50 years of giving back! Nova Scotia donates Boston’s 2021 Christmas tree

INVERNESS COUNTY, Nova Scotia — It’s two months until Christmas, and the kind people of Nova Scotia have selected the City of Boston’s official Christmas tree.

It’s the 50th year of this great tradition - a tree to say ‘thank you’ to Boston for sending medical personnel and supplies to Nova Scotia within hours of a devastating explosion in Halifax in 1917. That explosion killed nearly 2,000 people and left thousands more injured or homeless.

The first tree for Boston was donated in 1971.

This year’s tree is a 60-year-old, 48-foot white spruce. It was donated by a landowner, L’Arche Cape Breton.

The tree-cutting ceremony will be held on November 10 and the tree will leave Halifax on November 15 for delivery to Boston Common.

“The Tree for Boston has been a symbol of appreciation, friendship and unity for 50 years,” said Tory Rushton, Minister of Natural Resources and Renewables. “We will never forget the kindness the people of Boston showed Nova Scotia following the tragedy of the Halifax Explosion.”

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