The Race Is On: 10 Tips to Rock Your Formula 1 Weekend

As race fans are making their way to Montréal for the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada, has some tips to help you make the most of your weekend at the track. And, after you’re done at the track, don’t forget to visit us on Crescent Street where the party shifts into high gear.

10 Tips to Rock Your Formula 1 Weekend

The Grand Prix weekend is the unofficial kick-off to the summer season in Montréal, and many locals and tourists alike will be out enjoying the festivities.

1. Make sure your travel arrangements are in order.

It’s estimated that about 68 per cent of last year’s F1 spectators were visitors to Montreal. If you’re an out-of-towner, make sure you have all your tickets printed and packed, alongside all of your other important travel documents.

  • Coming to the race from outside of Canada? Make sure you have Visitors to Canada travel insurance coverage. A minor injury or illness can become a major expense—even in Canada. Canada may be well known for its health care system, but it does not offer free medical care for visitors or tourists. It’s best to be prepared and travel with travel insurance.

2. Leave the car at the hotel. (Or at home, if you’re a local.)

Take public transit and save money by buying the special three-day pass created specifically for the Grand Prix du Canada. It’s available for $18, and can be used all weekend long.

3. Leave Fido at home.

If you’re a local, you may be tempted to bring along your best furry friend; however, unless your pet is a guide or service dog, no animals are allowed at the site.

4. Bring sunblock, shades and a hat.

You’ll likely be spending most of the weekend outdoors, and the forecast suggests that the sun will be out for some parts of the weekend. Avoid sunburn by bringing your sunblock, a pair of sunglasses and a hat to protect your head.

5. Dress for the temperature.

Daytime temperatures are not expected to get any warmer than 19 °C and some weather forecasts predict that Sunday will be quite cool. Make sure you pack a sweater if you’re easily chilled.

6. Be prepared for rain.

There is a chance of showers all weekend, and while umbrellas are allowed on site, you will not be allowed to use it if it impedes the vision of other spectators. Instead, bring a raincoat or poncho to keep dry.

7. Wear comfortable shoes.

Expect to do a lot of walking, so wear comfortable shoes that won’t give you blisters.

8. Protect your ears

These cars are loud...really loud. Bring some earplugs to drown out some of the noise.

9. Drink plenty of water and bring snacks.

Food and beverages are permitted on site, so long as it’s for personal use only. However, avoid bringing anything in a glass container. Glass containers are not allowed, and will likely be confiscated at the gate.

10. Bring the right sized cooler or knapsack.

There’s a lot you can bring with you for your day at the track, but there’s a size limit. Whatever travel bag you bring must be able to fit under your seat in the stands. Bags (or coolers) must be no bigger than 22.8 cm (9 inches) in height, 45.7 cm (18 inches) in length and 25.4 cm (10 inches) deep.