Published on May 28th, 2014 | by Jordan

The Best Ways to Spend Your Weekend in Montreal

Today’s blog post comes to us from Julia over at Ask Mama MOE. Since Montreal’s big race weekend is right around the corner, we asked an expert how to make the most out of it.

Montreal is known to be a hip and happening place in the summer and one weekend that overrides the city is Grand Prix Weekend.

On Your Mark…

On the major streets of downtown Montreal, all the nicest cars are showcased in front of every major restaurant and club during Grand Prix weekend. It’s the time when Montrealers show off their cars and enjoy the weekend of races.  The city is jumping with events, late nights and VIPs, making it fun just to walk through the city.

If you are planning to come in to Montreal for that ultimate weekend, which you totally should, being a CAA Member will help you experience Montreal for less. With your CAA membership, you will be able to enjoy the F1 race at 15% off the normal price. That is a great savings on a pretty pricey event!

Ways to Travel to Montreal

Hertz has a special offer for CAA Members. Enjoy renting a car for your road trip to Montreal with a 10-20% savings.

Staying in Montreal

CAA Members enjoy up to 15% off their hotel stay as well as Starwood preferred guests bonuses. There are seven Starwood hotels in Montreal, with great variety and locations.

Top 5 Montreal Musts:

The cultural hub that is Montreal has so much to offer guests while they stay there. And while there are the typical historic sites and tourist attractions, here are my favourites to include in your visit:

  1. Cirque du Soleil – Translated to mean Circus of the Sun, this fantastical show was created in a small town in Quebec City. Since the Cirque du Soleil brought its performance to Montreal it has been a staple of the city in the old port with its blue and yellow tents. As well, Montreal is the location of the international headquarters, which hosts the training of all performers for the Cirque du Soleil, as well as the ateliers for all the costumes. Celebrating their 30th anniversary, Cirque du Soleil is presenting a brand new show called in Montreal called Kurios. The show takes you through a journey of an inventor traveling through time, space and dimension. Book your tickets in advance as this is a very popular event in Montreal, not to be missed. Don’t forget – CAA Members save up to 20% on various categories of tickets to selected Las Vegas shows as well as all Arena and Big Top Touring shows, and 10% on a wide assortment of merchandise at selected on-site boutiques.
  2. Old Montreal – the oldest part of Montreal, dating back to the 1600s, is rich with history and culture, unlike any other area, perhaps in Canada. Stroll the cobble stones streets to discover cafes, art studios and Quebec artisan shops that are truly unique. It’s also the best place in town to discover local designer clothing.
  3. Montreal Casino – If you are taking your bets on the races, why not a few more at the Montreal Casino? Newly renovated, the casino is known for its live shows as well, enjoying a night over at the casino is a great way to end the night. And if you are a real night owl, the Montreal Casino is open 24/7 with four restaurants and four bars. The Montreal Casino is located opposite the Old Port in Parc Jean-Drapeau.
  4. Visit a local museum – If you are an art aficionado, Montreal is a wonderful place to soak up some fine art. Over two dozen museums spread over the city so there is something for everyone. The most popular is The Museum of Fine Arts located in the center on Montreal with a vast collection in the permanent exhibit, available to see free of charge year round. The newest addition to the museums is the Grevin Wax Museum located in the Eaton Center on Saint-Catherine Street. Step into another world where superstars, sports idols and historical figures come together, and are ready to take selfies with you!
  5. Bon Appetit – I don’t know about you, but for me, going to a new city always requires tasting the local grub. Montreal is most famous for its bagels, smoke meat and poutine, but there is not one type of food you cannot find in Montreal. Cultural Montreal is home to so many delicious places to eat, ranging in style, budget and location. Here are my favourites, not to be missed:
  • Juliette et Chocolat – the ultimate place for the sweet tooth in you, Juliette et Chocolat is a wonderful stop located in the St Laurent district.
  • Cafe Pave – there is no comparison when it comes to a special sandwich. Cafe Pave has choices for meat lovers, vegetarians, as well as gluten-free diets.
  • When it comes to burgers, there is no better place than Mr. Steer’s on St. Catherine Street. This dinner-style restaurant is a Montreal landmark for burgers and shakes, and their famous Suzie-Q fries.
  • Jean Talon market is a great place to walk through, shop for speciality eats, and enjoy an Italian meal at one of the many restaurants nearby. Be sure to swing by Alati’s pastry shop for one of the best cannolis in Montreal.

Julia a.k.a. Mama MOE was a freelance fashion writer before she had three wonderful children (one plus twins!).  Her blog, Ask Mama MOE, is all about living a family-friendly life and ranges in topics. Always in a positive tone, Ask Mama MOE is great place for some parenting humor, DIY crafts, recipes and even some deep thoughts. Reviews and giveaways are also done on products Mama MOE herself is proud to use in her home. Be sure to check out Julia’s Montreal-based charity, SFTH. ( &

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