THE HOT-AIR BALLOON EXPERIENCE IN ALL ITS FACETS

Raise your eyes
to Heaven!

Every year, the skies over Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu are filled with the enchanting spectacle of hot-air balloons. These majestic balloons take to the skies at first light, and offer an equally captivating spectacle in the early evening, taking into account weather conditions to ensure the safety and enjoyment of spectators.

The best times to take to the skies are around 6.30 in the morning and 6.30 in the evening, on the festival site.

A.M* FOLLOWED

For early risers and sunrise enthusiasts!

Passengers arrive at the kiosk: 4:45 am

Experience begins: 6:00 am

*Includes a daily ticket for use on the day of your flight. If your flight takes place on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, you will have an open ticket for use between August 15 and 18 inclusive.

FOLLOWING P.M*

The perfect way to round off a day of festivities!

Passengers arrive at the kiosk: 3:45 p.m.

The experience begins: 5:30 p.m.

Please note: For evening flights, we cannot guarantee that you will return in time to attend the shows that evening.

*Includes a daily ticket for use on the day of your flight. If your flight takes place on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, you will have an open ticket for use between August 15 and 18 inclusive.

Takeoff sites

Please note that these are the potential sites from which hot-air balloons can take off. That said, due to the many meteorological factors that must be taken into account for a flight to take place, we cannot guarantee that hot-air balloons will take off from these precise locations.
  • Polyvalente Marcel-Landry
    365 Av. Landry, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC J2X 2P6
  • Docquier Park
    86 Rue Docquier, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC J2W 2G3, Canada
  • Québécor
    800 Boul. Industrial, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC J3B 8G4
  • Centre-de-Plein-Air-Ronald-Beauregard
    93 Rue Towner, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC J3B 3S8
  • Expert Battery TCED
    700 Chemin du Grand Bernier N, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC J2W 2H1
  • Corporation du Fort Saint-jean
    15 Rue Jacques-Cartier N, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC J3B 8R8
  • Marcellin-Champagnat High School
    14 Chem. des Patriotes E, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC J2X 5P9

Where are the take-off sites?

Depending on weather conditions, the hot-air balloons can take off from different locations. During the festival, the main point of departure is the site itself, of course, depending on Mother Nature!

We'll keep you informed in real time on our social networks and on the festival website about the status of the take-offs. Be sure to follow us on our platforms to keep abreast of everything!

* Take-off sites will be revealed shortly.

WHAT ARE
THE
FAVORABLE CONDITIONS?

For a hot-air balloon to rise from its bed or even deploy on the ground, it requires the cooperation of Mother Nature. Even if the weather is fine, a few conditions are enough to complicate the flight.

Ideal conditions

Cool temperature;

Light winds, below 15 km/h (8 knots) on the ground;

At sunrise and sunset.

Adverse conditions

Winds too strong, above 15 km/h (8 knots);

Zero winds;

Presence of a thunderstorm cell within a 50 km radius;

Rain;

Wet fields.

Physical conditions

Young people aged 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult;

Passengers must be physically fit to: get in and out of the basket easily on their own, hold onto something without assistance and remain standing for the duration of the flight;

Use the step on the side of the carrycot to step over its edge;

Take the shock of landing. This is equivalent to a jump from a kitchen chair;

Be able to walk on uneven terrain.

THE MEANING
OF FLAGS

After a thorough analysis of the weather, the officers decide whether or not to authorize hot-air balloon launches. There are several flag codes to keep track of the situation during the festival.


green flag

This flag indicates that teams are authorized to inflate with hot air. However, they must wait for authorization from the officers before taking off.


Yellow flag

This flag indicates that only cold air inflation is permitted. Teams must wait before inflating with hot air and taking off.


Red flag

This flag indicates that conditions are not favorable for swelling.

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, THE CAPITAL OF HOT-AIR BALLOONING!

For over 40 years, the International Balloon Festival has been lighting up the skies over Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu with dozens of colorful balloons. Spread over a period of 10 days, the festival is one of the biggest national tourist events, and the largest gathering of hot-air balloons in Canada.

The impressive number of hot-air balloons at the festival has earned the city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu the prestigious title of Hot-air Balloon Capital, a distinction it and its residents have proudly held for many years.

The vast ballooning community involved in the International Balloon Festival helps to make this event a unique gathering for all families and all ages. We also thank the local farmers who allow us to land on their land every year. We're happy to maintain this special relationship with the community.

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