It's that time of year again and we set off today for the Sibbald Creek area (off highway 68) to find our tree for the year. I had picked up a permit during the week for the princely sum of $5 so we were set for the day. It was a little disappointing that we didn't need the snow boots, or even our jackets as it was 15 degrees and warm as we wandered the woodland virtually snow free. We still really enjoyed the hunt as always, there's just something nice about heading out into the forest to cut your own tree.
After arriving in Cochrane in 2014 I discovered a $5 permit from the forestry department allowed us to go out into the forest and cut our own christmas tree (how cool is that) so that has become our 'Cochrane Tradition'. This year we chose the Elbow River area to go tree hunting in, there are thousands of trees all snow covered and it's -22 and snowing....It was fantastic as always. We cut two this year, the second one is for Sarahs colleague (the permit allows for three trees for $5). The main shot is us after parking on the roadside, saw in hand heading into the trees. The gallery has captions as usual.
Yesterday I went out to the local forestry office to get the required form (TM66) to allow us to cut down our own christmas tree. We haven't done this before as we didn't know you could, but had to do it once we found out about it. For the princely sum of $5 a permit allows the removal of up to 3 Christmas Trees no more than 8 feet (2.5 m) high. The cut must be made within a foot of the ground so really the max is a 9 foot tree (docking the top is not permitted). A number of areas of land can be chosen and maps are provided by the forestry service either in person at their office or online. We chose the Ghost Wilderness area just because we really like it, it's very remote and it really 'feels' like you are in the great Canadian wilderness down there. The whole story is below in a captioned gallery, the main shot is of us taking in the view over the Ghost River before selecting our tree.
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