Summer is fast approaching! Before we know it the brutal winter that we just went through will be a distant memory and our only thoughts will be on how much sunshine we can soak up in those short 3 months.\nIf you're looking for fun activities near Ottawa you definitely can't miss out on Canada's largest hot air balloon festival that takes over Gatineau every year. Experience the bright blue summer skies from a new perspective with the largest celebration of it's kind!\nView this post on Instagram The Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival is in full swing! What a beautiful sight! #PlanninCompanion #Gatineau #Festival A post shared by Plannin’ Companion (@plancompanion) on Sep 2, 2018 at 11:00am PDT\nView this post on Instagram The Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival is this weekend and it’s a sight to see! 🎈 Keep an eye out for that famous Re/Max balloon! Photo by @zibican. #hooperhometeam A post shared by Hooper Home Team (@hooper_home_team) on Sep 1, 2018 at 8:36am PDT\nThe Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival is probably the coolest festival that will happen all summer. From August 29th to September 2nd head over to Baie Park in Gatineau, Quebec and experience the magic!\nThere will be tons of unique balloons at the event in different shapes, colours, and sizes that have travelled to the festival from all over the world. They also have balloon lift-offs which offer a magical site of all the balloons in the sky! Normally the lift-offs happen 2 hours after sunrise and 2 hours after sunset, approximately 6:30 am and 6 pm.\nView this post on Instagram Hot Air Balloon Festival, Gatineau, Canada 🇨🇦 #airballoon #airballoonfestival #gatineauhotairballoonfestival #pocket_canada #saturdayvibes #instagood #instadaily #instasky #instamood #explorecanada #photogram #photodaily #photography #photooftheday #photographylover #photographyislife A post shared by Francys Granadillo (@mayelaphotos) on Sep 3, 2017 at 9:00am PDT\nYou don't have to spend the entire time on the ground taking in the magic though, you can also purchase an air balloon ride if you want to! Air balloon rides cost $325 per person for a 20-90 minute ride depending on wind and speed.\nOther than admiring the hot air balloons there are tons of exciting things to take part in during the festival including over 300 live shows, an amusement park, a firework display, a craft market, a classic car exhibit, and much more!\nView this post on Instagram Can't wait for this weekend's Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival, my favourite festival in Ottawa! Got lucky last year and was able to snap this awesome view! 😍 . . . #MyOttawa #ottawa #outaouaisfun #ExploreCanada #sharecangeo #quebecoriginal #FallFlyDJI @henryscamera A post shared by @ sofiesharom on Sep 1, 2017 at 3:51pm PDT\nView this post on Instagram Summer sunsets #hotairballoon #photography #candidphotography A post shared by Photographer 📸 (@camera_shy_917) on Sep 4, 2017 at 1:05pm PDT\nCheck out their website for more information!