CHRISTMAS TREE HUNT: Showing the saw his family used to cut their tree and enjoying a roasted hot dog over a fire on Saturday is nine-year-old Cohen Cameron. More than 7

CHRISTMAS TREE HUNT: Showing the saw his family used to cut their tree and enjoying a roasted hot dog over a fire on Saturday is nine-year-old Cohen Cameron. More than 7

Thousands of people enjoy Christmas-tree cutting experience near Whiskey Creek

The operator is donating 10 per cent of proceeds to Island food banks

CHRISTMAS TREE HUNT: Showing the saw his family used to cut their tree and enjoying a roasted hot dog over a fire on Saturday is nine-year-old Cohen Cameron. More than 7,500 come to the you-cut Christmas tree farm near Whiskey Creek each year, taking home approximately 1,500 trees. Mica Verbrugge said he has an agreement with the Ministry of Forests and BC Hydro to run the operation each year. The operators will supply you with a saw if you need one and hot chocolate and hot dogs are free after you head onto the roads and trails of the area to get your tree — $30 for ones eight feet and under, $40 if they are taller. Verbrugge is donating 10 per cent of his profits this year to Island food banks. To get to the area, take a right on Melrose Road off Alberni Highway and follow the signs. Verbrugge’s business is open from 10 a.m. until dark every day before Christmas.

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