Hot air balloon rides shatter the stork community’s monopoly on carrying humans in baskets. Democratize the skies with today’s Groupon to Skyward Balloons. Choose between the following options:
- For $165, you get a Fly Anytime hot air balloon excursion for one person (a $275 value).
- For $299, you get a Fly Anytime hot air balloon excursion for two people (a $550 value).<p>
Skyward Balloons’ commercial pilots—approved by Transport Canada—lead passengers age 8 and older coursing through the clouds in open-air, inflatable aircrafts. Aeronauts arrive at a chosen launch location, which can vary depending on the date and weather, to be briefed by the crew on safety measures and common cloud phrases before witnessing their multicoloured vessel blossom into a 10-storey balloon. Passengers then board the gondola and set off for the sky, the upward ascension revealing a widening landscape below as they soar to heights of up to 3,500 feet. During the roughly 60-minute flight, jaws drop as buildings shrink and lush treetops appear small enough to use for cleaning one’s ears. Sightseers revel in aerial views of yawning pastures as they float along, waving to earthbound onlookers and comparing lakes and ponds to unassuming puddles.
After touching down on the ground, passengers and pilots raise a celebratory champagne toast to mark their aerial passage. Flight certificates are then signed, dated, and granted to customers to signify an adventurous excursion or their overcoming a fear of party 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.
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