In 2010, I visited a number of Christmas tree farms in the Ottawa region, and wrote articles about each of them. This year, I hope to visit a few more. In the meantime, here is a list of places where you can cut your own Christmas tree.
Note: Click on the links to see my original article for each tree farm.
Ian’s Evergreen Plantation: This is one of the largest Christmas tree farms in the region. In addition to Christmas trees, they also have a herd of (real) reindeer, and they have some beautiful walking trails. Located in Ashton.
Cedar Hill Berry Farm: This Christmas tree farm is located on a very picturesque berry farm in Pakenham. They offer horse-drawn wagon and sleigh rides throughout the plantation; the best part is riding through a covered bridge over a small river. Be sure to buy some jam while you’re at the store – it’s the best in Ottawa (in my opinion)!
Kings Creek Trees: You can’t cut your own Christmas tree here, but I’m adding them to the list because they have the most beautiful Christmas trees that I’ve ever seen. The trees are brought in from their sister farm in Pennsylvania. They also offer wreath-building workshops that are a lot of fun. Located in Ashton and now Carp.
Fallowfield Tree Farm: This is a great option for people who want to stick closer to the centre of Ottawa. Located on Fallowfield Rd. in Stittsville, the farm is about 15 minutes west of downtown Ottawa. It has several activities for visitors, including a bonfire, hay rides, a couple farm animals, and a Santa who greets visitors in the parking lot.
Hillcrest Tree Farm: The perfect option if you are looking for more of a traditional farm experience – one that is quiet, peaceful, and very picturesque. They have two beautiful Belgian horses who provide sleigh rides if there is snow. Located in North Gower.
Thomas Tree Farm: If you like a very woodsy experience, this is the place for you. The main activity area is set in a sugar bush, complete with wooden buildings and an outdoor fire. To get to the tree plantation, you can follow a trail through the bush, or take a horse-drawn wagon ride. Located in North Gower.
Briggs Trees: This is a very old-fashioned type of tree farm, and it’s my vote for the most romantic Christmas tree farm in Ottawa. There are no rows of trees like you see in other plantations. Instead, you head out to the woods, and select a tree sitting amongst other trees of varying sizes. Afterward, you can visit the large gift shop and antique store. Located near Cumberland.
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