Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix: Why Montreal is telling fans to leave their cars at home

Grand Prix weekend is nearly here — and that means tens of thousands of spectators are expected to descend upon Montreal.

The Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix, which is a three-day affair, is the largest sporting event in the country.

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Glenn Castanheira, executive director of Montréal Centre-Ville, said the Grand Prix is a big benefit to downtown restauranteurs and businesses.

“The buzz is fantastic,” he said in an interview with Global News Morning.

But anyone who is trying to find accommodations last minute might have a hard time, according to Castanheira. Most hotels are already booked for the entire weekend.

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“If you’re looking for a hotel his weekend in downtown Montreal, good luck,” Castanheira said.

After missing two years due to COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021, the Canadian Grand Prix is returning to Montreal for a third straight year in 2024. The circuit is under contract with Formula One until 2031.

In 2023, the Grand Prix saw a record 345,000 spectators. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey, NHL stars Mitch Marner and Carey Price, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell all made the trip to the circuit last year.

with files from Global’s Tim Sargeant and The Canadian Press

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