Every year, the F1 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal brings in a vivid array of worldly spectators. Having never been to the race ourselves, the DRex team decided to make the road trip over to the French party city to enjoy the festivities. Attractive people, sweet cars, smoked meat sandwiches from Schwart’s Deli – why wouldn’t we?!
What’s really great about F1 Grand Prix weekend is the amount of parties, celebs and attractions it brings to the city. Into luxury cars? You’ll have a field day spotting many rare vehicles parked at the hotels and side streets.
Even if you’re not into the race, you can still have a great time. Brands of all sorts throw parties to satisfy any nightlife goer. Take a walk down Montreal’s Crescent St. and you’ll find a good deal of bars and restaurants packed full of people. Some of the more posh parties like Film Fashion F1 happen as well where the famous faces show up – Michael Fassbender from X-men was spotted at this year’s.
What about the race?
It’s packed, busy and just awesome if you’re into the sport. We didn’t really know what to expect so we just bought regular General Admission. I would strongly advise buying Grandstand seats if you’re not into cramped crowds and standing all day. Bring ear plugs as well – although exhilarating to hear and be so close to the powerful engines, your ears will thank you.
Overall, we had a wicked time. Germany’s Sebastian Vettel won the race which made Karl happy and I had a chance to snap some fun photos outside of my usual element.
Car Pool: We packed 6 guys into a rented minivan (classy, I know) and made the 5 hour trip up from Toronto. Save a ton of $$$ vs. taking the train of flying.
Accommodation: If you’re on a budget, check out the Concordia University Grey Nuns Residence for summer accommodations. A double room only cost us $69/night and was much larger in size than expected. It’s also close to the heart of downtown where all the night festivities take place.
Buy a weekend subway pass: It’s cheap and will get you to and from the Grand Prix with little hassle.
Pack your own food: The cost of a hot dog at the race is $5… if you’re feeling light on the wallet, you’re best to bring a cooler bag and stuff it with as much Gatorade, Pringles and beef jerky as you can.
For more info on the Formula 1 Race – visit formula1.com
Some photos for ya’ !
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