The best Formula 1 drivers meet at the demanding Gilles-Villeneuve Circuit.
Apart from the fast-paced F1 action on the track, the hundreds of thousands of elite racing fans who take part in Montreal’s Grand Prix Weekend also engage in a more leisurely paced race to take in a head-spinning array of associated offerings guaranteed to fly a green flag over their good time…
There are so many reasons you can’t miss Montreal’s Grand Prix Weekend, centred around the annual Grand Prix du Canada (this year June 6-8) at Montreal’s storied Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve on the scenic Île Notre-Dame just south of downtown Montreal. Here are just a few to get your motor running…
For the nightlife-inclined, most – if not all – of Montreal’s major pubs and clubs have special Grand Prix events planned that tailor to celebrities, nightlife connoisseurs and the simply curious alike. The city’s hugely popular Crescent Street, a centrally located restaurant and nightclub hub, turns into a giant outdoor party, and the Casino de Montréal offers a one-stop entertainment shop a stone’s throw from the race.
Even if you aren’t a VIP, you can certainly eat like one in a city renowned globally for its gastronomy. For those who want to mingle with the jet set while enjoying a more Montreal neighbourhood-type vibe, the upscale eateries, unbuttoned gastro pubs, and trend-setting restos that line the sides of Montreal’s renowned Saint-Laurent Boulevard might be just your cup of authenticity. Or check out the historic old world awesomeness of Old Montreal, which plays host to an equally impressive roster of top-rated restos and chefs.
Numerous fun and family friendly events take place across the city, beginning with the annual three-day Crescent Street Grand Prix Festival. Live entertainment, F1 driver autograph sessions and the Pit Stop Challenge (see how fast you can change a tire, pit crew style) are prominent features of this popular – and free – outdoor extravaganza. Another perennial fave is the four-day Grand Prix on the Main, which features fashion shows, food kiosks, street performers and a lively range of entertainment that’ll smoke your tires.
And let’s not forget the top-tier shopping options in Montreal’s virtually innumerable boutiques, both above ground and below in Montreal’s famous underground city – over 30 km over subterranean tunnels that also showcase the creations of many of the world’s top designers.
So buckle in and get ready to start your engine…
Grand Prix du Canada, June 6-8, 2014
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