The Montreal Grand Prix 2018 is the first North American stop on the 2018 F1 circuit. It is also widely considered to be Montreal’s kick-off to the summer season. From June 7 to 10, the city transforms into one great celebration, with exclusive VIP parties, and street exhibitors.
Regardless if you are a racing enthusiast, you will want to book yourself a trip to Montreal for this thrilling weekend. In anticipation of the Canadian Grand Prix, let Corporate Stays walk you through the highlights of this year’s can’t-miss event.
Montreal Grand Prix 2018: The VIP Parties
Whether you have come to the city specifically for the Montreal Grand Prix, or if you are here for other business, you will find the city is electrified by F1 weekend. There is so much to do and experience during this weekend in Montreal. In fact, it will be difficult to step out in Montreal during Grand Prix weekend without walking into a party or special event. If you are looking for the best parties of the weekend, see our top VIP Party picks:
ABGE – Auberge Saint-Gabriel
If you’re an F1 driver, a person of influence or an international celebrity, you will no doubt have access to the most exclusive VIP event in Montreal during Grand Prix weekend. This prestigious event attracts some of the biggest stars and F1 fans around, making it a hot spot for activity.
Bord’Elle Grand Prix
Make sure you keep Thursday, June 7 until Sunday, June 10 free on your calendar, because you’re in for a weekend you’ll never forget. Reminiscent of the 1920s, Bord’Elle sets to recreate and relieve the glam, grandeur and a little bit of spice this era represents. It’s a must-attend event for anyone looking for a Grand Prix experience.
Montreal Grand Prix 2018: The Street Festivals
Not a fan of the exclusive nightclubs? The Montreal Grand Prix street festival, held on Crescent street in downtown Montreal, might be just what you’re looking for. Starting June 7, Crescent Street between Ste-Catherine and de Maisonneuve is shut to traffic and is filled with vendors and exhibitors. There is fantastic cuisine, live music, fun contests, and of course, exquisite cars on display. This is the longest-running F1 street festival and is a perpetual favourite of racing enthusiasts. You cannot experience Montreal Grand Prix weekend without at least a short stroll down the bustling street.
Just a few blocks away from Crescent, the party continues on Peel Street. The Formula Peel Street Party is a slightly more upscale outdoor street festival. There are luxury cars and high fashion on display, with live music and fine cuisine to experience. Even more exciting this year is that Dorchester Square, at the bottom of Peel, will also be hosting a public celebration for Grand Prix weekend. Make sure not to miss out.
For the 6th consecutive row, Little Italy is joining the celebration. The community event, held on St Zotique East, is a family-friendly event for kids and racing enthusiasts of all ages. There will be exotic cars on display, a beer garden, live music, and even a kids corner with inflatable games. Of course, one of the main highlights of this F1 event is the food. There will be multiple local vendors on-site, showcasing the best of Montreal’s Italian food scene.
Montreal Grand Prix 2018: The Race
Of course, the entire action-packed long weekend could not be possible without the main event: The Montreal Grand Prix du Canada 2018. The racing itself will be held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, named for the Montreal driver who was in fact, the first winner of the Montreal Grand Prix.
Friday, June 8, 2018: Practice Sessions
Saturday, June 9, 2018: Qualifying Sessions
Sunday, June 10, 2018: Race (2 pm to 4 pm)
Montreal Grand Prix 2018: Accommodations
If you have not already booked your stay for the Montreal Grand Prix, there is no time to waste. With hundreds of thousands of people making their way to Montreal for the weekend, it will be difficult to find a last-minute booking. Hotels are certain to be overcrowded for the weekend, with long elevator waits, and noisy neighbours.
This, of all weekends, would definitely be the weekend to book yourself a luxury apartment in the heart of downtown Montreal. You will be right by all the action but have somewhere calm and spacious to rest at the end of the day, which means you’ll be ready to go all weekend. Talk to one of our Corporate Housing Specialists today about how we can help you find the perfect apartment for your weekend!
The Montreal Grand Prix du Canada is almost here, and what an exciting time it’s going to be! With four days of action, including the race itself, there’s no better way to spend your weekend. If you haven’t got any plans yet, get those bags packed and head over to Montreal for an experience of a lifetime.