Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

September 03, 2010 10:59 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 3, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Member of Parliament (Pontiac), today announced funding for the 23rd edition of the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival.

Once again this year, Parc de la Baie in Gatineau will be the site of the spectacular liftoffs. The Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival, created in 1988, offers a diverse program of activities for the whole family. The festivities, which are taking place from September 3 to 6, 2010, include shows by music groups and choirs, dance performances, a magic show, street activities, and a craft exhibition. The event will feature 465 local artists and craftspeople and will benefit from the involvement of 1800 volunteers.

"In addition to letting us see these magnificent balloons, the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival showcases the cultural vitality of the region," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to be a part of this event, which brings members of the community closer together and gives us the chance to share the treasures of our heritage. This results in stronger and prouder communities."

"The Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival is a key event in the cultural scene of our region," said Minister Cannon. "Over the years, it has garnered an enviable position on Quebec's cultural calendar, where it serves as a showcase for up-and-coming talent. It contributes to the growth of our cultural industries, while stimulating our economy."

"For this 23rd edition, we will continue to let our local artists and artisans shine by featuring more than 400 talented individuals. Thank you to Canadian Heritage for believing and investing in this project and, in so doing, offering the community a major event that is accessible to all," said Brigitte Michaud, Executive Director of the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $117,300 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Newsroom.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Eric Amyot
    Director, Regional Communications
    Quebec Region
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations