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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Parkgate Shopping Centre. The 11th annual Seymour Scout Group Christmas tree fundraiser began Sunday (Dec. 1) in the southeast corner of the centre’s parking lot and there are four different varieties to choose from this year: Noble, Fraser, Douglas and Grand Fir. All proceeds from tree sales go towards programs for Deep Cove Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Ventures and Rovers. The sale runs until Dec. 23 and the lot is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Parkgate Shopping Centre is located at 3650 Mt. Seymour Parkway. Trees range in price. Cash only.
In West Van, the Scouts Christmas Tree Lot, located at Taylor Way and Clyde Avenue, has become a familiar spot to start the holidays for generations of locals. For 57 years, they’ve been offering up a variety of B.C. trees produced by local independent growers. This year, they’ve got Fir, Spruce, Alpine Fir, Silver Fir, Nordman Fir, as well as nine-foot and taller Nobles and Frasers — and there’s always some helping hands to get the trees ready for transport. This annual sale is the organization’s biggest fundraiser and provides resources for all six groups on the North Shore. Until Dec. 23, the lot is open weekdays from noon to 9 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Prices range from $40 to $80 for cultured trees, $15 to $50 for wild trees, with a select number of extra tall trees ranging from $100 to $200. For more info, visit scoutschristmastrees.ca. Pictured above: West Vancouver Coun. Nora Gambioli (purple jacket) dropped by to officially open the lot last Saturday (Nov. 23).