This map shows where you can cut down a real Christmas tree in Alberta
On the hunt for your own Christmas tree? Don’t worry, the Alberta government has mapped out where you can cut one down.
Before you head out to get that perfect tree to impress your guests this holiday season, there’s a permit you’ll have to get.
You need to apply for a Personal Use Forest Products Permit (PUFPP) to harvest trees on provincial Crown land within Alberta’s forest areas.
To be eligible for a permit, you must be:
- at least 18 years of age
- a resident of Alberta
- in good standing with the Crown relating to timber, grazing and land use.
You can get a PUFPP online or in person at a forest area office, which will grant you the ability to cut down up to three Christmas trees under 2.5 metres, or about 8 ft tall.
The permit is free and valid for 30 days.
Where to go
The Alberta government lists various locations where you are allowed to cut down your own Christmas tree, including areas around Edmonton, Calgary, Rocky Mountain House, Grande Prairie and Edson. More detailed maps can be found here.
In Alberta, tree-cutting for personal use is not allowed:
- Outside of Forest Areas without authorization
- In Provincial Parks or Provincial Recreation Areas (except for designated Provincial Park areas)
- National Parks
So grab your durable winter shoes and your warmest winter jacket and bring that natural Christmas tree home with you!
The prospect of heading out into the wilderness and finding that perfect Christmas tree sure is getting us in the holiday mood! If it is for you too, you should check out our roundup of the best spots to see Christmas lights and displays in Edmonton and Calgary this year. You can never be too prepared for the holiday season!