Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival

Where Fun Takes Flight

September 22-26, 2021



The Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival has grown into a highly anticipated fall event for High River and communities extending between Calgary and Southern Alberta.

While every year holds quirks and challenges to be addressed, 2020 presented us with a new suite of circumstances to consider. As we continue to plan for the 2021 Balloon Festival, we do so knowing there may be uncertain times ahead on the road back to hosting our full Festival offerings.

Know that the safety of our pilots, vendors, volunteers, and visitors is a top priority. Throughout the year we continually monitor the ongoing developments of COVID-19 including the recommendations and health orders made by Alberta Health Services to use as our guidelines. This becomes increasingly relevant as the time draws nearer to launch.

Given the unprecedented times and how quickly events can change, we will continue to plan with cautious optimism and the five-day Festival of flights and competition will go ahead.

Continue supporting one another and look to the skies for balloons of inspiration. Be kind, be safe and stay healthy.



Passenger Rides

Photo by Shane Lockyer

Dates: A limited number of passenger rides will be available to purchase for Thursday - Sunday flights (September 23-26, 2021). They will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

Price: $275 per person

Purchase: Rides for flights during the Festival can be purchased here on the website in early September. 

Passenger details to note:

  • Tickets cannot be purchased for rides outside of the Festival dates and scheduled flights.
  • Rides are available as an individual or pair due to basket size.
  • Children must be 12 years of age and accompanied by an adult.
  • Passengers must be in good physical condition due to the possibility of a rough landing.
  • Passengers must be able to climb in and out of the basket, stand for the entire flight and walk out of a field if necessary.
  • Due to insurance restrictions, we cannot fly any passenger who has recently had:
    • Surgery
    • Injuries
    • Hip, Back, or Knee Problems
    • Health Concerns
    • Physical Limitations
    • Severe Auditory Restrictions
    • Is/Or May be Pregnant

More details will be posted at the end of August.

Your safety is our top priority.

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