About Us

We are a family owned and operated business with an experienced, passionate Pilot and dedicated crew.

The Okanagan Valley is world renown for it’s beauty. The lakes and vineyards of Kelowna to the country farms of Armstrong, the views will amaze even the most experienced travelers. Flights run year round, come experience any of the season in all of their glory. We would be honored to be a part of your next adventure.

Okanagan Ballooning is a family owned and operated business that has been flying out of the Okanagan Valley for nearly 20 years. We currently operates a six passenger, Cameron O-120 type balloon named Aurora. The balloon was named by Pilot John Klempner’s daughters as a part of a scheme to name the beautiful, colorful balloon after a Disney Princess. They got away with it by insisting she was being named after the northern lights.

Your Pilot, John Klempner, has been involved with ballooning since 1994 and acquired his Transport Canada Pilot’s License in 1997.  He has flown over 1500 flights.

Okanagan Ballooning is a family owned and operated business that has been flying out of the Okanagan Valley for nearly 20 years. We currently operates a six passenger, Cameron O-120 type balloon named Aurora. The balloon was named by Pilot John Klempner’s daughters as a part of a scheme to name the beautiful, colorful balloon after a Disney Princess. They got away with it by insisting she was being named after the northern lights.

Your Pilot, John Klempner, has been involved with ballooning since 1994 and acquired his Transport Canada Pilot’s License in 1997.  He has flown over 1500 flights.

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Our Standard Flights are approximately one hour depending on wind speeds and landing zones. Each flight includes a VQA Sparkling Wine celebration and flight certificate. Pilot carries binoculars and walkie talkie to talk to the crew members or non flying companions. Non-Flying Companions are $10 per person.

At Okanagan Ballooning, safety is our number one concern. We reserve the right to cancel a flight due to adverse weather conditions or other safety reasons. We will reschedule or refund flights where necessary.

$300

/person

Standard Flight: Weekdays

$325

/person

Standard Flight: Weekends

$975

Private Flight for Two

Prices shown do not include GST

Note – a $50 deposit per person is required. This deposit is non-refundable unless the flight is cancelled and can not be rescheduled, due to poor weather conditions.

Common Questions

Take a look at the answers to some of your most common questions about what we do

Where do we fly?

Our company is based in Kelowna but we can fly in Vernon for an extra fee of $75.

Where do we land?

Your pilot will choose a landing site that is large enough to deflate and pack up the balloon. Most landowners are thrilled to see a beautiful balloon land on their property.

How long is the ride?

The flights are 45 minues to 2 hours depending on the wind and weather.

How many people fit in the basket?

We have two balloons. Our big basket will comfortably hold up to six passengers, plus the pilot. The smaller balloon will carry two passengers and the pilot.

When do we fly?

We fly mainly in the morning shortly after sunrise; this is when the winds are the calmest. We rarely book flights in the afternoon as the cancellation rate is much higher.

What if we get bad weather?

All flights are made wind and weather permitting. When the pilot calls the day before your flight, we will have the forecast for launch time. In the event of poor weather, we will reschedule with you for another day.

Is it cold or windy in the balloon?

No. The temperatures aloft are about the same as they are on the ground, minus the wind chill. Dress should be appropriate for the season. Please wear long pants and close toed shoes.

Can I bring a camera?

Of course! A camera or a camcorder is a must for a balloon ride. We ask that you listen to the pilot’s instructions for stowing your equipment for landing.

Do I need a reservation?

Yes. We ask for at least two weeks in advance but try to accommodate last minute bookings. The weekends book up fastest. If planning for a holiday in the Okanagan, try to book a few months in advance, if possible

What People are Saying

“The PERFECT engagement
Last week my boyfriend (oh wait, fiancé!) surprised me with a hot air balloon ride, at which time he proposed to me! The Okanagan Ballooning staff was organized, kind, and incredibly competent. Our ride was more beautiful and enjoyable than I could have ever imagined. I would recommend them/it to anyone! ”

kelsmclTrip Advisor Review

“We came to Kelowna to relax and drink some wine (which is excellent by the way) but booked a balloon flight as a treat to ourselves. The Ballooning turned out to be the highlight of our trip. We had wonderful weather, spectacular views and a friendly and very competent crew. Perfect ride from start to finish. I would recommend this to everyone. The next trip to Kelowna will be for a balloon ride with some wine drinking as a treat. This really is a must do.”

travel2016877Trip Advisor Review

“Honeymoon flight
Last week we traveled to Kelowna specifically for a hot air balloon flight as part of our honeymoon trip. John and Joy are so professional and organized. We immediately felt completely comfortable and relaxed with them. They made this experience so perfect. We enjoyed a beautiful flight over the valley, sharing the flight with another couple who (during the flight) got engaged! We couldn't have asked for a better morning. I cannot recommend this company enough.”

sjturk11Trip Advisor Review

“AMAZING Experience
My best friend surprised me with a hot air balloon ride with Okanagan Ballooning and I cannot explain how much it meant to me. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience (but now my view is MUST complete at least once in your lifetime) because I would go back up in a heartbeat with this crew. John was a great pilot and his team on the ground were even more amazing, following along to take photos and ensuring we landed safely. The closing ceremony picnic in the park with champagne and desserts was a sweet treat as well!! Would highly highly recommend Okanagan Ballooning!!”

KristentofteTrip Advisor Review

“Wow! What an incredible day! Absolutely so grateful for this amazing experience.. And honestly John, Joy, Courtney and Monica made this experience so incredible! They felt like a family to us and we wouldn't have wanted it any other way! Amazing ride and amazing people THANK YOU for making my SPECIAL DAY, even more SPECIAL!! Xo”

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Contact Us.

We’re glad to answer any questions you may have concerning Hot Air Ballooning, The Okanagan or general inquiries about how you can join our crew.

John Klempner

Kelowna, British Columbia
250.712.0342
info@okballooning.com