Special Shape Hot Air Balloons

Bard Balloons produces bespoke, custom-made, lightweight hot air balloons – created from scratch in Ottawa, Canada.

We have been building lightweight balloons for more than a decade.

All of our balloons are made with our specially-designed lightweight fabric. This fabric is custom-designed by us, and is custom-manufactured, dyed and coated to our specifications.

Making balloons with our lightweight fabric has several advantages. The first is easy handling by less ground crew. Secondly, the semi-transluscent properties of the fabric make the balloons light up at night during “night glows” – more so than with traditional balloon fabric. Lastly, all of our balloon systems (basket, burner, fuel cylinders & balloon) each fit on one small shipping pallet for easy international transportation and travel to worldwide events. Shipping one of our balloons can cost less than 50% of a traditional special shape balloon made with traditional (heavy) balloon fabric.

New Projects

We are constantly working on new projects. We currently have 3 major projects still to announce, with one balloon completed yet unreleased (due to COVID), and another well into the build stage.

Stay tuned for more information!

We also have space and time available to design and/or build your custom project – so get in touch!

Our Completed BARD Balloons


BBTiger is the latest creation to come out of the Bard Balloons workshop in 2020. It was designed and built during the early part of the COVID-19 pandemic to pay homage to 2022, the Year of the Tiger. To complement other Bard Balloon Special Shapes, it is done in a “Hello Kitty” style.

Built over the summer and fall of 2020, BBTiger first flew just before the winter of 2021. So far it has attended one festival in India in 2021.

The best feature of this balloon has to be the color of the orange fabric: a day-glow fluorescent orange. It is possibly the brightest balloon we have ever seen in the sky, bar none!

As with all our Special Shape Hot Air Balloons, it is made of lightweight fabric. This balloon design features our specially-designed round top as well as an elongated profile, and super-smooth skin, with no obvious vertical lines. This balloon is a little smaller than our previous balloons with a volume of 68,000 cubic feet. Because of the lightweight fabric, the balloon envelope only weighs 57 kg! (125 lbs) and the entire system fits on one small skid for easy international transportation.

The balloon stands 71 feet tall. It only requires a small team of 3 crew, and can take one (1) large VIP on each flight.


LoveBear represents a Canadian Polar Bear. To complement other Bard Balloon special shapes, it is done in a “Hello Kitty” style. Built over the summer of 2019, it first flew in the fall of 2019 and has attended one international festival in Qatar in 2021.

A special feature on this balloon is the large pink heart on the parachute as well as a second one on the back side of the balloon, hence it’s name.

This balloon design also features a round top, an elongated profile, and super-smooth skin.

Made with special lightweight fabric (the fabric being custom-designed and manufactured just for us), LoveBear contains 1,300 yards (1,500 m) of fabric, weighs only 160 lbs (73 kg) and it has a total volume of 80,000 cubic feet (2,265 cu m). The entire system fits on one small pallet for easy international transportation. It only requires a small team of 4 crew, and can take two (2) VIPs on each flight. As with all our Special Shapes, the lightweight fabric makes it glow well during “night glows”.


Built over the winter and spring of 2019, MyDeerling first flew in the summer of 2019 and attended festivals in Malaysia, Thailand and the USA even though its 2020 World tour got cut very short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our lightweight fabric used in this balloon makes it much lighter than a regular special shape (103 kg envelope) and the pastel colors were custom-dyed specifically for this project.

This balloon design also features a round top, an elongated profile, and super-smooth skin.

MyDeerling contains more than 1,600 yards (1,463 m) of fabric and has a Volume of 80,000 cubic feet (2,265 cu m) plus about 10,000 cu feet of appendages, which are much larger and longer in size than most certified balloons with add-on appendages. The balloon stands 100 feet (30 m) tall and is 90 ft (27 m) wide.

It only requires a small team of 5 crew, and can take two (2) VIPs on each flight.

#Alien Rocket

The Alien Rocket was the first special shape balloon out of our workshop and it first flew in 2016. This has been a very successful shape balloon, flying in over 7 countries to date. Kids and adults, boys and girls – everyone loves the Alien Rocket. It somehow ignites childhood dreams whenever and wherever it flies.

The envelope only weighs 95 kg. It requires a small team of 4 local crew, and can take one (1) VIP on each flight. 

The volume, weight and size were all carefully calculated to makes it easy to handle, one that is almost guaranteed to come out of the bag, unlike some other shapes that are a little more involved.

It uses fluorescent lime green fabric, and the design features super-smooth outer skin.

The Alien Rocket contains 1,500 yards (1,380 m) of fabric, has a total Volume of 65,000 cubic feet and stands 93 feet (29 m) tall.

To follow its adventures worldwide, visit the Alien Rocket Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/alienrocket


The first balloon ever built by Bard Balloons – in 2009 – was “Lite-Bright”.

It has it’s own dedicated webpage. It also has a custom designed glass-floor basket, and with a volume of only 42,000 cubic feet, the envelope only weighs 75lbs (34 kg).

This balloon system including its custom-made basket has been sold.

Other Projects

We operate the largest fleet of special shape hot air balloons in the world!

We have helped design and/or build many other special shape balloon projects over the years, some of these appear below. All of the balloons above and below are available for bookings worldwide, and together they are the largest fleet of special shape hot air baloons in in the world, currently standing at 12 individual Special Shape Hot Air Balloons.

We also have several new projects currently in development.

Get in touch if you want something custom-created for you!