Montreal Fête Nationale Bonfire 2017: Feu de Joie de la Saint-Jean
A tradition dating back centuries, lighting a bonfire on June 24 is by no means a modern phenomenon. Bonfires have been lit since the time of New France as far back as the mid 17th century on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. Furthermore, bonfire lighting can be traced back to solstice celebrations dating back two thousand years. With enough digging, we could probably find evidence of bonfire traditions going back even further.
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But even though bonfires were a key part of Saint-Jean traditions in Quebec, the ritual fell out of favour over the last generation or two, though in recent times, the feu de joie tradition was revived courtesy of Montreal's Olympic Park.
In 2017, Montreal's Fête Nationale bonfire is expected to be held on June 23, 2017 between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. at the Olympic Village's Esplanade.
Many roads lead to it, be it the Pierre-de Coubertin, Pie-IX or Sherbrooke Street entrance to the Olympic Park. Family activities are planned throughout the day prior to the lighting of the bonfire (map).
More Montreal Bonfires on La Saint-Jean/Fête Nationale
Outside of the Olympic Park, several Montreal neighborhoods and Greater Montreal area cities and towns hold their own June 24 bonfire celebrations.
In 2017, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Côtes-des-Neiges, Montreal West, and Laval are a handful among many districts and neighborhoods across Quebec planning bonfires on June 23 and June 24, 2017. Find the Fête Nationale bonfire closest to you.