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Pictou County Couple thrilled to be donating a Tree to Boston

A piece of Pictou County is heading to Boston to spread some Christmas Cheer.

Black Point, Pictou County residents Desmond Waithe and Corina Saunders are donating a tree to send to Boston to serve as the city’s Christmas tree. It’s part of an annual tradition which serves as Nova Scotia’s way of thanking Boston for its support following the Halifax Explosion in 1917.   

Waithe explained the tree caught the eye of Department of Natural Resources employee Don Cameron who has a cottage nearby. Cameron asked Waithe and Saunders if they would consider adding the tree to the list of trees with potential to serve as a Christmas tree for Boston. The pair said yes and the 60-foot white spruce is set to be cut down next week in preparation for the journey.

Saunders called the selection and honour and a blessing.


The tree cutting ceremony is set for next Wednesday in Black Point. Students from Pictou Landing First Nation and Frank H. MacDonald Elementary are set to attend the event.