hugli’s were in the Christmas tree business. On their tree plantation near Beachburg, thousands of trees were harvested and sold locally, in Ottawa and into the United States. With a passion for growing Christmas trees, Bill Hugli also became one of the founding members of the Ontario Chrismas Tree Growing Association. Today, the original Christmas tree farm is a model plantation of forestry stewardship. It is used by the County of Renfrew and Algonquin College as a demonstration plantation
It was in the spring of 2005, over 2 acres of Christmas trees were planted at Hugli’s Blueberry Ranch in Pembroke. Over the years, more trees have been planted that include 4 different varieties. Each spring the trees are carefully pruned. In December 2011, the trees were ready for harvest and the Hugli’s invited the public to come and cut their own Christmas tree.
Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Hours:
Nov 25– Dec 23, 2017 (Saturday and Sunday) from 11am – 3pm.
On weekends, the rockin Christmas wagon playing your favourite Christmas tunes will take your family out to the tree plantation. Instructions on cutting your tree and a saw will be provided. We have hundreds of trees to choose from. A tree host will help cut your tree (if needed) and load your tree on the wagon and into your vehicle. Twine to secure your tree is also provided. Hot chocolate and the scenic wagon ride is included in your Christmas tree cutting experience. $40/tree + hst.
Fresh Cut Christmas Trees
Cut trees are also available for sale on the deck at the country gift store 7 days/week until Christmas. $35 and up. Balsam and Fraser Fir.
Harvesting Sustainable Christmas Trees
We use a sustainable method to harvest the trees where a new tree will form from the remaining stump so the tree is not killed in the harvest. The tree responds to this method of harvesting like it would to heavy pruning. Hugli’s Blueberry Ranch were the first in Ontario to introduce sustainable Chriistmas tree harvesting. We now have trees that have produced 2 Christmas Trees and the origianl tree is still alive.