Points of Interest on a First Experience at Le Boisé

At your arrival

  • Two generations will be present to greet you
  • You will have the opportunity to taste a potato slice cooked on a wooden stove during your visit. Hot chocolate is also available
  • You will be shown where the small slide for kids is situated. It is near the reception and easy for the parents to keep watch
  • There is a bigger slide near the river for older kids
  • An additional parking space is now available for families with vehicles equipped with a 4 X 4
  • You can bring your dog as long as he is kept on leash at all time and you take care of his poop
  • Many types of Christmas trees are available:
    • Balsam Fir
      • Is fenced in for protection from the deer (If you are lucky you may see one or two of them)
      • Recognized for its very pleasant aroma
      • The branches are not as strong so the decorations have to be installed further up on the branch to prevent them from falling
    • Fraser Fir
      • Also fenced-in for protection from the deer
      • Nice dark green
      • The branches are stronger than those of the balsam fir
      • The skirt is smaller than the balsam fir's
    • White Spruce
      • Not fenced in because the deers do not eat it
      • The branches are stronger
      • You can get a bigger skirt than from a fir tree
      • These Christmas trees reach up to 14 feet in some instances
    • Blue Spruce
      • The needles are prickly (leather gloves are needed to carry it)
      • The branches are more spaced. Very nice if you need more space for bigger ornaments
      • The needles are a very nice blue color
    • Douglas Fir, Concolor Fir and Scotch Pine
      • These three varieties have been planted this spring
      • You will have the possibility to see them and observe the difference in color and type of needle
      • Seven years will be required at least before you will be able to cut a few of them

Ready to Visit the Christmas Tree Fields

  • You will be invited to visit the different fields of Christmas trees to determine your preference (additional information will be provided at the time)
  • You will be equipped with a sled, a measuring stick and a bucksaw. The kids will love being pulled on a sled in search of a Christmas tree
  • The Christmas trees are sold per feet therefore the measuring stick comes in handy

How to Choose Your Christmas Tree

  • Regular ceiling house is usually 8 feet high therefore a Christmas tree 7 ½ feet tall is adequate
  • We have various sizes available for cathedral ceilings also
    • Important Note
      • The Christmas trees are sold per feet therefore if you see a nice tree that you like but is taller than what you need you leave it for the next person and find one that is exactly the length that you need for your home
  • You cut your tree with the bucksaw. If the cut is at an angle all the better.
  • You bring your tree on the sled back to the reception where it is measured and identified

How do ensure Christmas Tree Remains Healthy

  • Your tree is dormant when you cut it. As soon as the tree is brought in a heated area it must be deposited in a container with water
  • If the tree was cut 4 hours prior to its installation it should be re-cut by ½ inch since the cut will have started to seal itself. A fresh cut allows a better circulation of the water into the tree. The cut should be at an angle to facilitate the flow of the water into the tree
  • The container should be of diameter sufficient to contain the tree trunk and at least 4 additional litres of water, more if possible
  • If possible, fill the container twice a day for the first week, since the tree will drink from the bottom of the trunk and also from the branches that were cut near the bottom of the trunk
  • The first water fill-up should be with warm water to facilitate faster circulation of the sap
  • Your Christmas Tree should be as far as possible from any heat source
    • Needles
      • The Christmas trees are conifers. They have needles that fall during their entire life cycle
      • These trees are trimmed each year filling up the skirt fully
      • As the skirt is filled up fully and becomes bigger the more needles will dry up and fall because the sun cannot reach these needles anymore
      • It is normal for needles to fall
      • Naturally if the tree is never short of water it will lose less needles
    • Buds
      • Buds will probably bloom at the ends of the branches of a white spruce approximately 21 days after its installation inside and in an appropriate container with water. To make this happen it should never be short of water
      • If you observe buds on your white spruce you may congratulate yourself for having a green thumb. Let us know if this happens and we will share the information