Cut Your Own Christmas Tree
Hours: Nov 28 – Dec 20, 2020 (Saturday and Sunday) from 11 am – 4 pm.
Create a Christmas Family Tradition
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.
Reservations are not required, $45/Tree + HST
Face coverings are required in the store, on the wagons, and when you cannot be 2 meters from others. Hand sanitizer stations are located at the entrance and exit of the store. Please use them. Stay safe and help keep everyone else safe.
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 be too heavy pruning. Hugli’s Blueberry Ranch was the first in Ontario to introduce sustainable Christmas tree harvesting. We now have trees that have produced 2 Christmas Trees, and the original tree is still alive.
Hugli’s Christmas Tree History
In the 1950s and into the ’80s, 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.
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 four 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.