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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