You can cut your own holiday tree at Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Castle Wildland Provincial Park or Castle Provincial Park. Get your permit online or stop at Cypress Hills Provincial Park visitor centre, or one of five local offices to get a permit for Castle Wildland Provincial Park or Castle Provincial Park. Alternately, you can also get a tree cutting permit for many locations around the province in public lands.
Please note, with the exception of permitted cutting in Cypress Hills Provincial Park and Castle Parks, any cutting of trees or disturbing of vegetation in Alberta Provincial Parks or Provincial Recreation Areas is strictly prohibited and carries a large fine.
For all tree cutting activities, please make sure you have a permit, follow the conditions provided and only cut trees in the areas indicated on the map. Please report tree poaching in Alberta’s Provincial Parks or Provincial Recreation Areas by speaking to park staff or emailing AEP.AlbertaParks@gov.ab.ca
Here are a few things to keep in mind when cutting a tree:
Cypress Hills and Castle Parks Tree Cutting Permits are now issued electronically:
Note that permit holders must carry a printed copy of their permit with them at all times.
If you need help applying for your permit, you can visit the following locations Monday-Friday, between 8:15 am and 4:30 pm. Note that offices are closed between 12 pm and 1 pm.
Pincher Creek Provincial Building:
Room 242; 782 Main Street; Pincher Creek, Alberta
Blairmore Ranger Station:
11901, 19th Ave; Blairmore, Alberta
Lethbridge Administration Building:
Room 406; 909 – 3rd Ave North, Lethbridge, Alberta
Lethbridge Provincial Building:
2nd Floor, 200 - 5th Ave South, Lethbridge
For those who require help with applying for a permit on a weekend, you may also visit:
Cypress Hills Provincial Park
Open 9:30 to 4:30 Wed – Sunday
33 Lakeview Drive, Elkwater