The Desjardins lift-offs

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Look up and enjoy the sight of the blaze of a thousand lights! No, it is not a rainbow, just dozens of dazzling hot air balloons lighting up the sky over Gatineau’s parc de la Baie! In order to make the show even more magical, the famous Sax Appeal quartet will provide the musical accompaniment for the morning lift-offs!

The Desjardins lift-offs are weather dependent.

From Saturday to Monday at 6:30 am and from Thursday to Monday at 6:30 pm. 

Musical lift-offs

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Saturday, Sunday and Monday, around 6:45 a.m.

What better than a little music to enhance the magic of the experience of a hot air balloon lifting off? Sax Appeal, a saxophone quartet with a soprano, an alto, a tenor and a baritone is conducted by Jarrod Goldsmith. The band will add some enchantment to the lift-off and render the moment that much more majestic. There is sure to be music in the air!

2017 PARTICIPATING HOT AIR BALLOONS

Special Shapes

Super FMG

Super FMG
Sébastien Poupart
Quebec, Canada

Alien Rocket

Alien Rocket
Alain Bard
Ontario, Canada

Kermie the Frog

Kermie the Frog
Todd Monahan
New York, USA

YuYu The Blue Penguin

YuYu The Blue Penguin
Bill Whelan
Ontario, Canada

She's a Hoot!

She's a Hoot!
Kingsley Glover
Ontario, Canada

Armadillo

Armadillo
Marcos Antonio Bonimcontro
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Boy

Boy
Jacob Vaillancourt
Quebec, Canada

Girl

Girl
Richard Vaillancourt
Quebec, Canada

Lion

Lion
Todd Monahan
New York, USA

Whale

Whale
Bill Whelan
Ontario, Canada

Bee Hives

Bee Hives
Bill Whelan
Ontario, Canada

Dingbat

Dingbat
Joël Berka
New York, USA

Regular Shapes

Desjardins

Desjardins
Louis Lafrance
Québec, Canada

Dormani Nissan

Dormani Nissan
Daniel Perreault
Québec, Canada

Ville de Gatineau

Ville de Gatineau
Brigitte Johnstone
Ontario, Canada

Ville de Gatineau

Ville de Gatineau
Martin Grégoire
Québec, Canada

Whisky

Whisky
Serge Guillette
Québec, Canada

To Go

To Go
Donald Bellini
Québec, Canada

Rose des vents

Rose des vents
Eric Tougas
Québec, Canada

Roméo-Juliette

Roméo-Juliette
Jean-François Bussières
Québec, Canada

Rob Air

Rob Air
Robert Bonneau
Québec, Canada

Remax

Remax
Mario Bilodeau
Québec, Canada

Remax

Remax
Benoit Tarte
Québec, Canada

Mike

Mike
Martin Isabelle
Québec, Canada

Lite Bright

Lite Bright
Alain Bard
Ontario, Canada

Libellules

Libellules
Léo Burman
Québec, Canada

Les monarches

Les monarches
Danielle Francoeur
Québec, Canada

Le sourire du ciel 2

Le sourire du ciel 2
Danielle Francoeur
Québec, Canada

La magie de l'air Yankee

La magie de l'air Yankee
Patrick Cloutier
Québec, Canada

Freedom

Freedom
Johann-François Ouellette-Frève
Québec, Canada

Foxtrot

Foxtrot
Éric Hamel
Québec, Canada

Concerto

Concerto
François Doucet
Québec, Canada

Ciel Aventure

Ciel Aventure
Normand Trépanier
Québec, Canada

Aptivent

Aptivent
Andrew Frève
Québec, Canada

Mystical Breeze

Mystical Breeze
David Berka
New York, USA

Patriotic Eh!

Patriotic Eh!
Serge Charbonneau
Ontario, Canada

Cameron N-123

Cameron N-123
Hal Cooper
Ontario, Canada

Racer

Racer
Hal Cooper
Ontario, Canada

Explor'Air Montgolfière

Explor'Air Montgolfière
Jesse Duval-Harbour
Québec, Canada

Kilo

Kilo
Martin Girouard
Québec, Canada

Flottille International de Montgolfières

Flottille International de Montgolfières
Ghislain Laroche
Québec, Canada

Ultramagic Demo

Ultramagic Demo
Sébastien poupart
Québec, Canada

Bleu ballon

Bleu ballon
Ian Shelton
Québec, Canada

Shankar's 2.0

Shankar's 2.0
Frank Wechter
New Mexico, USA

Yellow JAQ

Yellow JAQ
Annie Tessier
Québec, Canada

 

Reading the flags

After checking the weather, the Flight Directors will authorize or prohibit the hot air balloon flights. Pilots interpret the flags flying at the take-off area as follows:

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The red flag : The red flag means that the balloons cannot be inflated. This overrides any prior authorization.

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The yellow flag : The yellow flag means only cold air inflation is permitted. However, some balloons might be allowed to start hot air inflation

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The green flag : flag means that all pilots have the go-ahead for hot air inflation. This does not mean that they can lift-off. The pilots have to get permission from the flight officers before lifting off .

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The blue flag : The blue flag authorizes pilots to do tethered flights only.

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