From hot air bal­loons to Elvis...there is a fes­ti­val for ev­ery­one

Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine - - Contents - By BRyEN DUNN – TORONTO, ON


In 1988, to the amaze­ment of 25,000 spec­ta­tors near Gatineau, Que­bec, 47 bal­loons took to the sky just across the river from Ot­tawa. The fol­low­ing year Ce­line Dion per­formed. To­day Gatineau hosts the fifth largest hot air bal­loon fes­ti­val in the world, at­tract­ing some 200,000 peo­ple over five days.

The il­lu­mi­nated “Night Glow” event is set to mu­sic and is not to be missed. There’s also arts and crafts, an amuse­ment park, three stages of en­ter­tain­ment, fire­works, and hot air bal­loon rides. Overnight camp­ing is avail­able on­site. Up, Up, and Away! Au­gust 30 - Septem­ber 3, 2018 mont­golfieres­


This event is rad­i­cal about self-ex­pres­sion, sus­tain­abil­ity, and in­clu­sion. For four days, you’ll live out­doors, ba­si­cally off the grid in a tent with no run­ning wa­ter or elec­tric­ity, along­side a thou­sand like-minded in­di­vid­u­als. To­gether you’ll get art-fo­cused, cre­ative, and in­ter­ac­tive all around the theme, “Fighter Jets vs. Laser Sharks”. This is a fam­ily-friendly pri­vate event, and you’ll need an ad­vance ticket pur­chase.

If you’re in­ter­ested, read the on­line Sur­vival Guide to see if this is your thing.

Peace and love. June 21 - 25, 2018 freezer­


What be­gan in 1995 with 35 trib­ute artists and 1,500 at­ten­dees, now at­tracts up­wards of 15,000 peo­ple. Cheer on hun­dreds of Elvis’ of all per­sua­sions, in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional par­tic­i­pants. The theme this year is “Elvis United.” It is also the 50th an­niver­sary of the “68 Come­back Spe­cial.” There’s free en­ter­tain­ment on the main out­door stage all week­end, as well as many tick­eted in­door events. New this year is the “Dis­cover Your In­ner Elvis” pro­gram which en­cour­ages fans to ex­pe­ri­ence their “Elvis Mo­ment” by singing a song. July 27 - 29, 2018 colling­wood­elv­is­fes­ti­

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