With the combination of a great track and an exceptional nightlife, Montreal has become an annual trip for many people from all over the world. Montreal literally turns itself over to the Canadian Grand Prix and it is one of the best attended Formula One events each year. The city gets consumed with special events and parties during race weekend.
Stay in a wonderfully located premium hotel - a stone's throw from all of the action in the city, watch all of the action from one of the Grandstands, and soak up the sizzling atmosphere!
The Montreal Grand Prix takes place from June 7 -9, 2013.
A welcome package with your vouchers, tickets (where relevant), a city map, train tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Transfer to the airport in a private vehicle with a professional driver.
You will be met upon your arrival into Montreal airport and assisted with meeting up with your driver for your private transfer. Your assistant will accompany you to your hotel.
During the event you will have daily on-site support from one of our representatives.
Use your official F1 Program during the event. You may like to keep it afterwards as a souvenir to remember all of the excitement!
Enjoy the freedom of exploring Montreal city with a metro pass. The three day pass allows for unlimited use for three consecutive calendar days and also applies to the 747 Express Bus, the shuttle service running between downtown and Montréal-Trudeau International Airport.
Stand-by... Lights! Action! When night falls, Old Montréal becomes even more alive. In Old Montréal, you will relive the atmosphere of the 19th century as the gas lamps illuminate your way down the cobblestone streets of the Historical district as you are accompaied by an English speaking guide. With the unique "Old Montréal Light Plan" you'll see architecture from centuries past basking in a beautiful warm glow as you are taken from Place d'Armes, one of Montréal's oldest squares, to Place Jacques-Cartier, the hub of colony-era life. You have the chance to admire a variety of impressive buildings: the three courthouses, the Château Ramezay and the Bonsecours Market, as well as the interior of other historic buildings such as the famous Notre-Dame Basilica, if you desire. Pass by the Notre-Dame de Bon Secours Chapel, City Hall as well as walk along the former “Wall Street” of Canada, St-Jacques Street. Just off the charming Saint-Paul Street, discover the foundation site of the city’s first hospital, l’Hôtel Dieu, in the Cours Le Royer. No visit is complete without a picture of the Sulpician Seminary, built in the late 1600s.
Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel offers unparalleled Montreal accommodations, and boasts a prime location steps from world-class shopping, exquisite dining, and the entertainment district. Return from a day of discovery to the serene comfort of Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel's 825 newly rejuvenated guest rooms and suites, designed with your well-being in mind.
Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the Sheraton this morning.
Today is Practise day at the Montreal Grand Prix. Enjoy the action from the Grandstands (section 11, 12,15 or 21). In the eastern part of the circuit, a short walk from the Cosmos bridge and metro station, the Hairpin offers great passing opportunities and is also notable for its piercing sounds as the F1 cars slow down at the entrance to the corner and then accelerate again as they exit onto Casino straight - a true mechanical symphony as the speeds go from 290 to 60 km/h! Your seat in this grandstand is also just a short distance from a visit to the support race paddock. A giant screen allows you to follow the action at all times.
Some stats on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve track; First Grand Prix: 1978, Lenght: 4.361 km, Number of laps: 70 (305.270 km) , Spectator capacity: 100,000.
There are many optional activities to choose from in Montreal. Spend time wandering through the historical part of town, taking in all of the sights and smells along the way as you weave your way through the cobblestoned streets. Alternatively, head to St. Catherine's street, which has a dizzying array of shops to choose from and where you can see where the locals source their great sense of style. If you feel like a longer excursion, consider a day trip to Quebec - the oldest city in North America and a UNESCO designated city with a side trip to the impressive Montmorency falls. If you feel like staying within the city limits, consider a tour taking in the Olympic Tower, Biodrome, Botanical Gardens and Insectariums, a guided walking or a biking tour through the city, or a themed tour such as the Bourgeoisie area of Westmount or the lesser known parks and gardens of the city. Please let your Sales Advisor know if any of these options are of interest.
For over a decade the Crescent Street Grand Prix Festival has been the unofficial launch of the summer in Montreal. Race fans, Montrealers, and tourists from around the world pour onto Crescent Street to enjoy this free festival. In it’s 13th edition, the Festival plans to be bigger than ever with incredible music presented on the Bud Light Stage, the Pit Stop Competition and other activities for the whole family to enjoy!
