The Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival takes place every year during the long weekend in September. The 2017 event will be held from August 31 to September 4. This year marks the 30th edition and shouldn’t be missed!
The Festival features balloons in different shapes, colours and sizes from different countries. Some countries that have been represented in the past include Australia, Germany and the United States. It is spectacular to see the styles of balloons. You will see balloons of animals, automobiles, people and anything else you can imagine.
The balloon lift-offs will be between 6 and 7pm from Thursday to Monday and between 6:30 and 7:30am on Saturday to Monday. Keep in mind that these times are approximate and depend on the weather.
The Festival offers other activities apart from watching balloons:
- petting zoo
- other concerts (for different age groups at different stages)
- face painting
- amusement rides
- artisan and craft tent
- Classic Car Exhibition
- and more.
There are various prices and packages available so the admission prices and opening times can be found on the festival’s official website, located below.
Would you like to take a balloon ride? If you have never been in a hot air balloon before then you are in for a real treat. The view from up high is quite amazing! If you are interested in taking a ride then make sure to book in advance. You can find the form on the website for the Festival.
Don’t feel like fighting for parking? Read our transportation page for some other options.
If you want the most up to date information then you will want to check out the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival official website.
Enjoy your time at the festival!