Mississauga Hot Air Balloons F.A.Q.
Frequently Asked Questions About Ontario Hot Air Balloon Rides.
How long is the flight?
The flight lasts approximately 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the wind speed and direction. A chase vehicle will follow you on the ground to meet you for pick up when you land. Plan on being with your Mississauga Hot Air Balloons pilot for about 3-4 hours from start to finish.
How high do you go?
Your altitude will vary during your flight above the Mississauga area, but most flights take place between 1,000 and 3,000 feet enabling amazing views of suprising distance. The balloon may go higher if the day’s winds allow your pilot to do so. Winds permitting, some flights will also occur at lower altitudes (treetop level) that provide a nice close up of Ontario.
How far do you travel?
Because your balloon flight relies 100% on the wind, no two flights are the same, but most flights travel approximately 2-5 miles.
How many people go into the basket?
This depends on the size of the balloon and it's basket. Most of Mississauga Hot Air Balloons pilots have balloons over varying sizes, the largest capable of taking 16 persons plus the pilot. Our pilots are usually flying their larger balloons on the weekends. 12 person, 10 person, 8 person and 4 person balloons are available in many areas as well. Mississauga Hot Air Balloons has ballooning experts standing by that will get you the best size hot air balloon to comfortably lift the number of people in your party.
What should we wear?
Mississauga Hot Air Balloons suggests that you wear casual clothing and comfortable shoes appropriate for an outdoor adventure in Ontario. Dress for the season and layer your clothing so that you can adjust for the warming temperatures for morning flights and cooling at dusk. The coolest you will be is on the ground. Once in flight, the burners tend to keep the basket nice and warm during the winter months. In the winter, appropriate clothing includes hats, gloves, boots and sunglasses. Summer attire includes long pants, sturdy shoes, sunscreen and sunglasses. No shorts, open-toed shoes or sandals please.
What should we bring?
Don't forget to bring your camera! Video cameras are also permitted. You won't want to miss the chance to take plenty of photos and footage of the beautiful Ontario landscape.
Is it quiet in the balloon?
When the burner is off, it is extremely quiet. The quiet is one of the most enjoyable aspects of a Mississauga Hot Air Balloon Ride.
Does the basket sway and move around when flying?
The baskets do not sway since it moves with the wind. You will be suprised at how sturdy and steady the gondola can be while in flight.
How do you get the balloon inflated?
A fan is used to blow cool air into the balloon. Later the burners are used to heat the air as the balloon lies on the ground. Gradually the balloon will rise to an upright position. Here at Mississauga Hot Air Balloons, we think the inflation period before your flight is one of the most impressive parts of your ballooning experience.
How do you steer a balloon?
The only way to steer a balloon is by finding different wind directions at different altitudes. Our pilots are specifically trained for mountain and forest flying and are extremely skilled at navigating the balloon in any climate or environment in Ontario.
What about children?
Around the age of 6 years, children are tall enough to see over the side of the basket and have the attention span to enjoy an hour or more flight in an open basket. Sometimes young children are sensitive to the sound of the burners, but most quickly become interested in how the balloon works. They enjoy looking for wildlife in the woodlands and fields below and generally enjoy the inflation and pack up almost as much as the flight itself. Very small children and infants should wait until they are old enough to appreciate the ballooning experience.
What about special requests?
Since we are committed to offering personalized ballooning adventures, Mississauga Hot Air Balloons is available to assist you with special requests to make your adventures with us even more special. We regularly accommodate in-flight weddings and marriage proposals, for example. Gift certificates for special occasions are also available.
How much does a hot air balloon ride in Mississauga cost?
With many different packages available, Mississauga Hot Air Balloons has a wide range of possibilities for your ride or charter. For accurate pricing for a pilot with the balloon size best for you and at a convenient launch location near Mississauga, call on of our Hot Air Balloon Ride Experts today!