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Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival 2024 in Ottawa

Dozens of balloons of all shapes and colors are launched at the amusement park

Dates: August 29–September 2, 2024

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival
Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival
Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival
Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival
Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

Hot Air Balloon Festival is one of the favorite end-of-summer events in Gatineau, 15 km from Ottawa. It attracts more than 200,000 visitors every year, featuring 300 shows and spectacles for up to 60 hours. All these performances come with about 100 hot air balloons of various shapes and colors.

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival Highlights

Live music is performed on two stages, with illumination and fireworks every day. There is plenty of entertainment for children as well, after all, Hot Air Baloon Festival is held at Gatineau Amusement Park.

Among the main highlights of the festival are the mass balloon launches, held on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 6 am. Visitors can also attend launches in the evenings when dozens of hot air balloons color the sky over Gatineau’s Parc de la Baie.

The event takes place at around 6:30 pm. After dusk, watch a multimedia show, where images will be projected onto hot air balloons, while glowing spheres illuminate the night. The show is accompanied by music. Ballooning activities are subject to weather conditions and free to watch.


A 5-Day Pass for the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival costs $59.99 plus taxes, and a Daily Ticket is $39.99 plus taxes. Children (ages 2 to 10) have free admission. The price for a Ride Ticket starts at $26.96 plus taxes, and a Balloon Ride is $395 per passenger.

Parking and Camping

Gatineau Hot Air Baloon Festival also has a camping ground and parking for recreational vehicles, as about 1000 RVs arrive in the park during the festival each year. Camping Pass starts at $149.99.

Festival History

Founded by Jean Boileau, the festival first took place in 1988. In the following 20 years, it became one of the most significant balloon events in Canada. In 1998, it hosted the World Hot Air Airship Championship, made up of teams from 16 different countries.

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Authors: Olena Basarab