TOP 6 HOT AIR BALLOON EVENTS IN CANADA

Top Events Canada – Hot Air Balloon eventsA sport that has been popular for more than two centuries, hot air ballooning is often referred to as the “Champagne Sport” of Canada.

Hot Air Balloon events began in 1783 when the first hydrogen gas balloon was launched before a crowd in Paris, a spectacle that soon became a popular event all over the world, and which now displays incredible varieties of he biggest, brightest, most unusual hot air balloons in the world.









Vernon Winter Carnival Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
early February
Vernon, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Hot Air Balloon eventsFor more than two decades, one of the most popular parts of the increasingly attended Vernon Winter Carnival in British Columbia are the giant hot air balloons presenting a wild array of activities including the friendly competitions marking the skills of balloon pilots, the chance for families to enjoy the balloons in a wide variety of events such as the Friday evening Balloon Glow in which enthusiasts can get a close up of the giant, colorful balloons glowing in the dark, and much more.

For more information about the Vernon Winter Carnival Hot Air Balloon Fiesta see:
http://www.vernonwintercarnival.com/events-214/balloonfiesta




Kinsmen Cornwall Lift-Off
mid July
Cornwall, Ontario (ON )

Top Events Canada – Hot Air Balloon eventsHeld in mid July in Cornwall, Ontario, and founded almost two decades ago, the Kinsmen Cornwall Lift-Off has since hosted back-to-back Canadian National Hot Air Balloon Championships, and now features everything to do with balloon riding and the hot air balloons themselves and offers early morning Canadian ballooning rides, nightly entertainment with Canadian entertainers, midway rides, and fireworks displays.

For more information about the Kinsmen Cornwall Lift-Off visit:
http://www.lift-off.ca/





International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
mid August
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec (QC)

Top Events Canada – Hot Air Balloon eventsA popular event for more than three decades, the International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu is recognized as the biggest gathering of balloons in Canada in what has become a major event for all the family. Attracting more than 450,000 visitors each year, the International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, showcases more than 125 hot air balloons, including those of special shapes in major shows.

For more information about the International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu visit:
http://www.ballooncanada.com





Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival
late August – early September
Gatineau, Québec (QC)

Top Events Canada – Hot Air Balloon eventsAn increasingly popular hot air balloon festival for more than a quarter of a century, the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival in Gatineau, now attracting more than 200,000 visitors each year, showcases dozens of hot air balloons taking off in the mornings and evenings, offers hot air balloon rides as well as featuring a wealth of live music, the fun of amusement rides and more than 40 different food concessions.

For more information about the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival visit:
http://www.montgolfieresgatineau.com/en/





Atlantic International Balloon Fiesta
early September
Sussex, New Brunswick (NB)

Top Events Canada – Hot Air Balloon eventsFeaturing magical hot air balloons, the Atlantic International Balloon Fiesta, known as "Atlantic Canada's Most Colourful Festival" has been a tradition in Atlantic Canada for more than 25 years and continues to offer a wide variety of amusements including the highlight of twice-daily flights of more than 30 hot air balloons over the lush valleys of the Sussex region, a craft fair featuring more than 70 crafters and artisans, entertainment for children, a downtown Sussex parade and music of all types.

For more details about the Atlantic International Balloon Fiesta visit:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/New-Brunswick-NB-top-events-festivals-Atlantic-International-Balloon-Fiesta.html
or visit:
http://www.atlanticballoonfiesta.ca/





Canadian Hot Air Balloon Championships
late September
High River, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Hot Air Balloon eventsShowcasing two balloon flights each day with the best of Canadian balloonists competing for the title of Canadian Champion and the chance to attend the World Hot Air Balloon Championships, the Canadian Hot Air Balloon Championships offers a variety of competitions and events including Balloon Glow, an evening showcase of grounded, inflated balloons displaying a cascade of brilliant colors. 

For more information about the Canadian Hot Air Balloon Championships visit:
http://www.canadianhotairballoonchampionships.com/








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