The 2017 Boston Common Christmas tree has officially been chosen, and for a second straight year it’s coming from all the way up in Cape Breton.
Nova Scotia has sent Boston a tree every year since 1971 as a thank-you gift for the city’s response following the Halifax Explosion, the deadliest non-natural disaster in Canadian history. December 6 marks the 100th anniversary of the 1917 explosion.
Last year was the first time Boston’s tree had come from Cape Breton. However, this year’s tree is the first one from the scenic northern region to be privately donated, since last year’s was selected from public land.
The 53-foot white spruce — donated by Bob and Marion Campbell and their family in rural Blues Mills — is six feet taller than last year’s tree.
“This tree represents something very special to our province and its relationship with Boston,” Bob Campbell said in a statement. “We have been blessed to have a tree worthy of donation in recognition of the speedy and compassionate response by the people of Boston to the Halifax explosion.
“Our family is thrilled to be part of the Nova Scotia tradition of honouring Boston’s relief efforts especially on the 100th anniversary of this tragic event,” he added.
According to Nova Scotia’s Department of Natural Resources, the tree will be cut down in a public ceremony on November 15. After a parade in the Nova Scotian capitol, it will take the traditional 700-mile journey to Boston on the back of a flatbed truck. It is set to arrive on the Common on November 21. The annual lighting ceremony is scheduled for November 30.