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  Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival,Gatineau,Quebec.
by Greggor58

Every Labor Day weekend since 1988 this event attracts a hundred thousand to two hundred thousand people over a three day period and is attended by pilots from as far away as Europe...

Gatineau is a Quebec community just across the Ottawa River from Ottawa and is accessed by any number of bridges going to Quebec.

The Festival has become the most important hot air balloon festival in Canada, and is the fifth largest in the world.

Its fun to watch the crews get they're balloons assembled and inflated....booking a flight with your favorite balloon is possible but a little expensive maybe ....upwards of $ 190.00 per person...and take heed...the balloons wont fly though if the weather is not co-operative..conditions must be good...or it wont be safe to fly.

Other than balloons....the Festival has a schedule of live musicians...Céline Dion has even played this gig...There are also a craft market for local and regional craftspeople displaying and selling ,an amusement park,rides,and classic car and motorcycle exhibitions as well as a number of food outlets...even Beaver tail is available here.

Access costs to the site are variable.....this year the entrance fee for Saturday ONLY is $ 22.00...
A one day access on Friday Sunday or Monday will cost you $ 16.00..There is free admission for children under four feet or ten years of age or younger.....Hmmm this is accurate information but it seems a little ODD...

If you're into some exciting color and you want to experience a Hot Air Balloon Festival this event would satisfy your interests...Its more than a major attraction in the City or Ville de Gatineau..

Phone: 1 800-668-8383

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