How hot air balloons work - Prepare your ride !

Preparing your Flight

Here are some tips to help you plan and organize your adventure.

Meeting time

Meeting times for your flight vary all year long. For a morning flight, we meet at sunrise. For an evening flight, we meet approximately 3 hours before sunset. Click here to know the approximate time you will have to be at the meeting place for your flight:

Meeting places

You will be informed of our meeting place upon your flight confirmation.

Quality Hotel parking lot (previously known as Relais Gouverneur Hôtel)
For GPS users, enter either address: 200 MacDonald street or postal code: J3B 8J6
Exit 22 from highway 10, follow instructions for highway 35 South, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu direction; Take exit 43, Boulevard du Séminaire (previously exit 7);
Vergers Denis Charbonneau parking
575, Rang de la Montagne, Mont-St-Grégoire, J0J 1K0

Exit 37 from highway 10, continue on Route 227 South, towards Mont St-Grégoire for approx 5 km; Turn right on Rang de la Montagne and continue to 575, (approx 4km, 1000 feet after the stop).
Rona Iberville parking
85, ave Conrad-Gosselin, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Qc, J2X 0A1

Exit 42 from highway 35.


Flight confirmation

Sunset flight, you will be contacted by Balad’Air of the exact time and meeting place between 2 pm and 3 pm on the same day of your reserved flight.
Sunrise flight, you will be contacted by Balad’Air of the exact time and meeting place between 8:00 pm and 9:30 pm on the evening before your reserved flight.
If the forecast is not suitable for a balloon ride, we will reschedule the flight with you.

What are the required weather conditions?

Light wind, good visibility, stable air and no rain are the ideal weather conditions for a hot air balloon flight!

How long is the flight?

Plan on being with us for about 3 hours from start to finish.
The flight portion lasts approximately 1 hour depending on the wind speed and direction.

What to wear

Wear casual clothing and comfortable shoes appropriate for an outdoor adventure. Look at temperature forecast and dress accordingly. Layer your clothing so that you can adjust for warming temperatures as the sun rises or for cooling temperatures as the sun sets. For morning flights, expect quite a bit of dew. Waterproof shoes or boots might be more appropriate.
The temperature during the flight will be quite similar as the one at ground level. You might even fell it slightly warmer in the air than on the ground. Since the balloon is moving at the same speed as the wind, we lose the wind chill effect.

What to bring

Space is a limited resource in a gondola, so bring as few things as possible, but do not forget your camera and your boarding pass or gift certificate.

Booking cancellation policy

You have the right to cancel a booking by informing Balad'Air at least 48 hours before the scheduled flight.
For a booking cancellation between 5 and 48 hours prior to schedule flight, a late cancellation fee of 20% of the value of your ticket or gift certificate will be charged to keep the ticket or gift certificate valid.
No cancellation can be done less than 5 hours prior to a schedule flight. In case of a cancellation less than 5 hours prior to a schedule flight or in case of a no-show of the passenger, the ticket or gift certificate will be considered null and void. It is important to understand the cancellation policy and that if the rules of this policy are not followed or if you do not show up for your flight, your ticket or gift certificate will be considered as used and will no longer be valid.