Campbell River’s public Halloween fireworks display is a no-go this year. 

With provincial public health orders banning large gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, it won’t be put on by local firefighters.

“This has become an increasingly popular event for families to come out and observe a fantastic fireworks display on Halloween, and to enjoy a hotdog and hot chocolate. Last year, due to an upsurge in attendance, the fireworks display was moved to the Sportsplex parking lot and was a huge success,” notes fire chief Thomas Doherty. “In the interest of safety, and in compliance with public health orders, the fire department has made the decision to cancel this year’s event.”

Doherty adds that anyone planning their own fireworks display must have a permit.

The application deadline for a permit is no later than two weeks prior to use (deadline for Halloween is Saturday, Oct. 17 at 4:30 p.m.). 

Cost per permit is $40, and applications are available online at along with the Fireworks Bylaw, and instructions on submitting an application for a permit.

For a safe and memorable fireworks experience, the department asks that you follow these safety guidelines:

  • Know and follow the fireworks regulations
  •  Notify your neighbours of your fireworks plans.
  •  Follow all instructions provided with fireworks.
  • Choose an appropriate location to maximize safety.
  • After the show is over, safely dispose of fireworks packaging. Make sure there are no smoldering pieces that could cause a fire.
  • Possession and discharge of firecrackers, prohibited fireworks, including after-market modified fireworks, and using fireworks without a permit is subject to fines.

For more information, contact the Campbell River Fire Department at 250-286-6266.