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1. Posted by Berkules (Inactive 13 posts) 10y

Simply put, does anyone have advice, tips, anything that would aid my trip to Montreal in June?

2. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 10y

Reserve your accomodation NOW, if you haven't done so already. And downtown Crescent is the place to be for Grand Prix weekend if you want to party. If you want to go to any of the clubs, get there early, otherwise forget about getting in. Grand Prix weekend in Montreal is a blast! Have fun!

3. Posted by Bogman (Budding Member 61 posts) 10y

I'm a former Montrealer and F1 fanatic, and I know you're going to have a great time in one of the world's best cities! I have been to the GP every year from 1996-2005, but this year have a trip to China planned so will have to give it a miss. I've also been to Indianapolis 3 times for the GP, but the atmosphere there is nothing like Montreal.

As Mtlgal says, Crescent St. and Peel St. downtown are where the nighttime action is...lots of bars, F1 stands, live bands, people watching etc. Great stuff. Old Montreal is great, unless you're from Europe then it just looks like the old part of your city. But in North America there is nothing like it historically (except Quebec city and parts of Boston). Public transit is the way to go, except leaving the GP track because it is mobbed (100,000 people decending on 1 subway station!). When leaving the track, take the ferry from the island to the city or south shore.

have fun!

4. Posted by Peter P. (Budding Member 35 posts) 10y

IF YOU'RE ON THE SOUTH SHORE, DO NOT DRIVE INTO MTL!!!

The public transportation in Montreal is clean, safe and efficient. It's also easier than trying to find a parking place OR or getting over the south shore bridges in one lifetime. All the important stuff is near a metro/bus station anyway.

Public transit on the island is called the STM.

Public transit on the south shore is called the
STRSM.

For general information on buses, metro or how to get somewhere, you can also call A-U-T-O-B-U-S (288-6287. The south shore bus terminal is at Bonaventure metro station and from there, you can get anywhere!

Although I do agree with the other postings that you shouldn't be wanting for entertainment over that particular weekend, here are some more links about Montreal and things for you to see and do.

[ Edit: Edited at May 3, 2006 8:35 AM by Peter P. ]

5. Posted by Berkules (Inactive 13 posts) 10y

Thank you so far for your input. I've been joping to make it to a GP for a couple years now and this will be my first. As a German-speaker I wanted to go to Hockenheim but with World Cup and whatnot this trip was a lot easier to plan- worked it all out in just about a week. Lodging was tought but I'm staying in Saint-Hubert (which I believe is a borough of Longueuil and on the south shore) for about 100 CAD a night which I think is very reasonable. I'm sure speaking very little to no French won't be much of a problem, right?

Thanks especially for the metro info. I think the nearest metro station from my motel (Motel Saint-Hubert) is a 7-10 minute cab ride...that won't be a problem?

Finally, I'm going to go to the track on Friday mainly to get acquainted and prepared for Saturday and Sunday. I have general admission tickets and plan to arrive when the track opens.
1. What should I bring for seating?
2. What should I bring for food/refreshments?
3. How tolerated is smoking in Quebec?

Merci

6. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 10y

Quoting Berkules

I'm sure speaking very little to no French won't be much of a problem, right?

The South Shore (St. Hubert, Longueuil, etc) is a little more French speaking than the core of Montreal, but everyone knows at least a few phrases or understands English is they don't speak it. Plus, give you'll be there on the most Touristy weekend of the year, you'll have no problems getting around with just English :)

Quoting Berkules

I think the nearest metro station from my motel (Motel Saint-Hubert) is a 7-10 minute cab ride...that won't be a problem?

That would be the Longueuil metro station, on the Yellow line. It is on the same line as Parc Jean Drapeau (Ile St Helene), the station you're looking to get off at for the Grand Prix. It's about a 10-minute ride into the city.

Quoting Berkules


1. What should I bring for seating?
2. What should I bring for food/refreshments?
3. How tolerated is smoking in Quebec?

1. If you're general admission, you are allowed to bring chairs or whatnot. Depending where you seat yourself around the track, a seated position may be too low town to see the actual race. When I went in 96 (a ways back), there were no G.A. grandstands. I say bring a lawn chair or whatever just in case, but you'll probably be standingfor a good chunk of the race. Also, as a sidebar, bring sunscreen! you'll need it ;)

2. The Grand Prix's website doesn't recommend bringing large coolers to the site or glass bottles. Just bring whatever you like to drink/munch on! Make sureyou stay hydrated though, it will be nice and toasty outside! Here's the Canadian Grand Prix website if you want to look around.

3. As of May 31st, smoking will be banned indoors from all restaurants and bars. You will be allowed to smoke on open-air terasses and outdoors.

Hope that helps!

Cheers,
Katie ;)

7. Posted by MikeP (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Now, my buddy and I were not able to book a room in the city, so we got a room just over the border here in the USA(1.5 hours away). I was planning on parking at the airport(ST. Hubert) for the day Sunday, and taking the Line 4 into the Jean-Drapeau stop. Does this sound like a good plan. Will the airport let me park there for the day? I'm guessing it won't matter, just as long as I pay. Unfortunately, we only have the General Admission pass for Sunday, so we'll be there very early Sunday. I just want to be sure there's a subway terminal near/in the airport. Can someone help me out? Thanks!

Mike

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

The Longueuil/Université de Sherbrooke stop on line 4 is the ONLY Metro stop on the south shore. There is no Metro that goes out to the St. Hubert airport. That's actually a very small airport, so you may have to check with them about transportation to the Metro. Once at the Metro, though, you have only one stop to Jean-Drapeau.

I'm surprised you couldn't find anything closer to Montreal, though. Did you try the city of Laval, or even places on the south shore (Longueuil, Greenfield Park, Boucherville, etc.)? Even the east-end of Montreal may still have something left.

9. Posted by MikeP (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Thanks for your help, Tway. Does anyone know how far the Metro will be from the airport(ST. Hubert)? Maybe we can take a taxi from the airport to the Metro, or even to the track? Keep the helpful info coming. Thanks!

Mike

10. Posted by schaltung (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

I'll be driving. I was planning to park in the
Longueuil parking lot.

Is this parking lot public?

do you think price is reasonable?

what could be a 'plan b' in case I cant park there.

A.Moreno