Check ballooning off your bucket list with an exclusive hot air balloon flight over the Annapolis Valley

COME FLY WITH US!

Annapolis Valley Ballooning brings over twenty years of balloon flight experience to the beautiful Annapolis Valley. Located just over one hour from Halifax and the South Shore, the Annapolis Valley – Nova Scotia’s premier vineyard region – offers the perfect backdrop for the hot air balloon flight of a lifetime.

Our exclusive Annapolis Valley balloon flights happen at sunrise and take in views of the Bay of Fundy and the picturesque wine region. Balloon flights last approximately one hour and are followed by a champagne celebration featuring the region’s own best champagne and sparkling wines.

Annapolis Valley Ballooning offers exclusive private flights, allowing you to share your ride with just family and friends. By taking groups of no more than four passengers, we can ensure that your flight with Annapolis Valley Ballooning is an intimate and exclusive one.

We cater for individuals, couples, small groups or VIP corporate flights. For special occasions, our open dated Annapolis Valley Ballooning Gift Cards make the ideal gift. Our dedicated team of professionals will help deliver the perfect hot air ballooning experience!

 

About the annapolis valley ballooning team

J.P. Lemaire found ballooning in 1998 when he joined Skyview Ballooning in Ottawa as ground crew. It was then he discovered his passion for ballooning and he began trading his crew wage for time in the air and gained his commercial pilot’s license in 1999. J.P. quickly turned his love of balloons into a career and has since earned over two thousand hours as pilot-in-command in different cities across Canada and the U.S. Most recently, J.P. spent twelve years flying a sixteen-passenger balloon over the amazing wildlife of the Masai Mara, Kenya.

A father of three sons, J.P. returned to Canada from Kenya in October 2016 to enable his boys to experience growing up in idyllic Nova Scotia. He opened Annapolis Valley Ballooning with his wife, Terilyn, as is excited to bring his experience and his love of ballooning to the Annapolis Valley.

Terilyn was introduced to ballooning (and J.P.!) in 2003 when she took a job as a hostess with Skyview Ballooning. Since then she’s logged over 300 hours in J.P.’s basket and has learned the ins and outs of the ballooning business in several different countries. Terilyn spends her days with her sons and with her camera as a wedding photographer. She manages Annapolis Valley Ballooning’s bookings and works to keep things running smoothly behind the scenes and on the ground.

Flight pricing

Annapolis Valley Ballooning offers daily sunrise hot air balloon flights for up to four passengers over the beautiful Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia.


Flight for two

$900

Flight for three

$1050

Flight for four

$1200

Please note that our pricing is in Canadian dollars and is exclusive of a 6% booking fee. Children are welcome on all our flights but must be over the age of five. We are limited to carrying no more than a combined passenger total of 800lbs or 363kgs.

BOOK YOUR FLIGHT!

To purchase, simply choose your preferred available flight date and follow the steps of our easy-to-use booking system. Enter your information and that of the other passengers as well as any promo or voucher codes you may have. Confirm your flight by paying a deposit of $75 per passenger online with credit or debit using our secure online payment method. The remaining balance isn’t due until you fly! Once your deposit payment is processed, you’ll receive an email with your booking confirmation, booking ID as well as details pertaining to your upcoming flight.

We’ll get in touch close to your flight date to confirm that the weather is flyable. If your flight is cancelled for any reason, you can reschedule your flight for your next available preferred date. If rescheduling isn’t an option, we will refund your deposit in full.

If you have any questions or are having problems using our online system, call us at 902-531-2291 or email us at fly@annapolisvalleyballooning.com and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have and book you in.

Things to note:

  • Weather

    Ballooning is a weather dependent sport and we will only fly when the conditions are safe. We require light winds, good visibility, no rain and no storms in the area. If the weather is not safe, the pilot will cancel the flight and you simply reschedule for another date that suits you or choose to have your deposit refunded.

  • Safety

    Our Transport Canada licensed pilot is talented and experienced, with over 2000 hours as pilot-in-command. Our flight crew is up-to-date with the latest training and equipment, and our company has a spotless safety record.

