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A couple of weeks ago, I was in Montréal for the Formula 1 Grand Prix! My dad is the one who has always been into Formula 1 Racing. He always makes sure he doesn’t miss a race (and thanks to the ability to record TV he doesn’t)!
Growing up, I always thought it was annoying. Why would you want to watch fast cars go around and around and around? It’s only recently that I’ve realized I actually enjoy watching this sport. I consider it my guilty pleasure!
A few months ago, my parents purchased tickets for the Montréal Grand Prix and asked if I wanted to go. I did! Partly because I’ve never been to Montréal before (and those of you that know I LOVE travelling, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to explore a new destination)! My dad was last at the Montréal Grand Prix about 10 years ago.
The Grand Prix is a 3 day event over a weekend in June in Montreal which is known to be the unofficial start of summer to the locals. Friday is usually the first practice session, Saturday is the second practice session as well as qualifying session. Qualifying is where the cars race for time to see who will start in which position on race day. Which brings us to Sunday – race day!
We left home on the Wednesday and began our 8-9 hour drive to Montréal in the early morning. Our drive was leisurely and scenic. Once we arrived in Montréal in the evening, we checked into our AirBnB, relaxed, and started making a game plan for Thursday.
Thursday was open house day at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. I had decided that we should walk from our AirBnB across Jacques Cartier bridge, through Île Sainte-Hélène and Parc Jean-Drapeau to the circuit. It took us 1 hour and I am sure my parents hated me afterwards! We proceeded to wait in the huge line up that was waiting to get to the circuit. Once on the circuit, we took a bus tour of the track and got to walk and explore the pit (where the garages are and where they change tires (and more) during the race). As you can tell my some of the photos below, I am a huge Daniel Ricciardo fan myself!
After we finished at the circuit, we took the Metro (Montréal’s subway) to Old Montréal. This is what I was looking forward to. I LOVE Europe, and so, I was anxious to get to see and feel the European atmosphere of Old Montréal! It did not disappoint! We had lunch at a pub, and made our way through Old Montréal towards the Metro to take us back to our AirBnB.
Friday was the first day of Practice. We decided to take the Metro this time instead of walk (again, I am sorry)!! This method of getting around was much better – haha! Once we made it to the circuit, we made it to our Grand Stand and watched the practice. After practice finished, we decided we wanted to check out the Peel and Crescent Streets of Montréal. These streets are known as the after-party section during Grand Prix weekend. It was SO busy – I did not get a chance to take any photos. We saw lots of fancy cars and parties going on (the Grand Prix hadn’t even started yet)! We found an affordable place for dinner (Les 3 Brasseurs) and loved it so much! The service and food was excellent, and the price was very budget friendly!
Saturday was the second day of practice and also the qualifying round. Again, we took the Metro to the circuit and watched both second practice and qualifying. My dad’s favourite qualified for first position for the race (Sebastian Vettel) and he was so happy! After qualifying, we made our way back to Peel and Crescent and had dinner (again) at Les 3 Brasseurs!
Race day! Isn’t the main race always the most exciting? My favourite (Daniel) did well, and so did my dad’s favourite! Except, Vettel received an unfair 5 second penalty during the race that made him receive second place and not first. Overall, the race was exciting and definitely an experience I am so happy to have had the chance to enjoy!
The next day we departed Montréal. We checked out of our AirBnB and drove up to Mont Royal. I had heard you get amazing city views from the lookout at the Chalet. Google was right! The view was breathtaking and the Chalet had a bunch of information about the founding and history of Montréal inside.
Overall, Montréal was wonderful! It was a VERY hot and exhausting weekend. I also received a sunburn even though I was wearing SPF 50+! Also, according to the step-counter app on my phone, I walked a total of 50 kilometres! Yikes! I hope you enjoy some of the photos I took from that weekend! It is important to note that these were taken with my cellphone.
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