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.

In 2018, 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 at the lift-off area !

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

Did you know, for the last three 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. 

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!

Special Shapes

Super FMG

Super FMG
Sébastien Poupart
Québec, Canada

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

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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