Hot Air Balloon Adventure on a Weekday Morning, Weekday Evening, or Fly Anytime from Skyward Balloons

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In a Nutshell

  • Experienced pilots
  • One-hour balloon flight
  • Fly at heights of 3,500 ft.
  • Champagne toast & certificate

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Aug 4, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per person per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Must be 8 or older. Must sign waiver. Subject to weather and availability. 240lb weight max per passenger. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Hot air balloons provide a more leisurely way for riders to achieve aerial views than filling their clothes with helium or commandeering a passing condor. Enjoy expansive views while travelling at the breeze's pace with today's Groupon to Skyward Balloons, with launch sites in Kitchener/Waterloo, London, Woodstock, Cambridge, Brantford, Stratford, and Orangeville. Choose from the following options:

  • For $135, you get a weekday-morning flight (a $225 value). Groups meet at the launch site about a half hour before sunrise.
  • For $150, you get a weekday-evening flight (a $250 value). Groups meet at the launch site about 2.5 hours before sunset.
  • For $165, you get a regular fly anytime flight, including weekends and holidays (a $275 value).

Skyward Balloon's Transport Canada–certified pilots escort passengers in one-hour hot air balloon flights. Participants arrive at their pre-determined launch site to meet the pilot and flight crew, who brief sky explorers on balloon safety and the flying experience before igniting burners. Before each flight, crews inflate the colourful vessels to their 10-storey height, after which passengers board their hanging gondolas, and pilots adhere their wind-catching moustaches. Balloons soar at heights ranging from 500 to 3,500 feet above the surrounding cities and gently drift over the countryside's forests, ponds, and lakes, though captains may dip down to tickle treetops, skim meadows, and high-five nested eagles. When it comes time for landing, pilots re-educate their charges on the proper landing procedure.

Once on the ground, pilots, staff, and adventurers join together for a champagne toast and gifting of personalized, signed flight certificates, each of which is dated to commemorate the cloud-harvesting excursion. Balloons may only fly in precipitation-free weather with good visibility and no more than light gusts of wind. Guests should allow three hours total for their adventure, including preflight preparations and postflight festivities.

Skyward Balloons

Through the 80s and early 90s Graham Rawlinson accumulated more than a decade of experience piloting jets, hot air balloons, and ultra lights. Knowing how moving soaring through the sky can be, he opened Skyward Balloons in 1993 to share the experience with others. Today, Graham leads a team of Transport Canada–approved commercial pilots that ferry guests into the sky in kaleidoscopically coloured balloons. Leisurely sky-floats take guests 500–3,500 feet in the air, cruising over cities and the countryside for scenic champagne tours. Sightseers revel in aerial views of yawning pastures as they soar along, waving to earthbound onlookers and comparing lakes and ponds to unassuming puddles as lush treetops appear small enough to use for cleaning one's ears. The crew can accommodate corporate and group outings and are also certified to train student pilots. Their fleet of 10-storey-tall balloons can even help companies and public communication programs get the word out through airborne advertising.

Customer Reviews

Great service, Thx to Susie! Totally cool Pilot, Jerome ... thx for a great experience! Looking forward to the next time!!
Margaret M. · June 28, 2013
amazing experience worth the 1 1/2 we waited because of weather cancellations:) very happy will recommend to family and friends
Williams L. · October 22, 2012
The flight was great but it was a little frustrating waiting for the crew to set up the balloon. I would suggest allowing clients to arrive at the flight sight closer to the actual departure time.
Rebecca B. · September 19, 2012
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Your comment is noted; however you are required to have some safety instruction from the Pilot prior to commencement of the flight. This must take place before he begins the inflation (as he is busy with the flames after then). Additionally, once the balloon is inflated passenger weight is reguired inside the basket to keep it on the ground in preparation for your ride. You wouldn't want to risk seeing it take off with out you. I hope this goes some way to explaining. Email me at admin@skywardballoons.com if you wish to have a more detailed answer, we are always happy to answer questions and explain in more detail. Susie.
Merchant replied · November 23, 2012

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