Every August the sky above a Canadian City plays host to about a hundred hot air balloons. The International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu is the largest festival of its kind in Canada.

For this feature report on the summer event, Paul Larson spoke with balloon pilot Martin Unsworth, whose career was inspired by his father.  Balloonist Denis Unworth had received the award for “Canadian Champion” from the Canadian Balloon Association three times, in 1995, 1997 and 2000.  Martin says ballooning has taken him all over the world.  He has flown balloons in North America, Europe, Africa and Australia.  Videographers Will Houle and Michael C. Hansen lend their talents to the story, supplemented with footage shot by Unsworth’s own cameras attached to his balloon.

You may find out more information about the yearly balloon festival at http://www.ballooncanada.com