Nfld. & Labrador

Bonfire night in N.L.: centuries of remembering Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes night will be celebrated with public bonfires in several communities across Newfoundland and Labrador.
A bonfire burns on Guy Fawkes Day in eastern Newfoundland in 2008. (CBC)

Guy Fawkes Night, or Bonfire Night, is a tradition many communities in Newfoundland and Labrador celebrate every Nov. 5. 

The City of St. John's has banned open fires, but many other surrounding municipalities hold community bonfire events to mark the centuries-old tradition. 

The bonfire celebrates the failure of Guy Fawkes' plot to assassinate King James by blowing up London's House of Lords in 1605. Fawkes was arrested on Nov. 5 and later convicted of high treason, and executed.

Controlled fires

The provincial government suggests people attend public bonfires, but if you plan on lighting a private fire, the local government or fire department should be notified.

It's illegal to openly burn plastics, tires, asphalt products, paint products, used oil, household garbage, and treated wood. 

Liquid flame accelerator should not be used, a fire extinguisher should be on hand, and children should be closely supervised at all times.

Commercial businesses are being urged to secure propane tanks and empty waste containers.

Some public Guy Fawkes fires planned for Saturday night:

  • Paradise Park in the Town of Paradise
  • Salvation Army at the Coish in Bay Roberts
  • Recreation Centre in Portugal Cove-St. Philips
  • Sgt. Ned Nugent's Field in Conception Bay South
  • Main Beach in Holyrood