Montreal Grand Prix

Everyone’s eyes will be on our city for the Montreal Grand Prix (Formula 1 World Championship) in June 2019 – Montreal’s biggest weekend of the year!

F1 in Montreal is a total of 70 laps (189.5 miles) and takes place on June 9.

The Canadian Grand Prix is one of 21 races around the world, with only four of them in the Americas.

With the 2019 season already underway (Australian Grand Prix on March 17) it’s expected to be an outstanding year in racing.

One reason is the record number of races in the season, and the other – the 1000th Grand Prix race that will take place in China on April 14.

The 2019 Montreal Grand Prix schedule is as follows:

  • Friday June 7th 2019: Formula 1 Practice sessions
  • Saturday June 8th 2019: Formula 1 Qualifying sessions
  • Sunday June 9th 2019: Formula 1 Race (2pm-4pm)

Where is the the Montreal Grand Prix race track located?

The official track address of the Canadian Grand Prix is:

222 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Parc Jean-Drapeau
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3C 6A1

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This race track is just south of downtown Montreal. So, you can stay at a hotel right in the heart of the city center while still attending all of the races.

How to Get to the Canadian Grand Prix Race in Montreal by Subway?

The subway of Montreal, simply called the Metro is not only fast and convenient, but also modern and safe. Just exit at Jean-Drapeau Metro Station, which is on the Yellow Line and walk about 5 minutes to the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit.

The metro ride from downtown Montreal to the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit is just 15 minutes. Even if you have a car, it’s faster (and less frustrating) to travel to the Canadian Grand Prix race on Ile Notre Dame (which is French for Notre Dame Island).

There’s also a city bus (Bus no. 167 to take you from the metro directly to the track).

Can I Drive to the Grand Prix Race Track in Montreal?

Sure, you can drive to the Grand Prix race track, but it’s not recommended: not enough parking to accommodate the crowd. Parking is limited to Suite ticket holders. In addition to that, there’s the excessive traffic that you’ll definitely endure because of sheer volume and the unending Montreal construction sites all over town.

So, it is much better use public transport to get to the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit, which is situated on Ile Notre Dame.

But, if you really can’t part with your car, expect huge delays and keep in mind that Peel and Crescent Streets in downtown Montreal, and St-Paul Street in Old Montreal are closed on the race weekend.

Still interested in driving? Take the Jacques-Cartier Bridge and exit at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Once you get to Ile Notre Dame, there are 3 access points to the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit from the Gates at the:

  • Concorde Bridge
  • Cosmos Bridge
  • Montreal Casino

What Time Should You Get to Gilles Villeneuve Circuit Track for the F1 Race?

The Canadian Grand Prix has reserved seating for seats in the grandstand. That means there’s no worry with regards to rushing for the best seats. But, in order to get the best seats, you should buy tickets asap.

Meanwhile, there are also General Admission tickets, which are actually on a first-come, first-serve basis with regards to seating. In this case, you should arrive at the venue as early as you’re able to, in order to ensure the best possible seats.

Get there at 8 AM to enjoy other races before the Formula 1 Montreal race gets under way. The Ferrari Cup, Porsche Cup, and Touring Car races start at that time. This way, you get the most out of your day.

Is Food Available at the Montreal Grand Prix Track?

Hot dogs are available to all guests, as are other basic foods and drinks. Restaurants at the track are accessible only to Grandstand ticket holders. Being a huge event, it’s important to note that food can be quite pricey at the track. But, you can bring food!


Photo by Marcel Heil

Wheelchair access – available to Grandstands 21A and 41A. These are specifically built for spectators with limited mobility.

Good to Know

Play-by-play

Download the official F1 app to hear the play-by-play on your mobile phone. Or, bring a radio to hear the live broadcast to 99.1 or 104.3 FM, which are Radio Grand Prix stations.

Food & Drinks

Bring your own food and drinks to save money, since even the basics are kind of pricey. Consider paying $5 for one hot dog and about $10 for a beer!

Put your food in a backpack, a travel bag or a cooler. Any bag brought to the track can’t be larger than 22.8 cm x 45.7 cm x 25.4 cm (9″ x 18″ x 10″), so that they fit under your seat. There are no limitations as to the amount of food or drink to pack in your bag.

But, glass containers are prohibited on site and will be confiscated. They will be returned to you upon leaving the venue.

What’s Allowed at the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit?

  • You CAN bring folding chairs if you are a General Admission ticket holder.
  • You CAN bring promotional materials and items as well, but they must not block spectators’ views.
  • Legal service dogs or guide dogs ARE permitted on site.

What’s Not Permitted at the F1 Track?

  • Weapons
  • Firearms
  • Glass Items, Bottles, or Containers
  • BBQs
  • Generator powered electrical equipment
  • Animals
  • Smoking
  • Removing your shirt (being shirtless is prohibited)
  • Standing for extended periods of time (blocking the view of other spectators)
  • Sitting in staircases

Permitted and Highly Recommended:

  • Ear plugs (it’s loud)
  • Sunscreen
  • Cap/Hat to protect from the sun
  • Comfortable walking shoes (there’s going to be a lot of walking)
  • Bottled Water
  • Gel Seat cushions for comfort as Grandstand seats aren’t so comfortable
  • Folding chairs for General Admission ticket holders. Or sit high in the bleachers by the Senna Curve.

We put together this information to ensure your day at the F1 or your weekend getaway in Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix 2019 is everything you want it to be. Welcome and enjoy!

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