International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada

Each year, the Haut-Richelieu sky is invaded by nearly 125 hot air balloons during the International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. It is undoubtedly the largest gathering of balloons in Canada and offers an elaborate show during nine days not just hot air balloons but live music performances and family activities. This event is a reference in the world of Balloon with over 1.5 million square feet of activity areas and 450 000 visitors gathered around this theme. It is also a must summer event for fans of large concerts. The 35th edition of the festival will take place from 11th to 19th August 2017. This is an appointment not to be missed, just 20 minutes from Montreal.

Tips

Bring your chairs and everything necessary to make the picnic with friends or family, it is worthwhile to live this experience in full air, so beautiful in the visual than in auditor .

You can check the schedule on the festival site.

 

The International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
 11th to 19th August 2017
Municipal Airport
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (QC), Canada
J3B 7B5

The Lavender House, St-Eustache, Quebec, Canada

The Lavender House, culture and perfumery is located in St-Eustache, Quebec. It is a place where the owners cultivate lavender, where guests can visit the lavender fields in the summer when the plants are in bloom and there’s, of course, a shop where you can buy products made with lavender. There are also other activities offered in summer; for example music on Sundays, massage therapy on Saturdays, in addition you can have a picnic on site and of course walk among the plants or take a break sitting next to them to fill you with nature and beauty. The use of lavender has been known for millennia, the extraction of a quality oil from the flowers is done with the distillation by steam. This oil has multiple uses. Lavender is known for its antiseptic, antibacterial, disinfectant, calming, healing and antispasmodic; its use is also recommended to combat the anxiety, nervousness and insomnia. You can take it as a tea, in capsules or used as alcoholate to friction.

Tips

The house is open daily from 10:00 to 17:00. The agrotourism site is open from May to October. You can buy the ticket online and take it the day of your visit at the entrance. Children under 12 enter for free and adolescents 12 to 17 years pay half the price. From August, 6th to October, 8th  2018, the visit is free.
You can also order floral arrangements for special occasions.
There are shops of lavender house in several commercial centers.

902 Chemin Fresnière, Saint-Eustache, Qc, J7R 0G4

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue is a city located at the confluence of Lake of Two Mountains and Lake St-Louis, on the left bank of Sainte-Anne, at the western end of the agglomeration of Montreal, Quebec . We find a historical site of locks, MacDonald campus of McGill University where there is a forest reserve of 245 hectares, the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal and the commercial street of Sainte-Anne. There is also the Lyman Entomological Museum which contains a collection of insects and entomology research laboratory of McGill University and the Ecomuseum zoo (open all year) with nature trails and lots of vegetation. The city has a large market where you can find fresh products and you can meet producers and craftspeople.

Tips

The city is very nice especially in summer when many pleasure boats visit it. You will find many cafes, bistros, restaurants and you can make a beautiful walk on the lake shore.
There are many events throughout the year that you can view on the city website.
It is also possible to visit the Museum of Entomology with a reservation.