Bell planning to build cellphone towers that look like trees in the Muskoka area

Ian Hardy

March 20, 2012 11:01 am


Cellphone towers are not the most attractive structure in the world. They provide a valuable service, but also litter our fine land. Bell has come up with a solution to bring better reception to cottage country and somewhat keep the landscape intact. Bell is planning on constructing 20 cellphone towers (sized between 25 and 29 meters) that look like trees in the Muskoka area. Planning is still in the works, but Bell is targeting the tree towers in Brackenrig, Foot’s Bay, Port Carling East, Port Sandfield, Walker’s Point East, Breezy Point Road and Little Lake Joseph.

To achieve the look of an actual tree, the cellphone base – trunks – are made of steel, while the branches are made of fibre glass. Bell spokesperson Jason Laszlo said that “The equipment comes to the location prefabricated and is assembled on site. When complete, the tree will stand between 25 and 29 meters and will be positioned to blend with existing trees”.

I’ve gotta say that “tree” looks better than the usual white tower we see. However, Alice Murphy, the mayor of the Township of Muskoka Lakes, has a different viewpoint and seems to be unimpressed. Murphy stated that “It’s really bizarre looking at them in the picture … it’s like a white pine on steroids”.

Source: The Star

  • Nade

    Neat.

    • NewRIMM

      It’s not that surprising when you consider that RIM build a CEO that TALKS just like Mike Lazaridis! and makes RIM stock to sink like a ROCK.

    • Geoff

      @NewRIM: What the hell does this have to do with RIM?

    • JUST SAYING

      APPLE CANT SUE THEM

  • Mathieu Gosbee

    Bell should just market christmas trees as little transceivers.

  • Peter

    They should be required to put Christmas lights on them too.

  • crunch204

    creative

  • Carl

    Is that an actual photo? If so, I can understand the “white pine on steroid”…

  • Betty Koyle

    Too bad my multimillion dollar cottage has cell service already.

    • chris

      i have property for these email us thanks

  • Canadawelcometothe21stcentury

    Are we seriously giving Bell credit for that? We’ve been doing that kind of stuff in the States for years already.

    • Sam

      Wonderful, but you guys still haven’t figured out what the metric system is that the rest of the world is using.

    • Pegger

      We’re not giving Bell credit for the idea. The story is about Bell doing it in the Muskoka area. It’s been done in Canada for years as well. So get off your high horse.

    • Canadawelcometothe21stcentury

      did Bell come up with the metric system too?

    • Canadawelcometothe21stcentury

      Next thing you know, Bell will come up with a long distance cell phone plan that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. That would be CRAZY. You Canadians enjoy your “new” towers that look like trees and awesome metric system, always the innovators.

    • Theywillbepissed

      @Canadawelcometothe21stcentury – Ya you americans are so lucky having cheap long distance, all we have is free health care and free education, not to mention not being 16 trillion dollars in debt, 8.9% unemployment, and not having every radical country in the world plotting to destroy us. Yep, you guys sure are lucky

  • Geoff

    Man, if they’re just going to complain about it maybe they should put up regular white towers and save the tree towers for somewhere that they can appreciate them.

    • Snoz

      Careful… I had the same reaction too, until I saw that it was just one sentence from one person, probably taken out of context. I’m sure the people and politicians in the area are quite happy to have these instead of eyesores.

    • Geoff

      True, that’s a good point. And in fact, she also says this in the same article: ““It’s great for the economy, it’s better for our roads and it’s just easier on everyone’s disposition,” she said.”

  • Guy in the Know

    Great idea, until some industrious redneck tries to cut one down.

  • MG

    Clearly the Bell folks are smoking some really bad dope!!! Screw the fake trees! LOWER YOUR RATES!!! How about that for an original initiative?

  • zzZZzz

    Hey, is that a fake tree in your park, or are you just happy to broadcast signals to me?

    ../need sleep

  • Threecube

    A dog would love to pee on that.

  • EvanKr

    …Yes, but when do we get Bell Wireless on the prairies?

  • Otter

    Remember just because they have the money to do extra projects doesn’t mean they have a need to lower their prices.

    Why lower your prices when doing cool projects like this will keep people distracted in between rate hikes?

    The only thing that will bring down prices is people stop paying for the service.

  • Terry

    Dressing communication towers like trees isn’t a new idea. It’s been around for a while and is pretty commonplace now a days.

    Its really only done to appease the locals, the ones who think comm towers are like a big scar on their pretty landscape.

    I’m surprised it’s not a law to be honest, would solve a lot of issues with putting comm towers up.

  • andy c

    I wonder how long it will be before a technician is llost in the woods while looking for the cell tower he’s suppose to fix…

  • I think i like wp7

    Definetly something you don’t want to crash in.
    $$$$$$$$$$

    • Theywillbepissed

      What exactly do you want to crash into?

  • Not new!

    These are not new. They have existed in Algonquin for at least 4 years now. Not to mention may others scattered throughout the district.

    And for the record, they are called “mono-pines”

  • mike

    Terry is right on the money. This was being done 15 years ago and never really took off.

    With HSPA and LTE being monsters compaired to their AMPS versions that I was talking about before. They no doubt be welcomed in Vancouver where everyone complains about new towers.

  • Justin Credible

    Lots of providers do the tree towers. The palm tree ones are best!

  • T1MB1T

    Yet another idea stolen from wind! Tony was saying the other day that the new AWS faux tree antenna just came in and now bell steals the idea! Justin you know tony said it was his idea! I suggest you send him an email so he can sue them too! why is everyone letting this happen????

    It was out plan to get these antenna to quiet the NIMBY people!! Who cares if we wanted to put an antenna in a school yard, or near the preschool! The parents would think us since they would have reception! See win wind!! The most megga hurts, best phones bet plans ad 100% Canadian. Unlike the others we are totally committed to Canada!

  • Invincible

    Gosh, I feel bad for the bird that decides to perch on that tree or the squirrel that chooses to hide their nuts in it.

    We all know Bell’s gonna charge that poor squirrel and bird an Access Fee, A Recovery Fee and want them to sign a three year plan (all paid in bird seeds and nuts)

    • Nade

      Hmm, I think you’re talking about Rogers.