GIVE THE GIFT OF FLIGHT
2021 season update:
Due to COVID-19, for the 2020 season, we proactively limited the number of bookings, and due to overwhelming demand we were sold out a month after we opened our calendar.
For 2021, due to COVID-19 and group size restrictions, we will not accept any new bookings for Flights for 3 or 4.
We will accept a limited number of new bookings for Flights for 2 for 2021.
To reserve a flight for 2021, you can purchase a Gift Certificate now. Demand will likely exceed our capacity again in 2021.
Our booking calendar will open in again in the spring of 2021, although we may have a late start to the season depending on COVID-19 restrictions.
BOOK YOUR OTTAWA HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE
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EXCLUSIVE FLIGHT FOR 2
per person* + HST
Our exclusive, private and personal hot air balloon ride for 2 passengers is perfect for proposals, anniversaries, or just as a special memory for you and your guest**.
Weight limits apply - see below.
Our booking calendar will open in the Spring of 2021.
In the meantime you can purchase a Gift Certificate.
EXCLUSIVE FLIGHT FOR 3 or 4
per person* + HST
Our exclusive, private and personal hot air balloon ride for 3 or 4 passengers is perfect for any occasion where a small group can share special memories together**.
Weight limits apply - see below.
NOT AVAILABLE FOR 2021
Due to COVID-19, we are not taking new bookings for Flights for 3 or 4.
If you have an existing booking, or to be put on a waitlist, please contact us.
|Time of day||We fly right at sunrise and 2-3 hours prior to sunset.
Exact flight times vary by time of year.
|Duration||The experience lasts 3-4 hours total.
Flying time is 45-minutes to an hour.
|Transportation||Our launch location is about 45 minutes east of the city of Ottawa (1 hour from downtown). You will need to meet us at our launch location (provided after booking).|
|What's included||Transport Canada certified Balloon Pilot
Pre-flight safety briefing
Personal & Private hot air balloon flight
Flight confirmation email containing all instructions
2-3 professional hot air balloon ground crew
Chase vehicle to follow and recover the balloon and passengers
Ride back to the launch location
Traditional Champagne toast
|Prices||Balloon Flight for 2: $650 per person*
Balloon Flight for 3: $550 per person*
Balloon Flight for 4: $450 per person*
|Weight Limitations||Balloon Flight for 2 Max. Combined Weight Limit: 350 lbs
Balloon Flight for 3 or 4 Max. Combined Weight Limit: 650 lbs
*Prices indicated are per person, and do not include taxes (13% HST) + $30.00 online booking fee.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here is a list of questions we get asked all the time by our balloon rides passengers. If you wish to obtain additional information, please contact us.
We fly outside the built up area of the city of Ottawa, in the eastern Ontario peninsula, between the Ottawa and the St-Laurence Rivers. Depending on the wind conditions and visibility on the day of your flight – we may fly over city, forest, farmland, wetlands, and may be able to see the Ottawa and St-Laurence Rivers, the Gatineau Hills, the Laurentian mountain range, and on really clear days – we can see the Appalachian mountain range south of the Canadian border. The launch location is about 45 minutes east outside the city of Ottawa and will be provided to you once the booking process is complete.
Be prepared to spend at least 3-4 hours with us. This includes check-in, transportation to the launch site, balloon inflation, flight, pack-up and transportation back from the landing site.
Passengers are invited to participate in the pre and post flight preparation and packing up of the balloon - this is all part of the ballooning experience.
Yes. Our pilots are all Transport Canada certified and our equipment is inspected by a Transport Canada certified Aircraft Maintenance Engineer. We hold a valid Transport Canada Special Flight Operations Certificate for commercial ballooning. We belong to several voluntary organizations which set standards for ballooning, including the National Capital Balloon Club, the Canadian Balloon Association and the Balloon Federation of America.
The altitude will vary during the flight and depends on the wind conditions of the day. Average altitudes in our area are between 500 and 2,500 feet above the ground. Some of the flight may be at treetop level.
Flight time in the air can vary, but is typically 45 minutes to one hour. Exceptionally, flights may be as short as 30 minutes or may last up to one hour and 45 minutes. Pilots must take into account the wind speed, direction, and the availability of landing sites. Each flight is unique.
Ballooning is a fun activity for people of almost any age. There are some individuals for whom ballooning is not appropriate and will not be permitted to fly. This includes infants, young children (less than 8 years of age) who are not tall enough to see over the side of the basket, pregnant women, individuals who have done a recent scuba dive, and people suffering from chronic pain or have had recent major surgery. If you have a medical condition which could cause discomfort or be aggravated during the flight, or have been advised to restrict your activity because of a medical condition, please do not fly. Passengers must be able to stand during the hour-long flight, and may need to walk a distance from the balloon to the chase vehicle, sometimes on uneven ground. Most of our balloons do not have doors, and passengers must be mobile enough to climb in and out of the basket. A certain amount of flexibility and upper body strength are desirable. Ballooning is best appreciated by those who have a sense of adventure. We will provide you with more information after you complet eh booking process.
Due to safety and operational requirements we cannot fly with a combined passenger weight exceeding 650lbs for our 3 or 4-passenger flights and 350 lbs for our 2-passenger flights.
Wear casual clothing, preferably in layers. Ladies are most comfortable in trousers, because of the need to climb in and out of the basket. Flat-heeled, closed-toe shoes are recommended. Some people like to wear a light hat or a ball cap. Sun glasses are optional, but cameras are a must, so that you can take amazing hot air balloon photos.
Hot air balloons can only fly when the weather is suitable, with light winds and without rain, snow or fog. If the weather is unsuitable, you will be able to reschedule your flight to another available day.
We recommend booking at least 1-2 weeks in advance, however, we can sometimes accommodate a limited number of last minute reservations, so don’t hesitate to contact us even if it is the day before.
Please use our online booking system available from our Book-Now page. You may use any kind of credit card to book your flight. We require 72 hours’ notice for cancellation or schedule changes.