Need To Know: 2019 Canadian Grand Prix

Formula 1 heads to Montreal for the 40th time as Circuit Gilles Villeneuve provides the action for Round 7 of the season. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend on June 7-9, 2019!

Montreal is the place to be over Grand Prix weekend, with the city embracing the influx of F1 fans. The metropolitan area is inhabited by 4 million people; a growth of around 1 million since the sport first visited the circuit on the Ile Notre Dame island in 1978. This will be the 40th Formula 1 race to be held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, and this year we’ll see the circuit’s impressive new pit complex in action for the first time. The easiest way to get to the circuit is by metro. You can find more useful tips on how to get to the track here. From parties on Crescent Street to the best places to dine, we’ve rounded up the places to visit on your Canadian Grand Prix trip in Off Track Activities.

Heading to Montreal for the first time? All the essential travel information you need is in Travel Basics.

The Canadian Grand Prix was the best-attended Grand Prix in 2017, with 360,000 fans in attendance. According to official figures, the numbers dropped in 2018, but there is some debate over the accuracy of this. Part of the draw to the event is the cost of the tickets. The event has the sixth cheapest 3-day general admission tickets of the 2019 season, as well as the fifth-cheapest three day grandstand tickets. In addition, it’s also the third most affordable Grand Prix for locals to attend, behind Japan and Austria, with locals spending only 2.8% of the average monthly wage for tickets to the event.

Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the Canadian Grand Prix!

The circuit will host its usual “Open House” event on the Thursday before the on-track action begins. The event includes a pit walk, and starts at 9:30am. You can find out more about it here. As well as Formula 1 action, you’ll also see three support series on track – F1600, Porsche Cup Challenge and Ferrari Challenge. You can find all the vital information about watching the race, including session times, on our updated Trackside page.

What to look forward to at the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix

The Canadian Grand Prix offers one of the best-organised trackside experiences of any Grand Prix in the world and, paired with its location in thriving Montreal, it’s easy to see why so many fans return year after year. The races may have been off the boil in recent seasons, but the weekend can still have its unpredictable and exciting moments – such as the eventful 2007 race, which saw Lewis Hamilton seal his maiden victory, the epic 2011 race won by Jenson Button and Daniel Ricciardo’s debut win in 2014.

You can read more about the history of the event in Race Facts.

There are plenty of events occurring away from the race track on Grand Prix weekend, including the Eureka Science Festival, at the Montreal Old Port. The event features 100 free outdoor activities for the whole family. Elsewhere, Adam Sandler will be performing at the Bell Centre on Saturday. You can find more events in Montreal here.

If you’re not in Montreal for this year’s Canadian Grand Prix but want to attend next year, you can start early preparations for your trip in 2020 by checking out the best available hotels and what the local area has to offer!

Any questions about the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix weekend? Ask in the comments below or find us on Twitter and we’ll do our best to answer!

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Nicky Haldenby is a Formula One writer from Scarborough, England. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. After graduating from University in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature, he founded his own F1 website and now regularly writes articles about both the sport's history and current affairs.

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