No Christmas tree shortage expected on Vancouver Island this year

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Saanichton Christmas Tree Farm owner Joan Fleming speaks with CHEK's Jordan Cunningham on Nov. 21, 2023.

There’s no shortage of Christmas trees on Vancouver Island this year, despite several consecutive drought-stricken summers.

Last week, Nanaimo faller Mike McColl said Christmas trees this year were looking healthy and thick, the opposite of the shortage that loomed over the holiday season in 2022.

“This year, these are some of the best trees I’ve seen in a long time,” said McColl, who also cuts annually for Gogo’s Christmas Tree Farm in Nanaimo.

He said it’s a far cry from the thousands of trees that died after being planted in 2021 because of droughts on Vancouver Island.

On the Saanich Peninsula, Christmas tree farmer Joan Fleming says there’s no shortage in sight.

The Saanichton Christmas Tree Farm opened this past weekend, ushering in a busy season.

“This past weekend was twice as busy as last year, it’s almost scary,” said Fleming.

She says she’s kept her prices the same as last year, and that there’s plenty of picturesque trees to choose from.

“Actually some of our trees don’t look real, but they are,” she said with a laugh.

If you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit, you can join CHEK News on Saturday, Nov. 25, for the 41st Peninsula Santa Claus Parade, which will be hosted live by CHEK’s Paul Haysom, Stacey Ross, Ed Bain and Jeff King.

Then, the week after that, CHEK will also be livestreaming the IEOA Truck Parade and Food Drive on Dec. 2.

SEE ALSO: Nanaimo grower warns of higher prices on Christmas trees this season: ‘Everything’s up’

With files from CHEK’s Skye Ryan

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