Informations about the 35th edition of the FMG, which will take place from September 1 to 5, 2022, will be updated in spring 2022. Subscribe to our newsletter to not miss anything!
Must I be vaccinated to attend the FMG?
As stipulated by the Government of Quebec, the presentation of a vaccination passport will be required for people aged 13 and over as of September 1st in order to take part in certain activities, including festivals.
As the FMG is scheduled to begin on September 2nd, 2021, this measure must be applied. As such, proof of adequate vaccination will be required to participate in FMG activities and ticket holders who are not adequately vaccinated will not be allowed access to the site.
*Adequate proof of vaccination from another province than Quebec will be accepted, with the presentation of an official identification card indicating the province of residence.
Province of Quebec: You can download your proof of vaccination (QR code) here.
Download the VaxiCode application on your mobile device to have your QR code accessible at all times.
*Test the application and your QR code. GREEN - you will be able to access the FMG website without problems. RED - call the helpline (1-877-644-4545)
- For your proof of vaccination to be valid, you must have had your last dose of vaccine at least 7 days ago.
- An identification card will be requested in addition to the appropriate proof of vaccination.
- A printed copy of the QR code will be accepted.
See all details about proof of vaccination here.
Which entrance can I use to access the Amusement park?
The only entrance to the Amusement park is located at 1089 Jacques-Cartier Street.
What will FMG look like this year?
For the 2021 edition of the FMG, we are happy to be able to physically return to Parc de la Baie from September 2 to 6! Due to sanitary measures, the FMG is very different this year. Here's everything you need to know about the 34th edition:
Only people who have a valid ticket will be able to access Parc de la Baie and the activities presented (hot air balloon flights and illuminations, fireworks, shows, etc.).
- A limited number of tickets will be available for each show (800 for the Hydro-Québec Musical Matinees).
- Evening tickets will be offered this year, in addition to tickets for the Hydro-Québec Musical matinees. Thus, the 5-day passport will not be offered.
- The doors open at 5 p.m. for the evening shows and at 6 a.m. for the Hydro-Québec Musical matinees. Access to the site allowed 1 hour and 15 minutes before each show on Desjardins Family Day.
- Food concessions and mobile bars will be present to serve you on the site.
- Desjardins Family Day will allow families to attend free shows, by reservation of tickets.
- A thrilling amusement park will be available from September 2 to 6, on the outskirts of the FMG show site at Parc de la Baie, in partnership with Beauce Carnaval.
How will the site be configured?
In order to comply with public health standards, different zones, each accommodating 500 people, will be set up in front of the stage. The plans below show the layout of the zones for each show.
Casino Lac-Leamy Stage
Hydro-Québec Musical matinees
Desjardins Family Day
What are the Festival dates and hours?
The Festival will take place from September 2 to 6, 2021.
Where is the Festival located?
At parc de la Baie, Gatineau
Which entrance will I use to enter the Festival?
The only entrance to the Festival will be the La Baie entrance, located at 93 rue de la Baie.
What are the opening hours of the site?
In order to respect sanitary measures, spectators will be allowed to enter the site at 5 p.m. for the evening shows and at 6 a.m. for the Hydro-Québec Musical matinees. Local artists will welcome festival-goers before the evening shows. During the Desjardins Family Day, festival-goers will be able to arrive at the site 1 hour and 15 minutes before the start of the show.
Where are your offices?
165, rue Saint-Antoine
Gatineau (Québec) Canada J8T 3M6
Note that due to the exceptional situation caused by COVID-19, the festival has chosen to take all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of this virus. Our offices are therefore closed until further notice. The entire festival team works from home and remains available by email.
How can you be reached?
By phone, 819-243-2330 / 1-800 668-8383, by fax, 819-243-2324 or by email, email@example.com.
Is there a minimum age for admission alone to the Festival?
Children aged 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult to enter the Festival site.
Is the RV Park open this year?
Unfortunately the RV Park won't be open this year.
Due to the unusual circumstances related to the pandemic and the measures imposed by the Public Health Department regarding gatherings this summer, the FMG is not able to offer you the quality camping experience that you have come to expect.
If you wish to attend the Festival and sleep while camping, you can consult the Where to sleep section of the Tourisme Outaouais website.
Will the shows be webcast?
No, there will be no webcasts. We are fortunate to have a site that is suitable for health standards. We are therefore pleased to be able to welcome our festival-goers in person to the Parc de la Baie.
If it rains, will the shows be cancelled?
The shows will not be cancelled, but may be rescheduled for the same evening.
If the show is cancelled, can I get a refund?
If the FMG has to cancel a show or shows, a refund will be offered.
Will there be carnival rides?
Thanks to the partnership with Beauce Carnaval, we're happy to be able to offer these moments of fun and thrills to our young and not-so young festival-goers once again.
In total, 12 to 15 rides will be present, including the Zipper, Fire Ball, Himalaya, Caroussel, the Drop’n’twist and the Cascadeur for the thrill-seeking adventurers, young and old alike. The offer will also include games of skill and fairground food. Access to the rides will be via a separate entrance from the FMG show area; festival-goers will not be able to move freely between the two sites due to the ongoing health measures in effect.
Tickets can only be purchased on site during the ride park's opening hours.
More details here.
Will there be fireworks?
There will be fireworks at the end of each evening.
What health and safety measures will be put in place?
We will comply with the requirements of the Public Health Department. We are awaiting these guidelines.
I am an artist or an artist’s agent. Can I apply to perform at the Festival?
Yes, to submit you application, you can click here.
Will there be any free shows?
Yes, we are pleased to offer free family shows as part of Desjardins Family Day. Ari Cui Cui will present 2 shows on Monday September 6th. In order to control the number of festival-goers on site, families must reserve tickets on our website. 1 ticket is required for each individual wanting to attend the show, regardless of age.
Will there be activities for children?
What kind of tickets will be available?
This year, we are offering evening tickets (access to 2 shows, a flight, a Night Glow and fireworks) as well as unique tickets for the Hydro-Québec Musical matinees. Thus, the 5-day passport will not be offered.The tickets, available in limited quantities, will give access to a single evening chosen at the time of purchase. However, if you wish to attend more than one evening, you will simply need to purchase a ticket for each evening.
How many tickets can I book for my family?
You can buy up to 6 tickets per show per transaction. All tickets on the same invoice must be used by people living at the same address and in the same family bubble.
Can I buy tickets at the door?
There will be no box office on site. Due to the very limited number of places available, we suggest that you reserve your seat as soon as possible. You can buy your tickets here. If you need assistance in completing your ticket purchase, please contact us at 819 243-2330 with a Visa or Mastercard credit card in hand.
Will there be a front stage section?
There will be a front stage section. To access it, simply buy a ticket in zone 1 or zone 2.
Is admission free for children?
Admission is not free for children, as Public Health requires us to know the number of festival goers on site at all times. For this reason, anyone wishing to attend the show must purchase a ticket, just as they would in a concert hall.
However, babies aged 2 and under, carried or in a stroller, have free access to the Festival site. The Desjardins Family Day, featuring Ari Cui Cui, will be free for all with a ticket reservation.
How many tickets will be available?
A limited number of tickets will be available for each of the evening shows and for the Desjardins Family Day shows. 800 people will be able to attend each of the Hydro-Québec Musical Matinees.
Can I get an access to the show with the Leisure Access Card?
Free admission is offered to the person accompanying a person holding the CAL card: Carte Accompaniment Loisir (carteloisir.ca). Limited quantities may apply for some shows. Please call us to purchase your ticket and get a 2nd one for free. Proof will be requested. 819 243-2331.
At the Festival
Can I choose where I watch the show?
In order to respect the physical distance of 1 meter and to limit the movement of persons in a certain area, we will indicate a specific location on your arrival, following the functioning of a general admission. This location will be in the area you chose at the time of purchase.
Can I attend only one of the shows on the same evening?
Yes, you can arrive at and leave the Festival’s site at any time after 5:00 p.m. in the evening. You can therefore arrive or leave between the two shows if you wish to attend only one show. Note that the zones are general admission, on a first come first serve basis, as soon as the doors open for the first show of the night.
Will there be an area for wheelchair users during the shows?
People who use manual or electric wheelchairs, 3-wheeled or 4-wheeled scooters are invited to reserve access in zones 6, 8 and 10 for evening shows and Desjardins Family Day. For the Hydro-Québec Musical Matinees, all zones are wheelchair friendly.
Can I bring my chair?
