Your guide to Montréal’s must-sees and the best places to eat and drink in this lively North American city with a decidedly European vibe.
- Visas: citizens from the USA, European Union, Australia and a host of other countries can visit Canada without a visa, but you will still need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization.
- Currency: Canadian dollar, which is approximately 25% cheaper than the USD. ATM’s are easy to find and credit cards are widely accepted.
- Language: French is Montréal’s official language, though you won’t have a problem getting by in English.
- Time Zone: EDT (UTC –4 hours), the same timezone as New York. Montréal observes daylight saving time during the summer.
- In an Emergency: dial 911.
- Power Sockets: Canada uses Type B power sockets, the same as in the USA. Bring an adaptor if you are travelling from a different part of the world.
- Weather: Montréal temperatures average a high of 24°C (75°F) and a low of 15°C (59°F) in June. Although sunny weather is common, rain also falls on average every second day, so pack accordingly.
Arrival & Getting Around
- Located 20km from the city centre, Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) is the third busiest airport in Canada and a major hub for Air Canada. YUL has direct flights to the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa.
- If you stay in downtown Montréal, the best way to get to the circuit is via the metro or taxi/ride sharing. Montréal’s Metro is cheap and easy to use, and taxis are plentiful and well regulated. Uber is also popular in Montréal.
- More information: Canadian Grand Prix – Getting Around Guide
Where to Stay
To get the most out of your weekend at the Canadian Grand Prix, we recommend staying in downtown Montréal, especially within walking distance of the Berri UQAM metro station. Alternatively, if you stay next to a Metro station anywhere in the city, you’ll be able to get to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve relatively quickly. F1 Experiences offers a 4-night stay at select hotels in Montréal, including the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Montreal Centre-ville Ouest & Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth. Daily coach transfers to and from the circuit are also available. Add accommodation to your Official Ticket Package today!
Where to Eat & Drink
Montréal comes alive on Grand Prix weekend with street parties, festivals and events taking place throughout the city. Here’s some of the best places to go after your day at the track:
- Crescent Street: with live music, interactive displays and a lively atmosphere, the biggest F1-themed street party takes place on Crescent Street. Book a table at one of the many restaurant or sports bar terraces overlooking the action for the best experience; popular choices include Hurley’s Irish Pub, Sir Winston Churchill’s Pub and Dundees Bar & Grill. The Crescent Street area is also ground zero for Montréal’s clubbing scene; popular local clubs include Allure Bar & Lounge and Electric Avenue, which plays ‘80s and ‘90s music.
- Peel Street: for a higher-end vibe, head to the Formule Peel street party on Peel Street where ‘luxury cars, fashion, music and gastronomy meet in a boisterous atmosphere.’ Recommended restaurants with outdoor terraces include Ferreira Café for Portuguese fare and Pizzeria NO.900 – bookings essential.
- Dorchester Square: organised by the F1 promoter and taking place on Dorchester Square, close to Peel Street, the Place F1 GP Canada street party has outdoor bars, food trucks and even a go-kart track. Details have not yet been announced for 2019; stay tuned.
- Plateau Mont-Royal & Mile End: in addition to countless cafes, bars and restaurants, these trendy inner-city neighbourhoods also play host to the Montréal Fringe Festival from 27 May to 16 June. Recommended restaurants include Lawrence for modern British food and Maïs for tacos. Check out some live music at La Sala Rossa, then head to Chez Claudette for late night snacks, including the local favourite poutine (chips topped with gravy and cheese curds).
What to do
- Parc Jean-Drapeau: extend your day at the track – and escape the post-race crowds on the Metro – by checking out one of Montréal’s most popular recreational spaces, Parc Jean-Drapeau. The park is made up of two islands; the man-made Notre Dame Island, where the circuit is located, and the larger St Helen’s Island. Notre Dame hosted rowing and canoeing events during the 1976 Olympic Games and has just undergone a sizeable modernization, including the construction of a new 65,000 seat natural amphitheatre. Other Parc Jean Drapeau landmarks worth checking out, all of which date back to the Expo67 World’s Fair, include the Montréal Biosphere, Montréal Casino and Six Flags amusement park. The Habitat 67 modernist housing complex is also nearby, just a short walk over the Concorde Bridge in the direction of the city centre.
- Old Montréal: take a walk through one of the oldest districts in all of North America, where many buildings date back to the 17th century. Highlights include Place d’Armes and the imposing Notre Dame Basilica, the Old Port and Montréal Observation Wheel , the imposing City Hall and Rue Saint-Paul, Montréal’s oldest street.
- Parc Mont Royal: the park that gives Montréal its name occupies a stunning elevated location with sweeping skyline views. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who was also responsible for New York’s Central Park, Parc Mont Royal is home to historic monuments, playgrounds, picnic areas and walking paths. Worth a visit for the city views alone.
- Olympic Park: the host country may not have won any gold medals, but the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montréal were a success and Parc Olympique boasts several of the city’s most popular tourist landmarks, notably the ‘tallest inclined tower in the world’ with panoramic views of up to 80km on clear days and the Biodôme, which recreates several American ecosystems in the building that once housed the Olympic velodrome.