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Reserve now for a Hot Air Balloon flight!

Reserve online or by phone at 450-346-6000 

Please note that the form on the flight and the passengers (chosen date, name and weight of passengers, etc.) may be filled after payment.

Please note that as of Thursday, August 9th 2018 at 11:59 PM, you will have to book a flight at least 2 days prior the desired date. For example, if you want to reserve a flight on Monday, August 13th, you must do it before Saturday, August 11th at 11:59 PM.

 

Mornings

Flight time: 6 am in the launching parks, weather conditions permitting. Please note that you have to present yourself on the International Balloon Festival site and that the transport to the launching park is assured by your pilot’s chase crew. You won’t have to use your own vehicle to get back the the Festival.
Arrival time on the site: At the Passenger Zone at 5 am.
Rate: 180 $ per person, taxes and administration fees included. For morning flights, you won’t need a ticket to enter the site. For morning flight reservations received after July 31st, flight certificates will be available at the Passenger Booth. 

 

Evenings

Flight time: 6 pm at the International Balloon Festival site, weather conditions permitting.
Arrival time on the site: At the Passenger Zone at 4 pm.
Rate: 220 $ per person, taxes and administration fees included. You will receive your flight certificate by mail, during the month of July. It will also serve as a ticket to enter the site and a parking ticket, for the number of passengers written on the certificate. However, additionnal festivalgoers (ex. family members) will need to buy additionnal tickets. For flight reservations received after July 31st, flight certificates will be available at the VIP Entrance (via Grand-Bernier), at the accreditation trailer. 

REFUND OR CANCELLATION POLICY

A hot-air balloon flight can not be refunded or canceled unless canceled on the day of your flight due to weather conditions. At that time, we will refund the full amount of your flight or reschedule the flight to another date. Please note that entrance tickets to the site as well as parking tickets purchased by visitors or by those who want to want to purchase a flight on site will not be refunded. Following a cancellation in the event of bad weather, it will be possible for the visitor to obtain, if they leave before the beginning of the show, a valid ticket for another entry on the site. In addition, please note that any change of date will not be possible once the Boarding Cards have been issued. Please note that buying a flight is like buying a show ticket. A place has been reserved for you, which is why we expect you to show up (no refund unless canceled by us).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Do we have to be in a good physical condition to fly?

Passengers must be in good health and be able to climb up into the gondola by themselves. For security reasons, people who suffer from back pains, heart conditions, who are less than 4 feet tall, pregnant women and passengers under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be allowed to fly.

By accepting to fly in a Hot Air Balloon, the passenger holds the International Balloon Festival and the pilot harmless and accepts the inherent risks of such an activity. You will have to fill a Waiver and Release of Liability form before your flight.

What do you mean by unfavorable conditions?

Winds too weak or too strong (more than 12 km/h), rain and thunderstorms in an area of 50 km are unfavorable conditions. On the other hand, it can happen that the conditions are unfavorable at 6 pm and that the takeoff is given 20 minutes later. Please note that if the takeoff is postponed, it can affect the flight duration. In all these cases, the pilots have to wait the « balloonmeisters » approval before the takeoff.

Can I choose my Hot Air Balloon?

No. The booking system does not allow our passengers to choose the wanted Hot Air Balloon.

 

What should I wear?

It’s really important to wear comfortable shoes (sandals and high-heel shoes are not recommended). Remember that you will be standing for all the duration of the flight. Morning and evening are a bit cooler bring a windbreaker or an extra jacket. For flights in the morning, you can wear boots to keep your feet dry if there is some dew on the ground. In the evening, we suggest you wear long pants since landings in a field often occurs at a time when mosquitoes buzz all over the place!

How long does the flight last?

A flight can take about an hour depending of the weather at the takeoff time. As a passenger, you should plan up to 3 or 4 hours of your time for the duration of the whole activity (meeting your pilot, preparing the equipment for the inflation, taking-off, flight, landing, storing away the equipment, the traditional ceremony, and going back to the starting point.).

What happens if a flight is cancelled?

If your flight is cancelled due to bad weather, you can book another flight during the 2017 event, or get a refund. Otherwise, you will lose your flight and won’t be refunded. However, for those who are not present at the time of arrival, no credit and refund will be given

Where are we going to land?

It’s impossible to plan where we are going to land. The strength and the wind direction show us the area where we are going, nothing more. Usually, we land on land where we can obtain the owner’s authorization, for example, in a field nearby a road to make the balloon recovery easier.

How do you get back to your starting point?

During the flight, the pilot is constantly in radiocommunication with his team on the ground, also called chase crew. The chase crew follow him everywhere and when the balloon lands, the team is on the spot to help the pilot pack up the balloon envelope and put all the equipment back in the trailer. Then, everybody gets in the truck to go back to the starting point.

How long does the flight last?

A flight can take about an hour depending of the weather at the take off time. As a passenger, you should plan up to 3 or 4 hours of your time for the duration of the whole activity (meeting your pilot, preparing the equipment for the inflation, taking-off, flight, landing, storing away the equipment, the traditional ceremony, and going back to the starting point.).

How many persons in a gondola ?

2 to 6 persons including the pilot can fit in the gondola. Depending of the weight of everyone, and the capacity of the Hot air Balloon and the gondola, the number of passengers can change. It can be possible to be only 2 in the gondola, but we cannot guarantee it. If you want to maximize your chances of a smaller gondola crew, we recommend you to arrive at the opening time of the passenger zone at 5 am or at 4 pm according to the hour of your flight.

 

Why are the flights early in the morning or at the end of the day? (except in winter)

You can fly in summer and winter but, the only difference is that, during winter, we can fly at any hour of the day, whereas during summer, the flights are early in the morning or at the beginning of the evening.

A hot air balloon can fly due to the fact that warm air is lighter than cold air. On summer days, when the sun warms the ground, there is a phenomenon which, according to the thermal capacity of elements, creates more or less warm zones and whirlwinds which represent a risk for balloons. While early in the morning and at the end of the day, the ground is cold enough and the thermal phenomenon are practically absent. This allows us to fly safely.

How high can you fly?

A Hot Air Balloon can fly up to 7,500 feet. During a flight, it is possible to fly only at a few meters. It allows the pilote to trim the top branches of trees and skim over the river. It is as well possible to fly at 1 000 feet in the air and have a better view of the landscapes. Everything depends on the pilot, the passengers and the weather conditions.

Is it possible to guide a hot air balloon?

A pilot knows that according to his altitude, he can find winds of various directions. In a certain way, he can control his balloon.

Do we suffer from vertigo in a hot air balloon?

No! Since the balloon is not attached to the ground like a bridge or a tower, the vertigo phenomenon doesn’t exist! During the flight, the gondola is very stable and hardly moves.

Is it cold the higher you fly?

We lose about 2 Celsius degrees for each 1000 feet of altitude. Therefore, if it’s 20 Celsius degrees on the ground, it will be 18 Celsius degrees at 1000 feet high, and so forth. Furthermore, since the hot air balloon is moving at the same speed as the wind, you will hardly ever feel the wind in your face during the flight.

Can I bring my camera or take pictures during the flight?

Of course! And we highly recommend you to immortalize these magic moments.

 

For any question:
Contact Michèle Boutin-Delisle
(450) 346-6000 or online: flights@montgolfieres.com 

HAVE A GOOD FLIGHT !