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Montreal Trip

When did we go….

  • Jun 14-19, 2023


Why did we go…

  • our friends Al and Cindy Bey invited a group of six couples out for the Grand Prix F1 race and to experience Cindy’s hometown




How did we get there…

  • 4.5 hour direct flight on Air Canada from Calgary to Montreal and the same on the return
  • 30-45 minute Uber ride to and from the airport to our BnB in Old Montreal


Where did we stay…

  • Air BnB on rue Saint Francois Xavier Street in Old Montreal
  • third-floor suite with one bedroom on the main floor, a bed behind curtains, and a loft with three beds
  • it was a big place, but the sleeping and bathroom arrangements were not ideal
  • they had some cool art features in the unit
  • great location in Old Montreal, close to all the restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping, and a 15-minute walk to the ferry to get to the track



Where did we eat…

  • breakfast was twice at Tommy’s (very good food) and then at a couple of coffee shops on the other days
  • we ate at food trucks at the track, which had decent chow
  • Modavie (dinner, vibrant atmosphere, good service, excellent food)
  • Pullmans (dinner, tapas, wine bar atmosphere)
  • Marcella (dinner once and cocktails/appies another time, fun ambiance, great service, excellent chow and drinks)
  • Weinstein and Gavino (dinner, Italian food, fun server, lively night as our crew was rockin)
  • Verses Bistro at Hotel Nelligan (dinner, average atmosphere and food)



What did we do…

  • went to two spas (Bota Bota and Scandinave)
  • Bota Bota is right on the St. Lawrence Seaway in Old Montreal and is shaped like a boat (lots of unique hot, cold and relax options and a very nice outdoor area)
  • Scandinave is also in Old Montrea (indoor environment, decent selection of hot, cold and relax areas)
  • walked around Old Montreal, which is lovely with all the historic buildings
  • went to the F1 Grand Prix Thu-Sun
  • it was crowded and took 1-1.5 hours to get to and from the track each day via a ferry and a long walk to our seats
  • on Thursday, we had an ‘Experiences’ package, which allowed us into the pit area and then a reception afterward
  • Friday we attended a practice round
  • Saturday we attended the qualifying round
  • Sunday we attended the race, which was won by Max Verstappen for the second year in a row
  • enjoyed nighttime drinks on the rooftop patio at the Hotel Nelligan
  • Steve and I hit up a speakeasy bar (Clandestino) in the basement right beside our hotel that we didn’t know was there until we stumbled upon it one night





  • the Montreal Grand Prix started in 1978 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Notre Dame Island
  • over 300,000 people attended the three days of racing



What did we not do that is on the agenda for next time:

  • check out other historic neighborhoods


Final thoughts:

  • it was fun being with five other couples and hanging out in such a fun city
  • the F1 is not a great event to view as the cars zip by so quickly, and the TV screens they had weren’t big enough to get a good feel for what was going on in the other parts of the track
  • the weather wasn’t great as we had some rain and mostly cloudy skies