Today is Qualifying day - be sure to be there to see who comes out on top! Enjoy a second day of Grand Prix action from the Grandstands (section 11, 12,15 or 21).
Montreal is a veritable paradise for gourmands as it has such a variety of great eateries and some of the best are to be found in its historical quarter. One of our personal favourites for fine dining, is the stunning XO restaurant housed in the luxurious St James hotel on the border of the historical quater of the city. Housed inside the formal Banker's Hall, the restaurant has a dining section, lounge and two beautiful mezzanines. A few alcoves await intimate conversations and the XO Le Lounge is the perfect spot for a predinner cocktail or a digestif. A tasting menu is available from Tuesday to Saturday and a bar menu is also available everyday.
A more casual, laid back atmosphere awaits at the Modavie which is a great little casual brasserie that often has live jazz entertainment. Even if you dont eat here, the round bar is a fun place to have a drink at (be sure to try one of the local beers if you are a beer drinker!). (1, rue St Paul - on corner of St Laurent. Ph:514 907 5878).
Baxo offers great cuisine in a casual atmosphere and tends to be very popular with the locals. The restuarant is located close to the Bonsecours building in the historical centre (343, rue St Paul East, Ph: 514 903 9343 ).
Today marks the pinicle of the event - Race day! Soak in the excitement at the Grand Prix again today from the Grandstands (section 11, 12,15 or 21).
Two taxes, the federal goods and services tax (GST) and the Québec sales tax (QST), are added to the selling price of most goods and services. Several tourist regions charge a specific tax on accommodations. The amount is $2 or $3 a night or 3% of the price of the room per night, before the GST and QST are added.
You must leave a tip on service provided in restaurants and bars and by taxi drivers and hairdressers. The amount, which is not included in the bill, generally represents 10% to 15% of the total bill (before taxes). Here in Québec, for a restaurant bill, we usually add the amounts of the two taxes (GST and QST) together, the sum of which equals approximately 13%. Tipping bellhops or porters is at your discretion (generally, $1 per bag carried).
Most of Québec’s cities enjoy a humid continental climate, with four very distinct seasons and significant differences in temperature marking each one. Summer is hot, while winter sees a considerable amount of snow fall. In fact, Québecers owe their legendary joie de vivre to these climatic variations!
Québec’s Great North is characterized by arctic and subarctic climates. The ancestral land of the Cree and the Inuit is known for its lengthy winters and brief summers.
Visitors holding a driver’s licence from their country of origin can drive on Québec’s roads for a maximum period of six months. This means you don’t have to obtain an international driving permit, although if your papers are in a language other than French or English, it is highly recommended that you do so.
By law, all vehicle occupants must wear a seat belt.
Consuming alcohol or having alcoholic beverages present in a moving vehicle is strictly prohibited under Québec’s Highway Safety Code. Furthermore, a person suspected of driving under the influence will have to submit to a breathalyzer test. If the test reveals a concentration of alcohol in that person’s blood of 80 or more milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood, his or her driver’s permit will be immediately revoked for a 30-day period.
Although the minimum age for driving a car is 16, some car rental companies require that the driver be at least 25, while others charge higher rates for drivers under the age of 21.
The electric current is 110 volts/60 cycles, as it is throughout North America. Because the outlets cannot accommodate European plugs, you’d best bring or buy an adaptor.
Banking & Currency:
The legal tender is the Canadian dollar, which is divided into 100 cents. Bank notes are available in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollars, and coins in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 cents and 1 and 2 dollars.
The leading credit cards are accepted everywhere, namely Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Traveler’s cheques are generally accepted in large hotels, some restaurants and major stores. Otherwise, they must be cashed at an exchange office or bank.
There are numerous exchange offices in Québec’s main cities. Airports also offer exchange services. Some businesses accept American money, but they offer a less competitive rate than the exchange offices.
Banking institutions are generally open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can withdraw cash from most automatic teller machines (linked to the Cirrus, PLUS System or Interac networks) any time, seven days a week.
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