Once a year, the best flyers from all over the globe descend on Dover Park in Dieppe, New Brunswick to hoist their magnificent kites in the air.
The festival has been soaring since 2001 and every August, multi-coloured creations of all shapes and sizes grace the sky, leaving onlookers breathless with the beautiful and calming masterpieces.
Kite flying is now regarded as a highly respected activity, however, it's not immune to weather challenges.
“If there's any rain or a lot of rain, it'll stop the kites from flying,” explains Denis LeBlanc, Vice president and treasurer with Dieppe Kite International.
But rain isn't the only obstacle for focused kite flyers.
“If it's too strong of a wind, if it's too hard -- they can't fly, so it's got to be about 15-20 km/hr wind max.”
Last year, on the opening day, there wasn't a gust of wind -- making it difficult for flyers to get their lines off the ground.
To compensate for the fickle weather conditions and any potential cancellations, organizers run an indoor kite show. For audience members, this is often considered a more intimate performance.
Indoor kites are lighter and have a shorter string which enables the flyer to do more acrobatic-like tricks without wind restrictions.
“We create the same lift that occurs outside with the wind, by moving our bodies in a very consistent way, away from the kite so the kite will rise and do the acrobatic stuff that we want it to do,” said Glenn Davison, one of the indoor kite performers, of Massachusetts.
“The wind outside moves in one direction. Indoors we have a lot more control because we have no wind at all, so we're controlling what we want the kites to do.”
As for the outdoor professionals, some believe Dieppe's location makes it far more challenging to fly.
William Farber travelled from Sydney, Australia to the festival. He says the weather in Canada is generally wetter and the wind is 'lumpier' in comparison to Australia's wind.
“It's got more gusts and more high and lows. Which means it's a little more difficult to control your kites...”
To tolerate the wind, William built a more flexible model from scratch. The hand-crafted kite relaxes and expands to catch more of the available gusts.
The festival runs until August 14.
With files from Times and Transcript and Shelley Steeves