Canadian Grand Prix
Often hosting edge-of-the-seat-exciting races and an ever present potential for the unexpected, the Canadian Grand Prix is many an F1 fans favorite. With characteristics much like Melbourne’s Albert Park, the temporary track is known for producing unlikely results and memorable moments.
The venue itself is striking, unusual and instantly recognizable – an island park in the Saint Lawrence River, minutes away from the heart of throbbing downtown Montreal. It’s a venue with true character and a large fan base – the Grand Prix is attended by some 300,000 F1 fans over the 3 days, flooding into the city from all over North America and the rest of the world.
Compared with some purpose-built race tracks the views are not the venue’s most appealing aspect. For anyone going to the Canadian Grand Prix the best feature of the event is undoubtedly its atmosphere. This doesn’t end when you leave the circuit – vibrant, lively Montreal really embraces F1 and the place comes alive on race weekend; the party atmosphere seeping out of the circuit into the downtown area where revelers overflow Crescent Street’s bars.
Add to that the fact that the circuit is a well organized event and super accessible by the city’s convenient metro and you have yourself a winning F1 venue.
Canadian Grand Prix Spectator Tips
- You’ve come to watch other people drive. Leave the car at the hotel for this one and take the metro instead.
- If you’ve come all this way for a glimpse of a Formula 1 car between heads in the crowd snap up those general admission tickets. Otherwise give them a miss this time.
- Remember FM radio? You can use one to listen to commentary at the track by tuning into 99.1 FM and 104.5 FM.
- Montreal can be a pain in the ass. Bring a cushion for the hard metal bleachers.
- Soak up the festival atmosphere and a few beers with the rest of the F1 fraternity in Crescent Street
Though icy cold in winter, Quebec’s short summers are warm and quite humid, though rarely really hot. The Grand Prix is usually dry and clear with the last wet race there in 2011.