No matter what time of year it is, there's always room for summer dreams. And with the warmer weather comes a slew of festivals and events that we couldn’t be more excited for. One festival, in particular, has floated its way into our favourites. That’s right, we’re talking about one of Canada’s largest hot air balloon festival and if you’ve never been, 2020 is finally the time to go. 

Located not too far from Ottawa in Gatineau’s La Baie Park, this event is sure to inflate your excitement.

With a number of changes and improvements set for this year, even festival regulars will have something new to look forward to. 

This year you can expect even better evening entertainment on multiple stages, a totally redesigned site plan, new activities, and a whole new selection of amusement rides. 

Of course, the breathtaking display of hot air balloons remains at the heart of it all. 

Attendees can also enjoy things like beautiful fireworks, a classic car exhibit, buskers, a craft market, a big top with 1001 hidden treasures, and more.

So, it's fair to say this event isn't just full of hot air.

Mark your calendars for September 3-7, because you and your squad won’t want to miss this magical event.

The balloons come in all different colours and shapes. Some are even designed to look like adorable animals.

Looking up to see a sky full of flames and colours is sure to take your breath away, especially at night.

In the morning, you can watch the balloons lift off for free between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., at which time there will be a yoga event for you to partake in if you choose.

The evening liftoffs will be from Thursday to Sunday at 6 p.m., however, you will need to purchase a wristband for that.

But, if that’s not enough, you can hop into the balloon and head up to the clouds yourself for $325 per ride.

That may be pricey, but when else are you going to get a chance to literally float away peacefully?

Hot Air Balloon Festival

Price: TBD

When: September 3-7, 2020

Address: Parc de La Baie, 988, Rue St-Louis, Gatineau, QC

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy whimsical hot air balloons, amusement rides, live entertainment, and so much more.