Get a Christmas tree permit

British Columbians interested in cutting their own Christmas tree should obtain their permit online or contact their local forest district or FrontCounter BC office.

Local district offices can provide details about specific cutting requirements and approved harvest areas. Campbell River’s FrontCounter office is at 370 South Dogwood Street. Free use permits are provided for personal use only – selling a tree cut under a Christmas tree permit or cutting in an unauthorized area is illegal.

The ministry’s Christmas Tree website at https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/mof/xmastrees.htm provides links to online Christmas tree permits, FrontCounter BC and district office contact information, and the British Columbia Christmas Tree Council’s website containing a list of tree farms and “U-Cuts” around the province.

When cutting a Christmas tree, keep the following tips in mind:

Leave home prepared. Bring ropes, gloves, tools, tire chains, a first aid kit, a mobile phone and warm clothing.

Drive carefully. Be prepared for logging trucks: http://www.bcforestsafe.org/files/tk_pdfs/gde_resrd.pdf

Make sure you have found the tree you will use before cutting to avoid wasting forest resources. Some permits specify only one tree can be cut.

Choose a tree that can be cut near the base and is easy to transport. Wasted tree remains left in the forest form a summer fire hazard.

Clean up and remove all the debris associated with your activity.