|Quebec Hot Air Balloon Festival|
The International Balloon Festival of St. Jean sur Richelieu features music, rides, attractions and a lot of hot air balloon, over 100 colorful hot air balloons, including a dozen special shape Hot air balloons. The special shape balloons include a court jester, an airplane, a dragon, a panda, a bumble bee, Old MacDonald's farmhouse, and Wally the flying clownfish.
You can watch a hot air balloon ride every morning at 6 a.m. or every evening at 6 p.m. during the festival. The atmospheric conditions must be just right, for the air balloon to depart. That means a sunrise or sunset departure, cool temperatures, light winds and no nearby storm cells. The flat Montérégie farmland region, which is located less than 30 minutes southeast of Montreal, adds to the safe trip as well.