2023 Canadian Grand Prix: Everything You Need to Know Before Attending

After a three year absence, Formula 1 is finally back in Montreal for the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of attending the race on June 17-19, 2022!

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Ile Notre Dame island is one of Formula 1’s most enduring and most loved circuits. After a two season enforced absence due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Montreal track will host F1 for the 41st time in 2022, seeing it equal the Nurburgring as the circuit to have hosted the fifth most Grands Prix.

Magical Montreal

The metropolitan area of Montreal 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. The city is the place to be over Grand Prix weekend, as it embraces the influx of F1 fans.

There will be a number of F1-themed events taking place across the city in the build up to the Grand Prix. From festivals and Grand Prix parties to events laid on by Formula 1 teams, there’s something for everyone off track in the city.

We’ve rounded up the best off-track activities, including the parties on Crescent Street, the best places to dine and other nearby attractions to visit on your Canadian Grand Prix trip in Off Track Activities.

Montreal is served by a number of public transport links, with the Metro being the easiest way of reaching the track. Take a look at our guide to accessing the circuit for further information on getting around the city.

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

One of the best-attended races of the year

The Canadian Grand Prix claimed the title of best-attended Grand Prix in 2017, with 360,000 fans in attendance. Though its impressive figures have since been overtaken by other big races in Britain, the United States and Mexico, the event was the fourth-best attended event of the season last time it was held in 2019. Tickets for the 2022 race are mostly sold out, so you can expect a busy trackside experience this weekend.

Part of the draw to the event is the cost of the tickets. The event had 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 only 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!

Trackside at the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix

A fan favourite, the circuit will host its usual “Open House” event on Thursday before the on-track action begins. The event includes a pit walk, and runs from 09:00 to 12:00. A limited number of free tickets were available, but these are now sold out. It’s still possible to purchase tickets for Thursday, priced at $30 CAD + taxes, via this link.

As well as Formula 1 action, you’ll also see three support series on track in Canada this year – F1600 and Ferrari Challenge. You can find all the vital information about watching the race, including session times, on our updated Trackside page.

If you’re not in Montreal for this year’s race but want to attend next year, you can start early preparations for your trip in 2024 by checking out our extensive Canadian Grand Prix travel guide.

6 thoughts on “2023 Canadian Grand Prix: Everything You Need to Know Before Attending”

  1. hi, I saw in a 2022 blog you can take small coolers of food and drink, is this valid for this year?

    1. Yes it is valid, you can bring a cooler with drinks and food, but no alcohol or glass items. Cooler bag dimensions as follows:
      Height: 22.8 cm (9 in)
      Length: 45.7 cm (18 in)
      Depth: 25.4 cm (10 in)
      It’s all listed in the FAQs here.

  2. Hi, do you know if you buy tickets indirectly through F1destinations to this GP if you get first dibs on tickets for the following year? Or does this only work if you buy directly through the Montreal track?

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