Nova Scotia is sending some love to Boston, by way of Cape Breton. The Tree for Boston is the annual gift Nova Scotia sends to Boston to thank the city for sending aid after the Halifax Explosion in 1917. Heather and Tony Sampson from West Bay, Richmond Co. are this year’s tree donors. Soon, a 45-foot white spruce will be on its way from Cape Breton to Boston Common, where it will be lit in December.
Nova Scotia is dedicating this tree to health-care workers to honour both Boston’s response after the Halifax Explosion and those who are working on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We thank Boston for their kindness during our time of need by sending a big, beautiful Nova Scotia Christmas tree. This important tradition symbolizes gratitude, friendship and remembrance,” said Lands and Forestry Minister Derek Mombourquette. “It’s also our way of honouring those who have worked so hard to keep us healthy and safe during the pandemic.”
There will be no public events for Tree for Boston this year, but Nova Scotians can learn about the Halifax Explosion and join online Tree for Boston celebrations by following @TreeforBoston on social media. The tree-lighting will be broadcast on ABC affiliate WCVB Channel 5 Boston on Dec. 3.