Ottawa Hot Air Balloon Ride
Take a Ottawa hot air balloon ride and experience the magic of soaring over a changing Ottawa landscape, suspended in a basket under a glorious hot air balloon. You’ll fly through the sky enjoying panoramic views and a unique sense of freedom.
Up, Up and Away!
View the nation’s capital from a thousand feet in the air. Enjoy the unique experience of floating gently over the Nation's capital in a hot air balloon at either sunrise or sunset.
Once the pilot determines that the balloon is ready for flight, you and the rest of the guests will climb into the basket as the pilot continues to heat the air inside the balloon's envelope. When it becomes "lighter than air" the balloon will ascend to 1,000 feet, offering breathtaking views of the beautiful Ottawa landscape below - so don't forget your camera!
The woven gondolas glide high above the ground but can sometimes gently skim cornfields or treetops when wandering over the countryside. Balloons drift with prevailing winds and there is no wind chill. Travellers feel only a slight sensation of movement. As is tradition for ballooning, explorers of the appropriate age end their flight with a champagne toast and memories that last a lifetime. So whether you are looking for a unique gift or for a way to celebrate a special occasion, this Ottawa Hot Air Balloon Ride is the ticket!
When: Hot Air Balloon Rides are offered May thru October. Valid for ‘Anytime Flight’ Monday to Sunday AM/PM. Flights take place at Sunrise or approximately 2 hours prior to Sunset. Times will vary upon the time of year the flight is scheduled.
Duration: The Ottawa Hot Air Balloon Rides have a flight time of approximately 1 hour and a total duration of approximately 4 hours including time for check-in, travel to the launch location, a safety briefing, setup and packing and return to the meeting location.
- One hour approx. hot air balloon flight at sunrise and or approximately 2 hours prior to sunset
- Adults indulge in champagne to finish your flight
Weather: Ballooning is a weather dependent sport and you can fly when the conditions are safe. Light winds, good visibility, no rain and no storms in the area are required. If the weather is not safe, the pilot will cancel the flight and you simply reschedule for another date that suits you.
What to wear: For your comfort and enjoyment it is recommended you wear casual, comfortable clothing. Solid, flat footwear is essential (no high heels or sandals please). It’s no colder in the air than on the ground but you will be outdoors for 3-4 hours, so dress for the temperature of the day. Bringing a light sweater or jacket might make you more comfortable if it is cool first thing in the morning or after we land in the evening.
Flight Meeting Location: The meeting location is Carleton University at Anniversary Park. Drive inside the main university gates off Bronson Ave. and take the first small driveway to the right.
Capacity: Balloons can carry between 8 to 12 passengers, depending on the basket size, making it easy to accommodate families or groups. The balloons have turning vents so the pilot can rotate the balloon during flight, giving everyone a 360 degree view.
Waiver: Each passenger will be required to complete a Passenger Liability Waiver.
Minimum age: Children must be a minimum of 10 years of age to fly and accompanied by an adult.
Passenger safety: All passengers must be able to climb in and out of the basket, stand for the entire flight and walk out of a field if necessary. Due to insurance restrictions, passengers cannot fly if they have recently had surgery, injuries, hip/back/knee problems, health concerns, physical limitations, severe auditory problems or is/may be pregnant
This hot air balloon experience takes place at Ottawa, Ontario. VIEW MAP
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