Tree for Boston Cutting Ceremony Nov. 13

The Tree for Boston cutting ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 13. at the home of Desmond Waithe and Corina Saunders of Black Point, Pictou Co., 29 Black Point Rd, Little Harbour.

Pictou County is home to this year’s annual Tree for Boston, a gift to the city of Boston to thank them for their efforts following the Halifax Explosion in 1917.

“The Tree for Boston is about gratitude, friendship and harmony,” said Lands and Forestry Minister, Iain Rankin. “We continue to honour Boston for their kindness during our time of need following the Halifax Explosion 102 years ago.”

The 60-year-old, 45-foot white spruce will soon be making its 1,100 kilometre trek to Boston.
Students from Pictou Landing First Nation and Frank H. MacDonald Elementary School will attend the ceremony to learn about the annual tradition and the Halifax Explosion.

“We are very proud and honoured to have our tree represent Nova Scotia in this year’s tradition of Tree for Boston. It is important to remember our past and recognize Boston for all their support during a tough moment in Nova Scotia’s history,” - Desmond Waithe, tree donor

Quick Facts:

  • the tree is a thank you gift to Boston for sending medical personnel and supplies after 2,000 were killed and hundreds more were affected by the Halifax Explosion
  • the send-off for the Tree for Boston will be held on Nov. 15 at noon at Grand Parade, Halifax
  • the Tree for Boston will be in The Chronicle Herald Holiday Parade of Lights on Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. in Halifax
  • the Tree for Boston will reach its destination for a tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Boston Common

For pictures of this year’s Tree for Boston visit,