Canadian carrier disguises cell tower as very tall pine tree

Canadian carrier disguises cell tower as very tall pine tree
Cell towers have a specific look to them, and you can usually spot them easily as you travel in your car while navigating the roads of the U.S. As of August 2017, there were approximately 215,000 cell towers standing tall in the states. Across the northern border in Canada there are 13,000 such towers according to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED). And that number is rapidly rising.

Now there are those who will tell you that cell towers are as much of an eyesore as telephone and electricity poles, not that we agree with that line of thinking. Canadians, who are proud of their country's majestic snow-covered beauty, might be more apt to consider a cell tower to be an ugly blight against nature. So Canada's largest wireless provider, Rogers, decided to do something about this when building a cell tower in Northern Ontario.

In the city of Sudbury, the company put up a cell tower that rises well above the tree line; rather than be an eyesore for citizens in the area to complain about, Rogers disguised the tower to look like a very tall pine tree. The carrier isn't the first to do this, competitor Bell has erected several of these disguised cell towers starting as far back as 2012. Bell's faux trees have bases made of steel with fiberglass branches.



People living in the town of Sudbury don't seem to be fazed by the deception. One resident, Duncan Robertson, said that the structure would be uglier if it didn't have the branches. He does have one request for Rogers. "If they put Christmas lights on it in the winter, that might be nice, too," he said.

source: CBC

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15 Comments

1. bfuller2006

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

some places in North or South Carolina does that.

2. forgingsteel

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

This is done nearly everywhere. I'm in WA and there's a ton. I've even seen them in CA.

3. sachouba

Posts: 266; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

That's not exactly innovative. There were already several of them in France nearly 20 years ago.

4. jsc

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 29, 2008

I saw these in eastern Virginia near Richmond in 1998.

5. warrenellis93

Posts: 545; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Wow, dont care

6. Aircrackng

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

What are they the last country to do this?? Is that what makes it news??

7. purpleespritee1

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 13, 2017

HOW just HOW is this news? They are every corner in AZ, there’s also palm trees & cactuses

15. Brewski

Posts: 697; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Exactly my thinking. I went to AZ back in 2012 and saw Palm tree cell towers everywhere. They were unique in that way because I see the evergreen type everywhere else. There's even one a few blocks from my house. Not exactly news... thanks, PA...

8. Vokilam

Posts: 1221; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

All over California. I saw one disguised as a palm tree in LA downtown off hiway 5.

10. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

How old is this "news"? We have had cell phone trees, Pine & Palm tree poles, Religious Cross poles and flag pole towers for years in the U.S.A.. Glad Canada came into the 2000's finally.

11. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

Yes, been around for decades. This is not a new thing.

12. lyndon420

Posts: 6796; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Just like an American to assume Canadians are surrounded by snow all year lol.

13. tokuzumi

Posts: 1907; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

The church I went to back in the 90s had one of these. It was 40' taller than any other tree, and was totally obvious. But it does look better than the metal erector set that most towers look like today.

14. hallihallo.87

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Soon we will see the iTree XD

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