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Above St. Boniface

Above St. Boniface

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Winnipeg from the Sky

Winnipeg from the Sky
Back in July of 2008, my wife (we weren’t yet married at the time) gave me a dream birthday present: Tickets for a Sundance Hot Air Balloon ride over Winnipeg. Always happy to be able to see and photograph Winnipeg from new perspectives, I was thrilled with this spectacular gift.

We booked a spot on the next available flight, which was a few weeks later. We were warned that it’s not uncommon to have a few scheduled flights cancelled due to poor weather conditions—the conditions have to be perfect in order to ensure passenger safety—and sure enough, our first booking was cancelled.

So were our next 26. But after three years of scheduling, and 27 cancelled booking, we finally got off the ground. And I must say, the ride was spectacular. Lifting off from Whittier Park in St. Boniface, the wind took us on a southbound trajectory over the city and past the Perimeter, where we eventually landed in a farmer’s field.

Although the repeated cancellations (including three instances in which we were told to show up at the lift-off spot, only to have the flights cancelled at the last minute) were extremely discouraging, they were quickly forgotten once I experienced the thrill of floating through the air, and was able to see the city from incredible new vantage points. I’d recommend a balloon ride to just about anyone, as long as you’re prepared to wait a few years.

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Above St. Boniface

Above St. Boniface

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Traffic Circle

Traffic Circle

One thing that really jumped out at me was the seemingly endless suburban sprawl in the southeastern quadrant of the city. When did all of these neighbourhoods pop up? These neighbourhoods make Waverley West look positively burban. Nice traffic circle, though!
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Where the Rivers Meet

Where the Rivers Meet

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Moses The Sky Pilot

Moses The Sky Pilot

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Nondescript Apartment Blocks

Nondescript Apartment Blocks

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Winnipeg From The Sky

Winnipeg From The Sky

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Moses The Sky Pilot

Moses The Sky Pilot

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Winnipeg From The Sky

Winnipeg From The Sky

The weather couldn’t have been nicer for our sunset flight over the city. I was faced with a bit of a photographic challenge though, as all of the best views of the city placed the skyline directly in front of the setting sun. As a result, I’m pretty sure I screwed up my rods and cones a bit on this flight.
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Esplanade Riel From The Sky

Esplanade Riel From The Sky

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Esplanade Riel From The Sky

Esplanade Riel From The Sky

The bridge looks pretty darned sexy from the sky.
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Winnipeg From The Sky

Winnipeg From The Sky

The skyline emerges from behind the Red River tree-line along Tache Avenue.
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Sundance Balloon Ride Lift-off

Sundance Balloon Ride Lift-off

Although it seems self-evident now, these things are scalding hot. I seriously thought I might get third degree burns from the searing heat.
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Sundance Balloon Ride Preparations

Sundance Balloon Ride Preparations

Whittier Park. Preparations before lift-off.
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