No self-proclaimed car and Formula 1 aficionado should let himself/herself miss being in the Canadian city of Montreal this June. The reason is more than obvious, as during a single weekend in June, Montreal will be visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world, for a single purpose – to watch the grand prix.
An unforgettable experience
Watching an event such as this is an unforgettable experience. From the moment Montreal Grand Prix event starts, the air becomes humid and thick, and the haze and heat envelop the downtown area of Montreal. Its streets start to echo with a dull roar from tens of thousands of car junkies from all over the globe, as they start converging in mass numbers on downtown Montreal. The sights of shining chrome, glossy mags, as well as both performance and vintage cars, start filling the streets, as their proud owners rev their engines, so as to show their power under the hood.
One of the biggest events in Canada
The Formula 1 Grand Prix event is one of the biggest annual events in Montreal, and Canada, in general. Every June, the entire city becomes one big Formula 1 show stage, as its people become excited and car crazy. Corner stores, restaurants, cafes, outlets stores, and malls start displaying massive banners and flags, so as to show support for their favorite F1 teams. Friendly rivalry discussions take place over a couple of drinks and locals, as well as tourists, start discussing the possible outcome of the race and chances of various drivers.
The largest and most popular Montreal streets are closed off and barricaded, with the aim of turning them into actual massive pedestrian malls. Restaurants and all kinds of food establishments hastily start setting up impromptu terraces in front of their buildings, so as to attract as many visitors as possible and offer them their best products. Being there, it is impossible not to feel like you have come to a giant festival, which hosts more than half a million visitors.
The Montreal Grand Prix event usually starts on Thursday and continues throughout the weekend, culminating with the main racing event during Sunday afternoon. The main race itself takes place on the famous isle of St.Helene, at one of the most challenging and famous F1 racing circuits. This circuit bears the name of one of the all-time F1 legends, Gilles Villeneuve, who was a Montreal native.
A plethora of exciting activities
The Formula 1 championship and its tradition run deep in Montreal, and the city takes great pride in being a host of such a spectacular event and being the birthplace of one of the greatest F1 drivers in history. Throughout the entire weekend, visitors can engage in a wide variety of fun activities. To enjoy the weekend, you do not have to be track-side. The majority of visitors usually come to relish in the festival atmosphere and enjoy many side activities. Almost all of the fun activities and action in downtown Montreal are free, and these include various special events, as well as live night-long concerts. Many would say that there is as much fun and excitement in downtown Montreal, as there is at the Grand Prix event itself, if not more.
If you consider yourself an avid car and racing lover, The Grand Prix weekend in Montreal is something you should not miss.