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This blog section is a vestige of the old website which has now been reborn into Bard Balloons.

This old section has been retained because of some popular articles written in the past still need a place to live on the web.

Bard Balloons

Bard Balloons is a custom hot air balloon manufacturer specializing in the design and construction of experimental, lightweight balloons including special shape balloons based out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Owner Alain Bard has been designing, constructing, flying and maintaining hot air balloons of all sizes and shapes since 2009. Alain is also a certified Balloon Flight Instructor and Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, a Paramotor Pilot and Paraglider Pilot. Prior to that, Alain was a Certified Parachute Rigger and Instructor, a costume designer for local talent, a stilt-walker, and much more – some of these pages still exist on this blog section today.

Current focuses include: Hot Air Balloon Rides with Ottawa Hot Air; Special Shape hot air balloon design & construction and travelling the world with these special shapes.