The lift-offs

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! 

The lift-offs are weather dependent.

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

Morning lift-offs

Saturday, Sunday and Monday around 6:30 am.

Admission to the grounds will be FREE between 6 and 8 a.m. so you can be there for the morning lift-offs! A perfect time to join our Yoga activity!

Alternative sites to maximize the chances of flying in the morning!

Did you know, for the last four years, and in case the conditions do not allow to fly from the Bay Park in the morning, the alternative site has been set up in Gatineau! There are 3 of them: école secondaire Grande Rivière, école secondaire Érablière and aéroport exécutif de Gatineau. 

Special Shapes

Super FMG

Super FMG
Sébastien Poupart
Québec, Canada

Baby Owl

Baby Owl
Nicolas Le Franc
France

Terry Mouse

Terry Mouse
John Cavin
Florida, USA

Tom Cat

Tom Cat
John Cavin
Florida, USA

My Deerling

My Deerling
Alain Bard
Ontario, Canada

Speedy Snail

Speedy Snail
Louis Lafrance
Québec, Canada

Raccoon

Raccoon
Marcos Antonio Bonimcontro
Brasil

Owlbert Eyenstein

Owlbert Eyenstein
Gary Moore
Arizona, USA

Licorne

Licorne
Scott Monahan
New-York, USA

Regular Shapes

FMG

FMG
Daniel Perreault
Québec, Canada

Ville de Gatineau

Ville de Gatineau
Brigitte Johnstone
Québec, Canada

Ville de Gatineau 2

Ville de Gatineau 2
Martin Grégoire
Québec, Canada

Sky Crazy

Sky Crazy
Kenny Blackburn
Québec, Canada

Rob-Air

Rob-Air
Robert Bonneau
Québec, Canada

Libellules

Libellules
Léo Burman
Québec, Canada

Roméo - Juliette

Roméo - Juliette
Jean-François Bussières
Québec, Canada

Yankee

Yankee
Patrick Cloutier
Québec, Canada

Un sourire du ciel II

Un sourire du ciel II
Danielle Francoeur
Québec, Canada

Les monarches

Les monarches
Danielle Francoeur
Québec, Canada

Aptivent

Aptivent
Andrew Frève
Québec, Canada

Kilo

Kilo
Martin Girouard
Québec, Canada

Foxtrot

Foxtrot
Éric Hamel
Québec, Canada

Mike

Mike
Martin Isabelle
Québec, Canada

Glao

Glao
Louis Lafrance
Québec, Canada

Flottille international des montgolfières

Flottille international des montgolfières
Ghislain Laroche
Québec, Canada

Freedom

Freedom
Johann François Ouellette Frève
Québec, Canada

Ultramagic

Ultramagic
Sébastien Poupart
Québec, Canada

Remax

Remax
Benoit Tarte
Québec, Canada

Delta

Delta
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:

drapeau_vert.png 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 .
drapeau_bleu.png The blue flag : The blue flag authorizes pilots to do tethered flights only.
drapeau_jaune.png The yellow flag : The yellow flag means only cold air inflation is permitted. However, some balloons might be allowed to start hot air inflation
drapeau_rouge.png The red flag : The red flag means that the balloons cannot be inflated. This overrides any prior authorization.

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