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International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu 2019

Check out the largest hot air balloon festival in Canada with more than 125 balloons from all around the world

International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu in Quebec 2019 - Best Time
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Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu’s International Balloon Festival is among the most spectacular in the ballooning world. Each August it gathers around 150 performances for the whole family at Saint-Jean Airport, 40 minutes from Montreal. From one of America’s largest inflatable parks, to stage shows and balloon rides, this festival can be considered the best family-friendly event of the summer.

The balloons set off twice a day, in the morning at 6 am and in the evening at 6 pm. You can take a ride in one of the balloons, or watch the beauty of the launches from panoramic fields. The festival also includes meetings with pilots and crew, where anyone can learn more about this sport.