14 shots from first few days of St. Jean's international hot air balloon festival (PHOTOS)

Aug 14 2019, 6:29 am

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman! It’s dozens of hot air balloons!

The International Balloon Festival of Saint Jean-sur-Richelieu, the largest gathering of balloons in Canada, floated towards the off-island suburb last week and will hang around until Sunday.

In what started off as a balloon festival, has grown to host food vendors, bar outlets, live bands, theatre performances, activities, and has garnered a reputation on an international scale.

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The festival’s daily balloon shows include a variety of both nightly launches and early morning shows, some fleets going as early as 6 am as the sun begins to rise.

If a sky full of balloons isn’t enough for you, the fest also includes an obstacle course, a petting zoo, amusement park rides, a skate park, and virtual reality games.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the hot air balloon festival for yourself, we’ve put together some pics and a video to give you something to consider this weekend.

And yes, the balloons are rideable.

 

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