As December arrives in Saskatchewan, many may be trying to figure out where they can legally cut down their perfect Christmas tree for the holidays.
There are several spots across the province to do so, including the Mason Christmas Tree farm just northwest of Kenaston.
Co-owner Cora Greer told Saskatchewan Afternoon’s David Kirton the farm has over 10,000 trees to choose from. “From little guys all the way up,” she said.
The plantation has become increasingly popular with families since it started selling trees in 1998, reaching between 500-600 sales per year.
“When you get much over that, it’s hard for us to have time to meet people and get to know them,” Greer said.
The farm, known for its iconic red barn, attracts families from Saskatoon, Regina and Moose Jaw for the experience of cutting down their own Scots Pine, Balsam Fir or White Spruce.
Greer said they supply the saw for customers, who can drive between the trees to find their perfect fit.
It can also be entertaining for her to watch the process on colder days.
“We’ve had times when people have driven up the road and said ‘oh that looks good’ and kicked someone out to cut it down,” she said.
The farm is open every day during daylight hours.
Saskatchewan residents can also have the unique experience of cutting down a Christmas tree in Prince Albert National Park.
The trees are offered for free by the park, as they need to be cut down to create fire breaks ahead of wildfire season.
Families are able to pick up their free tree permit and instructions at the park’s visitor’s centre. However, people have to bring their own axe or handsaw to cut it down.