The Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival would like you to take a ride in a hot air balloon at any time of the year!
Treat yourself to a unique experience and a chance to discover the vastness of the Outaouais landscapes as you soar above its many waterways. A perfect opportunity for a high-flying ride!
Reservations can be made by calling 819-243-2330. Year-round rides are $249 per passenger, plus taxes.
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.
Reimbursement Option: That option gives you the opportunity to change your basic package as a refundable balloon ride package. If you do not plan to postpone your flight or transfer it to another person it can be purchased at a cost of $ 30 per passenger. By checking this option it will allow you to ask for a refund of the basic package of $ 249 plus tax per passenger .
The administrative transaction fee and the reimbursement option fee are always non-refundable.
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.
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 considerations require that anyone aged 65 or over has a medical advice 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.