To visit Winter Park/Fraser Valley
without taking a hot air balloon flight is to miss one
of the loveliest and most memorable experiences the
valley has to offer. Flights begin at sunrise, as the
sun is coming over the Continental Divide. You'll be
sipping coffee and juice while joining in on the fun.
The inflation of the balloon is an exciting moment.
Anticipation levels start to rise, as a dream begins to
take shape. Professional crew is on hand at all times,
but you are more than welcome to participate. Once the
balloon is standing eight stories high, you will board
this gentle giant, only to find quite an adventure to
As you lift off the valley floor, you may notice the
sensation of the ground gently falling away from you.
Low to the ground, everything is real as the balloon
drifts across the land at the speed of the wind. You'll
be soaring peacefully over some of the most beautiful
countryside in the world.
When the balloon gains altitude, the world and time seem
to come to a stop. At the highest flight level, snow
covered mountain ranges can be seen for up to 100 miles.
What better place to fly than beside the Continental
Divide, which makes a balloon flight even more
spectacular. As you descend back toward earth, you may
fly over the treetops, getting close enough to pick
pinecones. Floating just over the valley floor, you may
follow the flow of the Fraser River and have the
opportunity to do a splash and dash, which is somewhat
like walking on water. With the valley having an
abundance of wildlife, you may be fortunate enough to
see them in their natural habitat.
Regardless of the flight path into which the wind may
guide you, with the help of your skillful pilot,each
offers a unique journey of its own. Upon returning to
earth as light as a feather, your adventure will be
toasted with a traditional champange toast, a tradition
over 200 years old; you will be served a continental
breakfast, and awarded an aeronaut flight certificate.
This adventure will be a memory you'll want to relive,
so don't forget to bring twice as much film as you
expect to use (and then put an extra roll in your
pocket). The world's first form of aviation is a thrill
to both young and old, so come fly away with us and be
carried off on a Grand Adventure.