Basic Chainsaw I & II

Basic Chainsaw I & II

Using a saw safely, thoughtfully, and with confidence.

A chainsaw is a dangerous tool but, when used with proper training, can be invaluable in helping us to make our forests healthier. These courses will provide participants with hands-on training in a variety of techniques, from basic maintenance and sharpening to felling and limbing.

To Register:
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Daniel McRae

Basic Chainsaw I: Safety and Felling

CANCELLED -Session One: Saturday, April 11th 9am-4pm
SOLD OUT -Session Two: Saturday, November 7th 9am-4pm
Cost: $125

Day one will introduce participants to the potential dangers associated with logging while providing a clear and thoughtful approach to safe chainsaw use. The morning will be spent learning essential concepts while the afternoon will take place in woods learning how to develop a safe felling plan with hands on felling practice.

Basic Chainsaw II: Maintenance and Felling

CANCELLED – Session One: Sunday, April 12th 9am-4pm
SOLD OUT – Session Two: Sunday, November 8th 9am-4pm
Cost: $125

The morning will be devoted to learning how to properly maintain your saw and sharpen your chain with precision. The afternoon will once again be spent in the woods learning how to limb, buck and deal with spring poles.


“I took the spring 2018 Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance Course at Macphail Woods. The experience was excellent the instructor, Eric, was patient and calm and I left feeling confident in handling and maintaining the saw. I also felt more at ease with the critical thinking and decision-making aspects of working in the forest. I highly recommend this course to anyone who works in conservation and restoration!”
-Spring 2018 Student

General Information

Each course runs from 9am till 4:00pm each day. Participants should bring their own lunch and snacks, as well as clothes suited to the weather. It will take place at the Macphail Woods Nature Centre which has a small kitchenette with coffee and tea as well as fridge and microwave. Registrations can be done online through our booking system or by phone (902)651-2575 or email (


Optional equipment includes:

  • Chainsaw gloves are entirely optional, they are not required by law but some prefer to wear them.
  • Chainsaw Helmet with ear protection and face shield. We should have enough helmets for participants but we ask that if you have your own please bring them.
  • Bringing your own Chainsaws is not required, we have enough to go around however training on the machine that you’ll be using during your work is recommended, so please bring a saw if available.
  • Sharpening and maintenance gear. We will provide a variety of tools for use but bringing your own is always a good idea


Required Equipment:

  • Leg protection that is resistant to chain saw cuts. These pants or chaps include woven kevlar that will stop the chainsaw in the event of an accident.
  • CSA Grade 1 Boots or equivalent; chainsaw boots are recommended.


If you have any questions concerning the course, equipment, specifics about registration or anything else, please contact Daniel McRae via email ( or by phone (902)651-2575.

What to Bring
Participants should bring their own lunch and snacks and clothes suited to the weather as courses are primarily outdoors. We do have bathrooms on-site, a small kitchenette for coffee/tea, and a microwave. Although we provide various equipment for each course, bringing your own tools is always welcome and encouraged.

We use our very own Nature Centre, located on the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead property, as a home base for all of our outdoor activities. Located just 20 minutes east of Charlottetown, the Macphail Woods Nature Centre has a variety of teaching spaces and is surrounded by 140 acres of forest and field. Winding through the property are four trails, a stream and one of the province’s finest remaining examples of our native Acadian forest.

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Cancellations and Refunds
All campers are to be prepaid. However, refunds are accepted up until 2 weeks before the camp date. You will receive a full refund up until a month before the class date. Half the class cost will be refunded if you cancel between a month and 2 week before the class. If you would like to cancel within two weeks of the class no refund will be issued.

All registrations are made online through Active Network’s Camp and Class manager. If you have any difficulties or would prefer to register with us directly, please contact us at or by phone: (902)651-2575.

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