For evening shows, folding chairs will be allowed in zones 6, 8 and 10. However, while they are permitted, they are not required. For the Hydro-Québec Musical Matinees and the Desjardins Family Day, chairs are permitted and encouraged in all zones. For the evening of September 5, chairs will be permitted in all areas for the Comedy Gala, but must be set aside during the FouKi and his Zayvités show, with the exception of areas 6, 8 and 10 where the chairs will be permitted at all times.
Can I bring my cooler and drinks?
Normally, when festival guests brings bags and coolers, our team must inspect their contents to ensure that no prohibited items are brought onto the festival site. As such, this year, in an effort to limit contact between event staff and guests and their belongings, it is not permitted to bring food or beverages onto the festival site.
Will there be bars and food concessions on site?
Yes, bars and food concessions will be on site to serve you in respect of health measures.
Will there be a 1001 Trouvailles and Artisans tent?
In order to respect sanitary measures and to limit travel and contact, there will be no craft show (Artisans) or vendor (1001 Trouvailles) tents.
Can I withdraw money on site?
In order to limit contact, it is strongly recommended to use a bank card rather than cash. For this reason, there will be no ATMs to withdraw money on site.
Do I have to wear a face covering?
In accordance with public health requirements, face coverings will be recommended when walking around. You are free to remove it once you are in front of the stage.
Will there be toilets?
Yes, chemical toilets will be available near each zone.
Can I smoke at the Festival?
Smokers are invited to use the designated smoking areas out of respect for other festival-goers.
Can I sign up as a volunteer?
Yes, you can sign up by filling out this form.
Can I bring my dog to the Festival?
Pets are not permitted at the Festival, but guide dogs for the visually impaired are permitted.
Will there be paid parking?
Park in one of our parking lots for $10 (cash and debit/credit cards accepted).
- 119, de la Baie Street
- 33, de la Baie Street
Amusement park parking : 1089 Jacques-Cartier Street
Does my ticket allow for free STO transportation?
Due to the limited number of festival-goers allowed this year, the FMG will not provide free STO transportation to the Festival’s site. If you wish to come to the FMG by bus, we encourage you to plan your trips carefully by using the Plani-bus at www.planibus.sto.ca
Line 67 service at stop 3230 on Gréber, direction Gatineau (Station de la Cité)
Thursday and Friday: last trip 11:59 p.m.
Saturday: last trip 11:59 p.m.
Sunday: last trip 11:54 p.m.
Line 67 service at stop 3232 on Gréber, direction Ottawa
Thursday and Friday: last trip 11:16 p.m.
Saturday: last trip 12:19 a.m.
Sunday: last trip 11:15 p.m.
*Regular STO rates apply.
Is the Festival eco-friendly?
The Festival, in partnership with RECYC-QUÉBEC, is committed to a cleaner planet. Approximately 50 volunteers make up a green team that reminds people at the Festival to act in accordance with its eco-friendly policy:
— sorting waste in recycling and composting bins.
— biking to the Festival and parking in our free bicycle parking areas. Be sure to bring your lock.
The Festival received an award at the Gala d’excellence en environnement de l’Outaouais, and the first Grand Vivat award for eco-friendly events in Quebec.
In 2020, the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival (FMG) won the Vivats Socio-Economic Commitment Award. This award, presented by the Conseil québécois des événements écoresponsables, recognizes the event with the most positive impact on the community in Quebec.
The FMG's sustainable practices were also recognized in 2020, during the Vertuoses competition organized by Enviro Éduc-Action. This is a contest of environmental excellence whose objective is to reward and promote sustainable development initiatives in the Outaouais.
The hot air balloon
Can I book a hot air balloon ride?
Yes, you can book a hot air balloon ride. However, the pandemic has resulted in some delays, so prior bookings will be given priority, which may result in your flight being postponed until 2022.
What health measures are in place during a flight?
The FMG is committed to ensuring the safety of its passengers. In order to comply with public health regulations, certain sanitary measures will be put in place during flights*:
- Reduced number of passengers per flight;
- Respect of the physical distance of 1 meter as much as possible;
- Wearing of the mask and visor by the pilot;
- Frequent hand washing;
- Cleaning of equipment and vehicle before and after the flight.
*These measures are subject to change to comply with Public Health guidelines.
Do I have to wear a mask during the flight?
Yes, a procedure mask must be worn at all times from the moment you arrive at the meeting point.
Can I postpone my balloon ride if I have symptoms of COVID?
Yes, you can reschedule your flight to another date.