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The Canadian Grand Prix is located in the thriving metropolitan city of Montreal, offering an abundance of entertainment both on and off the track. The circuit itself is designed to include a wide range of breath-taking corners and straights, providing spectators with great views of the drivers handling ability of their vehicles.

To help you decide where to sit for the duration of the event, we’ve compiled a useful guide to the various grandstand options on offer. All grandstands are equipped with a large TV from which spectators can watch the entirety of the action unfold, but it should be noted that for covered seating, guests most opt for VIP packages as no grandstands are covered.

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General Admission

General admission viewing areas tend to be fairly obstructed by the surrounding trees on the Montreal track, with high walls separating spectators from the real heart of the action. It’s generally only recommend that taller people opt for general admission for their own comfort away from more constricting seats, as views can be quite limited here.

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Grandstand 1 & 2

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Grandstand’s one and two offer the best view of pre-grid activities at the start/finish line, and are ideal for those wishing to see the podium celebrations at the end of the event. These grandstands also offer some great views of the pit stops for the race.

Grandstand 11 & 12

These Grandstands are also ideally located for views of the start and finish line, although their
distance from this area provides additionally great viewing of Turns 1 and 2. These are two of the
most popular options for the track because of the multiple passing opportunities the turns they are situated at provide.

Grandstand 15

Grandstand 15 offers superb viewing of the track’s hairpin corner, with broader views of the
approach and straight following the tight turn. This is a great option for some thrilling hairs on the back of your neck viewing.

Grandstand 21 & 24

These grandstands offer excellent viewing of areas of the track where overtaking is highly likely to take place, located right next to the track for some up close action. This is a great option for seeing a range of driving skills displayed, with guaranteed views of extreme the extreme braking and acceleration F1 cars are made for.

Grandstand 31 & 33

Located immediately after the chicanes on the track, this grandstand guarantees some excellent
viewing of one of the hardest sections of the track to manoeuvre.

Popular Grandstand

This elevated grandstand provides spectators with the chance to experience the true glory of F1 cars at full acceleration. With overtaking and some great viewing of the drivers exiting the hairpin turn, this option will provide a varied range of action on the track.

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  • Circuit Gilles Villenueve
  • Timeline
  • 2002 to date
  • 1996-2001
  • 1994-95
  • 1991-93
  • 1988-90
  • 1979-86
  • 1978

2002 to date

  • Grand Prix Circuit

    2.710 miles / 4.361 km

Circuit Info

Address: 2170 Pierre-Dupuy Avenue, Office 100, Montreal, Quebec H3C 3R4

PH: +1 514-350-4731

Circuit type: Temporary closed road course


Circuit History

One of the most relaxed and enjoyable race meetings on the calendar, the Canadian GP has found its long-term home in Montréal, on a circuit now named after the nation's favourite driver, Gilles Villeneuve.

In fact, it was Villeneuve who provided the fans with a fairytale debut victory on the first running of the race in 1978. It was perhaps inevitable the the Circuit Notre-Dame would be renamed in Villeneuve's honour after his untimely death in 1982.

But it was not with motorsport in mind that the man-made island in the St Lawrence Seaway was originally constructed; it was created instead as a venue for Expo '67. The futuristic parkland setting included one of Buckminster Fuller's first domes (remnants of which remain to this day) and a lagoon in the centre.

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When Expo vacated in 1968, the site struggled on for years as a standing collection of international pavilions known as 'Man and His World.' However, as attendance declined, the physical condition of the site deteriorated, and less and less of it was open to the public. However, for the 1976 Olympics, a rowing strip was created alongside and roads were built connecting the various points on the island.

When the Olympics finished, the island had only a short period of inactivity, as Canadian motorsport needed a new venue for its premier race - and driver - as Mosport havd become unsuitable for modern F1 cars.

The Ile Notre-Dame was thus prepared in double-quick time to a design by Roger Peart for the penultimate race of the '78 season. A capacity crowd, which included Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, was thus able to spur Gilles onto victory.

Genrally popular with the drivers, the circuit was given a few modifications in time for the 1979 to remove initial complaints. Characterised by twisty sections joined by high-speed straights and tight hairpins, Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve is certainly a test of endurance and braking for the cars.

Initially, the pits were located directly after the hairpin at the northern end of the course, with temporary structures leaving the teams exposed to the elements. A lull in activities in 1987 caused by a dispute between sponsors Labatt's and Molson allowed time for a circuit upgrade and new pit facilities to be built further around the lap, while the corners before the Island hairpin were 'smoothed' to form a longer pit straight.

Further modifications to the final chicane before the new pits were conducted after Derek Warwick crashed heavily during practice for the 1988 race. In 1994 and 1995, in the heightened safety consciousness post-Senna's death, a temporary chicane was inserted before the Casino curves, making use of what was the exit tarmac for the original pitlane. More major changes came with the removal of the sweepers on the back straight altogether and further reprofiling of the final chicane - which has certainly proved to be a corner that 'bites', as messers Hill, Villeneuve and Schumacher have demonstrated in recent years! In fact, the chicance is now usually referred to as 'Champion's Corner'...


Other significant changes came in 2002, with a modification of the pit lane exit into Turn 1, which had itself had seen greater runoff installed. The Turn 10 hairpin was also taken further back towards the Turn 8/9 chicane, allowing a tarmac runoff to be used instead of gravel. The wall at the infamous Turn 15 'Champion's Corner' has also been moved further back and a rubber-belted tyre wall added.

Circuit Gilles Villenueve has earned a relatively unique distinction, in being one of the few circuits to hosts both Formula One, ChampCar, Grand Am and NASCAR races ion the same layout, providing an interesting comparison between the various formulae. Bewtwen 2002 and 2006 it was the turn of the ChampCars to take up the second race meeting slot, whereas from 2007 the NASCAR Busch/Nationwide Series held a double card event with Grand Am's Rolex Series. From 2013 the circuit has reverted to being a Formula One host only.

Getting There

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is located on Île Notre-Dame in central Montreal. The nearest airport is Pierre Elliott-Trudeau International Airport. From the terminal, you can reach the downtown core in less than 20 minutes. Shuttle buses, taxis and limousines, service all major downtown hotels from the airport. On Grand Prix weekends, there is no parking on the island itself and spaces are in short supply in the downtown areas near to the circuit. Racegoers are strongly advised to make use of Montreal's public transport network. Plan a 40-minute subway ride if you are departing from the North End of Montreal, a 25-minute ride from any downtown station and 15 minutes from the South Shore (Longueuil Station). By buying your transport tickets in advance for your return trip at the end of the event, you will avoid queues at fare vending machines and metro fare collectors.

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