Who hauled the giant Christmas tree to Toronto?

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A giant Christmas tree is the center of attraction at Nathan Phillips Square ablaze with the Cavalcade of Lights for the holiday season, attracting crowds of people into the heart of Toronto every evening.

And yes, a truck recently brought the 16.75-metre (55-foot) naturally grown spruce tree from Baldwin, Ont., to the big city. Weller Tree Service, which carried out the move, told TruckNews.com that driver Daniel Boothby, who has been with the company since 2014, delivered the load on a step deck hooked to a Mack tractor.

Christmas tree delivered at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto
(Photo: City of Toronto)

Daniel is the driver for all of our Christmas tree installations as he is trained and specializes in this type of load transportation and the installation [erection of the tree] itself,” a Weller Tree Service official said.

The Christmas tree has been decorated with more than 300,000 energy-efficient lights and 500 ornaments, the City of Toronto said in a news release. It will remain on display throughout the holiday season and will then be recycled into mulch for tree planting in the spring.

Christmas tree lit up at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto
(Photo: City of Toronto)

“The arrival of the city’s official Christmas tree on Nathan Phillips Square has always been a milestone event signalling the start of the holiday season. I hope Torontonians will enjoy the celebrations on Nathan Phillips Square throughout December and into the New Year,” Toronto mayor John Tory said in the release.

The Cavalcade of Lights, inspired by international lantern, fire and light festivals, will transform City Hall and its surrounds into a dazzling wonderland each night until 10 p.m. The event will run until Saturday, January 7.

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Leo Barros is the associate editor of Today’s Trucking. He has been a journalist for more than two decades, holds a CDL and has worked as a longhaul truck driver. Reach him at leo@newcom.ca

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