Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is situated on an island in the St. Lawrence Seaway, just one metro stop from downtown Montréal. Check out the on-track schedule and start planning your weekend at the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix on 6-9 June!
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is located on Île Notre-Dame, a man-made island in the St. Lawrence Seaway that was constructed for the 1967 World's Fair. Together with neighbouring Île Sainte-Hélène, it makes up Parc Jean Drapeau, one of Montreal's most popular recreational spaces. The organisers offer several trackside zones for fans, including the Park & Cosmos Zone, which has food, drink and merchandise stalls and the Monster Energy Compound for acrobatic motocross exhibitions. Other places to check out are the Beach Zone behind the Podium and Senna Suites (DJ, beach games and a bar-terrace), Heineken Terrace next to the lagoon and Family Zone with activities for children, located near the Family Grandstand. Permanent attractions on Parc Jean Drapeau include:
- Casino de Montreal: worth a visit to escape the crowds, even if you don't want to place any bets. The Casino also has several restaurants if you've had enough of the trackside fare.
- La Ronde Amuseument Park: the second-largest amusement park in Canada has 40 rides, including "Le Monstre," the highest double-tracked roller coaster in the world.
Biosphere Environmental Museum: the distinctive dome that once hosted the United States pavllion during Expo 67 is now a popular museum.
Open House & The Grand Walk
The 2019 Canadian Grand Prix weekend officially starts on Thursday morning with an Open House from 9:30am to midday. This is open to the general public and gives you the opportunity to walk the circuit and the pit lane. An autograph session with the F1 drivers is also scheduled for 10am to midday. Access to the F1 Activation Zone will also be available from 10am to 3pm, while F1 Experiences' Thursday activities kick off at 5pm.
Support a good cause on Friday 8 June by taking part in The Grand Walk at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. From 7-9pm, you’ll be able to walk a lap of the circuit in support of Heart and Stroke charities. Tickets cost $45 in advance or $50 at the gate (subject to availability). More information here.
In addition to over six hours of on-track Formula 1 action, three support series will be racing at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Drivers in the Ferrari Challenge, Porsche Cup Challenge and F1600 series will each take part in practice, qualifying and two races over the course of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend. The support race paddock is situated behind Grandstand 15 at the hairpin and access is open to all spectators.
Thursday 6 June
|Promoter activity||Open House||09:30 - 12:00|
|F1 Experiences||Exclusive Pit Lane Walk||17:00 - 17:30|
|F1 Experiences||Guided Track Tour & Photo Op with Championship Trophies||17:30 - 18:30|
Friday 7 June
|Ferrari Challenge||Practice Session||08:55 - 09:15|
|Formula 1||Practice Session (FP1)||10:00 - 11:30|
|Porsche Cup Challenge||Practice Session||11:55 - 12:35|
|Formula 1||Practice Session (FP2)||14:00 - 15:30|
|F1600||Practice Session||15:55 - 16:25|
|Ferrari Challenge||Practice Session||16:50 - 17:10|
|Porsche Cup Challenge||Qualifying Session||17:35 - 18:15|
|Promoter Activity||The Grand Walk||19:00-21:00|
Saturday 8 June
|F1600||Qualifying Session||09:00 - 09:30|
|Formula 1||Practice Session (FP3)||11:00 - 12:00|
|Ferrari Challenge||Qualifying Session||12:20 - 12:55|
|Formula 1||Qualifying Session||14:00 - 15:00|
|Ferrari Challenge||First Race (15 laps / 25 mins)||15:30 - 16:00|
|Porsche Cup Challenge||First Race (19 laps / 30 mins)||16:30 - 17:05|
|F 1600||First Race (15 laps / 25 mins)||17:35 - 18:05|
|F1 Experiences||Guided Track Tour||18:15 - 19:00|
Sunday 9 June
|F1600||Second Race (15 laps / 25 mins)||09:15 - 09:45|
|Porsche Cup Challenge||First Race (19 laps / 30 mins)||10:15 - 10:50|
|Ferrari Challenge||Second Race (15 laps / 25 mins)||11:15 - 11:45|
|Formula 1||Formula 1 Drivers' Parade||12:30 - 13:00|
|Formula 1||Starting Grid Presentation||13:00-13:15|
|Formula 1||2019 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix||14:10 -16:10|
Good to know
- The best way to get to the circuit is to take the Metro. Three-day tickets with unlimited rides cost $19 CAD. Don't be in a hurry to leave the circuit at peak times, when the Jean Drapeau Metro Station can get overcrowded. More information in our Getting Around Guide for the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix.
- Click here to check the list of authorised and prohibited items when entering Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
- Click here for a circuit map.
- More information about the best things to do can be found in our 2019 Canadian Grand Prix Travel Guide.
- Learn more about the best off-track activities in Montréal: What’s happening in Montréal on 2019 Canadian GP weekend?