Go outdoors for festive fun

Families are invited to take skates and fishing gear and spend a day of fun at Bergerac Tree Farm

Prime pickings: Marie Fortin stands with one of the U-cut trees that will be available at the Bergerac Christmas Tree Fun Days taking place Dec. 12 and 13 from noon to 5 p.m.

Prime pickings: Marie Fortin stands with one of the U-cut trees that will be available at the Bergerac Christmas Tree Fun Days taking place Dec. 12 and 13 from noon to 5 p.m.

Families are invited to take skates and fishing gear and spend a day of fun at Bergerac Tree Farm. There will be ice fishing, skating and a sleigh ride out to choose the perfect tree.

Marie Fortin has been grooming the trees for seven years and they’re ready to go. U-cut blue spruce, Fraser fir, Douglas fir and some pines are available.

And there is more than one option – for $65, the whole family can enjoy the activities and get their tree as well. Potted trees are available both to buy or rent. Rental trees are the same price because, although people might take them back, they may die, says Fortin.

“The whole idea is not to sell a whole bunch of trees, but to have a fun day,” says Fortin, noting there will be live music and hotdogs, hot chocolate and homemade cookies served by a warming fire. Every child will receive a goody bag. “The aim is to have a Christmas fun day for families.”

Fortin has made good use of the beautiful 18 acres the farm sits on, canning and preserving.

On Christmas Tree Fun Days,  she will have homemade preserves – jelly, pickles, antipasto, garlic and her own highly favoured invention – garlic blueberry jam. Living wreaths will also be available for purchase.

Only ticket holders will be admitted. To guarantee your place on Dec. 12 or 13, call 250-832-2338 or email bergerac@telus.net.

“We’re always skating on the lake before Christmas,” Fortin says with a smile. “We’ll see what Mother Nature delivers.”