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About Us

Ontario Hot Air Balloon Rides Ltd. is a family run business. We pride ourselves on small group flights and romantic adventures for couples. We do our best to make the flight experience a memorable one, offering personalized gift vouchers and considering all ‘out of the ordinary’ requests.

We launched our balloon company in 2013, after Simon, our chief pilot, met his wife, Carolyn, on a hot air balloon ride in 2011 while flying for another company. After flying for more than 20 years for various companies in Canada and around the world, Simon decided it was time to start his own balloon adventure, and he and Carolyn took their maiden voyage in their very own balloon in May, 2013. It has been two balloon seasons since we launched, and we have enjoyed every moment of our venture, from meeting wonderful new people, to being part of memorable moments such as engagements and anniversaries, and to making wonderful new friends.

Your adventure awaits, and we look forward to meeting you, and flying with you!!!

About Our Pilots

Simon, our chief pilot, went for his first hot air balloon flight when he was a child in England in 1986. Simons father taught him to fly and Simon has since logged over 2,000 hours of balloon flight time. Simon has flown in more than 14 different countries and extensively throughout Canada, the USA and Europe including the Swiss Alps.

All of our pilots are very experienced and skilled. They are certified by an aviation authority and hold a Transport Canada Hot Air Balloon Pilot license, requiring up-to date training and medical exams.

Give a gift they will never forget.

"This was truly an amazing and fulfilling experience that both my husband and I will truly cherish. We received our flight as a 25th anniversary gift from our children. Our pilot was superb and we couldn't have asked for a better experience. The views were amazing and we could see from Kitchener/ Waterloo to Toronto and even 3 of the Great Lakes. The balloon ride was warm, comfortable and we are both very happy to recommend this experience to anyone else who is considering something special."

-Louise Simpson, July 2014

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