  • Passenger dress code

    Please wear casual, comfortable clothing. Solid, flat footwear is essential (no high heels or sandals please). It’s no colder in the air than on the ground but you will be outdoors for up to three hours, so dress for the temperature of the day. Please carry a hat to help deflect heat from the burners.


YOUR FLIGHT WITH ANNAPOLIS VALLEY BALLOONING


THE DAY BEFORE

The day before your flight, one of our staff will phone to confirm the weather, meeting time and the location. You will receive a call at 9:15pm the evening before your flight as the aviation weather forecast is updated at 9pm. Hot air balloon flights are weather dependent and we can only fly when the weather and conditions are safe. If the weather is not conducive to flying, you can reschedule your flight for another available day or have your booking deposit refunded.

Arrival

Your pilot and crew will be on hand to welcome you when you arrive at the designated meeting point. Take the opportunity to enjoy a tea or coffee while the pilot prepares for the flight ahead. See how the pilot checks the local wind conditions in readiness for your flight and listen while he gives you a short flight briefing.

Launch site

Your Annapolis Valley Ballooning adventure begins with a short drive to your launch site. This launch site is determined by your pilot and depends on the wind speed and direction. We have over a dozen launch sites to choose from in the Annapolis Valley area. This is a great opportunity to get to know your flight team and ask them any questions you may have.

Before take-off

It only takes around twenty minutes for your balloon to be inflated and standing upright, ready for boarding. You are welcome to help with the setup of the balloon or simply stand back and take photos as your aircraft takes shape and comes to life.

The flight

As the sun rises or sets you will rise into the sky in your colourful hot air balloon. Your balloon will float gently along with the breeze. In your basket, you will feel completely secure with virtually no sensation of movement. During your flight you may find yourself drifting just above the treetops then, moments later, effortlessly ascending to heights of 2000 feet or more. Make sure you have your camera ready to capture views of the Annapolis Valley from a perspective like no other!


Frequently Asked Questions


Where do we fly?

We fly over the beautiful Annapolis Valley, renowned for its vineyards and wineries. We will take in views of Cape Split and the Minas Basin as we ascend.

Where do we meet?

We meet at the Irving Oil Big Stop in New Minas. The address is 5477 Prospect Rd. It is exit 12 off the 101 highway.

What time do we fly?

Hot air balloons fly when winds are at their most stable, usually shortly after sunrise or a few hours before sunset. This is because the heating and cooling of the earth during the day creates thermal winds, which make conditions unsuitable. We meet thirty minutes before official sunrise and two hours before official sunset. Your pilot will notify you of the exact meeting time when he calls the day before to confirm your flight status and the day's weather.

How long is the flight?

When the winds are light, we fly for one hour. Unfortunately when the winds are breezier, the topography of the valley limits us to approximately forty-five minutes.

How high will we go?

Flights range from tree-top level up to five thousand feet.

What should we wear?

Please wear casual, comfortable clothing. Solid, flat footwear is essential (no high heels or sandals please). It’s no colder in the air than on the ground but you will be outdoors for up to three hours, so dress for the temperature of the day. Please carry a hat to help deflect heat from the burners.

What is ideal ballooning weather?

Hot air balloon flights take place in winds less than ten knots, with no rain or approaching storms in the immediate area. Flights also require visibility of at least four kilometres.

Will it be cold in the air?

The temperature in the air will be nearly the same temperature as on the ground. We do not go high enough to feel any significant change in temperature.

Is hot air ballooning safe?

Canadian hot air balloons are registered aircraft and are regulated by Transport Canada under the Canadian Aviation Regulations. It is one of the safest forms of aviation and serious accidents are extremely rare. Please see Transport Canada's 'Hot Air Balloons - A Passenger's Guide' for more info.


Contact Us


Still have questions? We want to hear from you!

  • Call us at 902-531-2291
  • Email us at fly@annapolisvalleyballooning.com

On the morning of your flight, you can find us at 5477 Prospect Rd, New Minas, Nova Scotia, B4N 3K9