What to do off the track during Grand Prix Weekend - Tourisme Montréal Blog


What to do off the track during Grand Prix Weekend

F1 action doesn’t just happen on the track – there are things to see, do and experience all weekend long within an arm’s reach of the race. Head up to Little Italy for some Ferrari fun, get in a little shopping, sample Montréal’s stellar cuisine, stroll about the Old Port, indulge in some me-time, ride some waves… the Grand Prix doesn’t just happen on the track, it runs through our neighbourhoods, too!



Little Italy Racing Weekend

Fans, cars and fun take over Little Italy during F1 weekend: free games and activities - including a Ferrari mini-kart course -, DJs, vintage rides and shiny performance machines line the main drag, stalls from car clubs and local merchants and, of course, restos and cafés overflowing with tifosi, naturally!

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Where to shop

Steal away to explore the shopping mecca that is downtown Montréal, above and below ground! One of North America’s longest shopping arteries, Sainte-Catherine Street offers 15 kilometres of fabulous finds. Likewise, the Underground Pedestrian Network features more than 1,700 shops and department stores for your shopping pleasure.

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Where to stroll

The city skyline behind you, the sweeping St. Lawrence River in front—welcome to Montréal’s Old Port! From the Clock Tower Quay, admire the Clock Tower and the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. From here, head west. Watch Montréal’s history unfold as you stroll by stately greystones, including the beautiful silver-domed Bonsecours Market. All that walking whet your appetite? Stop by Les Éclusiers par Apollo for excellent eats by Chef Giovanni Apollo, plus stunning views of the canal and locks.

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Where to eat

Choice and creativity headline menus across the city. “Mix and match” takes on a whole new meaning in Montréal cuisine, where our talented chefs deftly combine old world tradition with new world flavour for spectacular results. Fresh, unpretentious and inventive only begins to describe the Montréal dining experience!

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Where to get pampered

Swap the heat and noise of the track for the calm serenity of a premium Montréal spa. Holistic, urban, rural, trendy – Montréal offers it all …even out on the water! California, Thai or Shiatsu massage, Middle Eastern hammam and Finnish sauna are but a few possibilities for your pampering pleasure.

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Where to ride the waves

Shift gears and get wet: crash through waves and whitecaps on a speedboat or jet boat with Saute Moutons. For a slower but no less exciting aquatic adventure, paddle some of the most intense waves of the St. Lawrence River with Rafting Montréal. Adrenaline rush and loads of fun, guaranteed!

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