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Each year, the roar and excitement of Formula 1 comes to Canada just once to the beautiful Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Situated just outside of the heart of downtown Montreal on the St. Lawrence River, the historic track brings in thousands of fans from all around the world for one weekend packed with exciting activities.

 

This weekend has always been huge for McLaren, and this year was no exception now with our friends at McLaren Montreal operating at 100%. McLaren Montreal, located in Laval, now offers McLaren customers from Quebec a place to call home with service that is second to none in the province.

Leading up to the highly anticipated weekend of June 9th, the McLaren Club of Canada launched their second annual Road to the Canadian Grand Prix Rally. The rally, which begins in Woodbridge at McLaren Toronto, brings McLaren owners and enthusiasts together for a scenic journey from Toronto to Montreal with epic stops along the way.

Departing from McLaren Toronto, the group took off north through twisting back country roads on the way to Peterborough for the first official stop, lunch at the Ashburnham Ale House, which is a community driven Craft Beer Cafe serving up great food and a wide selection of craft brewed beer.

With blood sugar up and belly’s full, the group continued on for the longer leg of the drive leading to the final Day 1 stop at the Andaz hotel in Ottawa, where those from Toronto met up with participants from Ottawa and Montreal. Upon arrival at the Andaz, the groups cars were shined up while drivers continued on for an elegant dinner at E18teen located in Ottawa’s Byward Market. E18teen provides upmarket seafood & steak dishes with a wide variety of wines to pair.

Well rested, the rally goers began their Day 2 adventure departing Ottawa and heading for Mont-Tremblant and the Restau Pub au Coin for lunch. This first stop of the day offered up a great photo location while the group enjoyed good food and a quick break before the days next activities.

A quick drive down the street brought the rally to its next location, Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant / Jim Russel Karting for some friendly GoKarting. The track offered up a great opportunity to let loose and test skill, with fast karts and room to move.

After a successful session at the karting track, the group continued on to the final stop of a relaxed Day 2, ending at the Westin Mont-Tremblant to check in and freshen up for dinner at Choux Gras Brasserie Cullinaire for a dinner that can only be described as truly epic!

Day 3, the last leg of the Road to the Canadian Grand Prix, was met with some surprises as the group departed Mont-Tremblant on route to Autodrome St-Eustache for some on track driving, drag racing, and BBQ. Motorsports in Action was on site and surprised the group with some lapping in the raw and unhinged McLaren 650S GT3. Driven by resident race car driver Chris Green, rally goers got an experience they will not soon forget. The track experience ended with a full tour of the M.I.A McLaren race shop, showcasing some incredible vehicles.

The next and last leg of the journey saw an exciting end to the Road to the Canadian Grand Prix, as the group begin the drive into a busy and lively downtown Montreal. In the wake of the coming F1 weekend, Montreal comes alive with street corners filled with people as some of the worlds most incredible vehicles cruise through town to their final destinations.

Day 3 ended with a surprise limo ride to McLaren Montreal for an incredible dinner and event. Featuring a tasting of Rémy Martin Louis XIII, and an unreal display of McLaren vehicles, the night perfectly encompassed the spirit of Formula 1 and Quebec culture.