Christmas Tree Permits


Christmas Tree for Personal Use

Many people enjoy cutting their own tree at Christmas. While there is no charge for cutting a Christmas tree for personal use from a designated area of Crown land, a Free Use permit must be obtained. Check your local newspaper, local district office, or FrontCounter BC office. A list of district offices is below. Where hyper-linked, Free Use Permits for Christmas trees are also available online. Please be aware that some areas of the province may not have Christmas trees available for harvest.

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Christmas Tree Information by District Office
Cariboo Region
District Office Phone Number
100 Mile House District 250-395-7800
Cariboo-Chilcotin District (Williams Lake) 250-398-4345
Quesnel District 250-992-4400
Kootenay/Boundary Region
District Office Phone Number
Selkirk District  
 - Arrow Boundary District (Castlegar) 250-365-8600
 - Columbia District (Revelstoke) 250-837-7611
 - Kootenay Lake District (Nelson) 250-825-1100
Rocky Mountain District (Cranbrook) 250-426-1700
Northeast Region
District Office Phone Number
Fort Nelson District 250-774-5511
Peace District (Dawson Creek) 250-784-1200
Omineca Region
District Office Phone Number
Stuart Nechako District 250-996-5200 or
Mackenzie District 250-997-2200
Prince George District 250-614-7400
Headwaters District (Clearwater) 250-587-6700
Thompson/Okanagan Region
District Office Phone Number
Cascades District (Merritt) 250-378-8400
Kamloops District 250-371-6500
Okanagan Shuswap District 250-558-1700
Skeena Region
District Office Phone Number
Coast Mountains District (Terrace) 250-638-5100
Nadina District (Burns Lake) 250-692-2200
Skeena Stikine District (Smithers) 250-847-6300
South Coast Region
District Office Phone Number
Chilliwack District 604-702-5700
Sea to Sky District 604-898-2100
Sunshine Coast District (Powell River) 604-485-0700
West Coast Region
District Office Phone Number
Campbell River District 250-286-9300
Haida Gwaii District 250-559-6200
North Island - Central Coast District (Port McNeill) 250-956-5000
South Island District (Port Alberni) 250-731-3000  

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.
  • 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 debris associated with your activity.