Up, Up and Away!
View Calgary’s breathtaking trails, provincial parks and the Canadian Rockies from a thousand feet in the air. Enjoy the unique experience of floating gently in a hot air balloon at sunrise.
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 Calgary landscape below - so don't forget your camera!
The woven gondolas glide high above the ground but can sometimes gently skim treetops or cornfields when wandering over the countryside. Since balloons drift with prevailing winds, there is no wind chill and 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 Calgary Hot Air Balloon Ride is the ticket!
When: Hot Air Balloon Rides are offered May thru October subject to availability. Valid for ‘Anytime Flight’ Monday to Sunday AM. 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 Calgary 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
- Adults indulge in a champagne toast to finish your flight
Weather: Ballooning is a weather dependent sport and you can fly when the conditions are safe. Good visibility, light winds, 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 sandals or high heels 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 jacket or light sweater 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 in the parking lot at the Black Foot Inn, Calgary.
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 ride experience takes place at Calgary, Alberta. VIEW MAP
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