Halifax History / Local Tips / Seasonal November 13, 2017

8 Things You Should Know About Nova Scotia’s Tree for Boston

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2017 marks the 100th anniversary year of the Halifax Explosion that occurred in the Halifax harbour in 1917. When the explosion struck, killing nearly 2,000 people and leaving hundreds more injured and homeless, Boston sent medical personnel and supplies to relieve the city’s rescue efforts.

For decades Nova Scotians have commemorated Boston’s kindness by sending a Nova Scotian Christmas tree to our southern neighbours each year. Here are a few interesting facts you may not have known about Nova Scotia’s Tree for Boston:

1 – Each tree is selected VERY carefully and is required to meet certain criteria, including being:

  • Twelve to fifteen meters (40-50 feet) in height
  • Healthy with good colour
  • Medium to heavy density
  • Uniform and symmetrical
  • Easy to access
  • The tree will travel more than 1000 km, averaging approximately 1200 km per journey!

2 – Most of the trees selected in previous years have been white spruce.

3 – Tree heights range between 45-55 feet – the taller the better!

4 – Generally, the age of the tree ranges between 50-70 years old!

5 – The tree needs to be tied up to be transported so that it is not wider than 12 feet wide.

6 – Professional arborists use rope to tie up the tree, using as much as 600 feet of rope!

7 – This year the tree will be cut in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia on November 15, 2017.

8 – The official sendoff from Halifax will be on November 17 at 11:30am in Grand Parade, with a free concert from Port Cities!


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For more information and important dates, visit the Tree for Boston’s webpage and follow along on Facebook and Twitter.