Gatineau Hot Air Balloons 2017

This year the 30th annual Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival happened.

We weren’t sure what to expect, so we got up early, got some Timmies, and headed across the bridge to the event location. However, when we got there we were quickly thwarted by confusing maps that didn’t do a great job of helping us find parking. We finally did find the correct lot, but decided that paying to park and then paying another $30 (each for entry) might not be worth watching the hot air balloons for an hour.

So, we went back over the bridge and found a nice little area across the river to watch the balloons go up. Then we learned from Twitter that the “other” balloons were taking off from the Gatineau airport, and we were able to see them far off in the distance. Since the balloons at the event just looked like they were going to stay tethered, we jumped back in the car and headed out to chase down the wild hot air balloons, which we did finally find, and we did enjoy watching go up and land.

It was a fun day, and all for the price of some gas and coffee (we got some Starbucks on the way home!)