Hot Air Balloon Ride during the Festival

Go ahead, lift-off..!

Have you always dreamed of it? Is flying over the area in a hot air balloon on your bucket list? Wait no longer, and make the most of the festivities to enjoy this unforgettable experience! For only $249 plus taxes per person (wristband not included), this unique moment and gorgeous view of the nation’s capital are yours while you ride in a hot air balloon!

If you’d like to hop on board, just reserve here!

Rides without reservations during the Festival

Go to the Hot Air Balloon Rides Booth from 5:30 am for morning flights and 4:30 p.m. for afternoon flights. The price for passengers is $249, plus taxes, per passenger. A reservation official will provide you with a boarding pass bearing the pilot's name. You will then proceed to the waiting area, where the pilot or his crew chief will greet you. You can board only with the designated pilot, who should wear identification. If you change your mind, please inform a reservation official at the registration stand as soon as possible.

If the scheduled flight is cancelled, you must go to the Hot Air Balloon Rides Booth to return your boarding pass. You will then have the option to ask for another reservation or for a refund. It is strictly forbidden to make other arrangements directly with the pilot if your flight is postponed. You must make the necessary arrangements at the flight stand.

Interac machines are available at the site.

General information

Arrive at least one hour before your flight, at the Hot Air Balloon Rides Booth, at the parc de la Baie. Balloons lift off around 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

General conditions

A flight can last between 20 and 90 minutes, depending on the direction and speed of prevailing winds. Counting balloon preparation and retrieval, total flight time can be up to three hours. The return to the point of departure is ensured by a chase team that follows the balloon throughout its flight. Each passenger will have the opportunity to toast his or her flight with a glass of bubbly after landing.

Please note that the temperature in the air is about the same as on the ground; don't wear warm clothing for nothing! Follow the rules: simple clothing, of little value, walking shoes (no high heels), no hats; bring a camera if you like, but attached to your neck or to your wrist. Only registered passengers are allowed on the launch site.

There is no age limit for balloon flights! However, for security reasons, a passenger must be tall enough to see over the basket, therefore usually 12 years of age and older or 4 feet tall.

Safety and organizational considerations require that anyone aged 65 or over show a medical certificate before they can be cleared for a hot air balloon ride.

We recommend that all passengers with serious health problems, who have been operated on recently or are undergoing treatment, to obtain medical advice and authorization before making a reservation. Pregnant women are not allowed on hot air balloon flights.

Flights depend on weather conditions and your physical condition. Hot air balloon flights are refundable when cancelled by the pilot or the flight director.

Have a good flight!