Christmas in Canada’s Capital

render's tree farm ottawaIt’s Christmas in the Capital. And you too can get your very own Christmas tree!

My good friend David Render operates a Christmas tree farm in Oxford Station, which is located about 40 minutes south of Ottawa off the 416 highway. It’s a small operation that began in 1966. David nurtures and prunes every tree for 12 seasons before they are ready for cutting.

I like walking along the rows of fresh green trees, you can tell he cares for them. Just before Christmas I go for a friendly visit. David has the trees bundled in his barnand ready for transport. He also provides hand saws for those hearty families who prefer the tradition of choosing their own special tree in the field.

A visit to Render’s Tree Farm is a fun activity and it is joyful to see David center stage offering philosophical insight.

Render’s Tree Farm opens for the season on November 25, 2016. For more information, please call 613-277-5842 or visit