GRAND PRIX F1 & CANADA EDITION – @THISGIRLGIGGLES
Bienvenue à Montréal!
Montreal is the second largest city in Canada and speaks mostly French. You can get away with speaking English (like I did) but everyone will greet you in French. And you’ll kind of wish you can at least speak conversational French. I am obsessed with Grand Prix F1 races but if you’re into jazz or comedy festivals, you’ll love Montreal as well!
If you’re visiting Montreal for the race, I would definitely dedicate your Friday to get familiar with the city and focus your Saturday and Sunday at the track then enjoy the night life. I would stay 2 to 3 extra days to see the city. If you plan it well, you can hit the best spots within those days!
HOW TO GET AROUND MONTREAL:
Metro is the best way to go. Going to the race track? Metro is the BEST option. It’s an easy, straight shot to the race metro station.
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If you don’t want to take the metro back to your hotel, walk to Montreal Casino for free drinks and air conditioning. And of course, gambling at least until the crowd dies down. Then take the Uber to your hotel fro the casino! Uber won’t pick you up from the race track due to heavy traffic but they sure will pick you up from the casino.
WHAT TO WEAR TO THE F1 RACE TRACK:
I know you want to look cute at the track but it’s going to be extremely hot.
Wear shorts, your race team gear, sunglasses, sunscreen (Korean Skincare sunscreen!- see what I use below), and comfy walking shoes. And don’t forget your favorite F1 race cap. I went with Lewis Hamilton’s black Mercedes cap but I am interestedly obsessed with Red Bull Racing as well.
Carrying a purse? Pack some oil blotters, hair ties, wet tissues, cash/card, and your dslr camera with correct lens.
If you don’t have any your team’s tee or cap, you can purchase your favorite team’s fan gear at the track and walk around the whole track to check out the variety of vendors and check out the cool race cars and motorcycles on display.
GRAND PRIX F1 TICKETS:
F1 GENERAL ADMISSION ($165 CAD for 3 days): It’s cheap but there’s a catch. You really don’t have a seating of your own. Yikes. If you find the perfect corner or area to sit/stand… you can’t leave. Why? Because it’ll fill up pretty quickly. If you’re purchasing a general admission ticket, bring a small blanket. Head to the race at least 2-3 hours before it starts to get your spot or if you want to roam around before squatting down.
TURN BENCH F1 SEATINGS ($219 CAD – $935 CAD for 3 days): This may be the best option if you don’t want to fight for your seating with general admission! You’ll have your own seating on the benches. Remember, certain turns are more fun than others! See the crashes and enjoy the drama between the drivers. Main Straight, Senna Corner, Epingle Hairpin, Turn 9, and Casino Straight are your options then choose the grandstands.
HOSPITALITY F1 PACKAGES ($1359 CAD – $3469 CAD for 3 days):
Here are your options:
Elite Restaurant (right in between the Senna corner and the start & finish line)
Senna Club (inside of the race track)
Podium Club (to enjoy the podium ceremony and the activity around the pit exit)
Platine Chalet (famous left-right-left turn)
Privilege 12 (reserved seat in Grandstand 12 with a relaxing area)
My favorite is the Podium Club. Who doesn’t want to see the prestigious podium ceremony and the drama in the pit?!
GOT EXTRA TIME BEFORE OR AFTER THE GRAND PRIX F1 RACE?
#1. Head to Old Montreal for a walk and be sure to visit Notre Dame Basilica (it’s $6 CAD Cash Only)
Get lost in Old Montreal. It’s such a beautiful neighborhood with European flare. Walk on those cobblestone streets, grab a coffee and walk down the St. Lawrence River. You’ll find many boutiques, art galleries, coffee shops, restaurants, and street performers.
#2. Go shop at l’Empreinte coopérative on 88 rue St-Paul Est. You’ll find the most interesting handmade items that you can only get it at this artisan shop.
#3. Try a food tour! Local Montreal Tours
#3. Jean Talon Market: It’s the city’s biggest public market and it’s one of the largest in North America!
#4. Montreal Casino: Free drinks, Gambling, Air Conditioning – need to say more?
#4. Visit the Mile End!
It’s definitely an up-and-coming neighborhood. Cheap food? Cute clothing boutiques? Adorable coffee shops? Best bagels? Home-cooked gnocchi? Mile End has it all. And of course, you have to get bagels from St. Viateur Bagel and chocolate from Chocolat Geneviève Gandbois.
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Have you been to Montreal, Canada? Or the Grand Prix F1 race?
Let me know below 🙂