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Review of Sundance Balloons

Sundance Balloons
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Regina is home to a dedicated area of parks and green spaces — a popular destination being Victoria Park, which is in the central business district. Regina is a fun travel destination to try something new! Come take a hot air balloon ride in Regina, SK. During our balloon flight season, from the beginning of May to the end of September, you can capture a bird’s-eye view of Saskatchewan’s capital city.
Reviewed 22 January 2012

As the previous reviewer mentioned, this activity is weather-related. We booked for May, but had to wait until August before the weather cooperated enough for us to go. The wind speed has to be under 10 knots (18 km/hr) and anyone who has spent any time in Regina knows that wind is a constant companion here. So, it isn't something to plan for a quick visit here. Still, if you are content to wait for the right weather, it is a great experience! I thought I would be afraid of the height, but it isn't scary at all. It doesn't feel like you are going up, rather that the ground is moving away from you. There is no sensation of movement at all. You are traveling at the same speed as the wind, so it doesn't even ruffle your hair! It was quite interesting to see how the basket is laid down on the grass and the balloon played out from the van before filling it with air. Once it is partly full, the huge propane burners are turned on to heat the air, and it very quickly pops up vertically. Then, eight people plus the pilot climb into the basket and off you go. I have lived in Regina for over 30 years now, and flown in and out many times, but this gave me a whole new perspective on my home. I didn't realize we had so many trees; the city is quite pretty from above. And the new areas look like monopoly sets. All in all, it was a unique and enjoyable experience.

9  Thank dawn_one_north
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Reviewed 17 September 2011

This was a great experience! The process starts with the purchase of either an AM or PM flight. After the purchase you now must book the flight. One must realize that it is a weather related trip and so if the wind howls for a week, well, you won't be flying.

The night before our flight we confirmed through a phone number whether or not we would fly. We were on standby and luckily, the wind abated and we met at the Victoria Square Mall at 6am. One thing I did not realize was how the wind can change at various elevations. The Pilot (Eduardo) released a balloon and we all watch it blow in a NW direction. Suddenly, it changed direction and began heading ENE. With that info we were off to the airport for an ENE trip over the city of Regina.

It was interesting to watch Eduardo and David unpack the gondola, followed by the large balloon. Within 15 minutes the hot air balloon was ready for departure. After a series of safety instructions and approval from air traffic control, Eduardo skilfully guided the Balloon over the airport and then once the proper elevation was attained, we headed in a north easterly direction.
The trip was awesome, the trip was silent, and it really was like walking with the wind!
Eduardo has done nearly 100 trips over Regina and knows all the land marks and great landing places. Dave follows in the Van/trailer and seems to know just where we will land although Eduardo is in constant contact with him. We went from 500 feet in the air in a north- east direction to just over 50 feet in a north- west direction. It was interesting how he was able to cause a change of direction.
The landing was fun. We had the choice of a level 2 or level 3 landing. As we were all adventurous, we choose the more exciting level three and laughed our heads off and we gently tipped on our sides.
It was a great experience for all ages; some of our group were in their 70’s as well as a young couple. After packing up the balloon, we all stood in the field and celebrated a two hundred year tradition by sipping on a glass of champagne! Eduardo and Dave, see you next year. That was just SOOOOO much fun!

15  Thank Gary D
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