Trackside at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve – 2024 Canadian Grand Prix

Plan your weekend at the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix 2024. Access, race schedule & trackside tips at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is located on Île Notre-Dame, an artificial island in the St Lawrence Seaway close to Old Montreal. Together with neighboring Île Sainte-Hélène, the two islands make up one of Montreal’s largest city parks, known as Parc Jean-Drapeau. Much like Albert Park in Melbourne, the city park setting is the perfect backdrop for a weekend of Formula 1 and access is easy. Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is connected to downtown Montreal via the Parc Jean-Drapeau metro station on Île Sainte-Hélène , which is just one stop from the centre of the city. The park was the site of the World Expo in 1967 and several structures remain on Île Sainte-Hélène , including the distinctive biosphere dome, now home to an environmental museum,  & La Ronde Amusement Park. The park and its attractions are well worth exploring if you have time before, during or after race weekend.

As attendances at the Canadian Grand Prix have grown in recent years, the tight confines of the small man-made island on which the circuit is located have been an issue at peak times. Whilst we still recommend taking the Metro, arriving and departing the circuit still requires crossing one of only two bridges. Get there early and leave late to avoid the worst bottlenecks.

Access to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

  • Gate Opening Times: Friday: 08:30-19:30, Saturday: 07:30-19:30, Sunday 08:30-19:30 (TBC for 2024)
  • Prohibited Items: You are allowed to bring food and drinks into the circuit, as long as there is no glass. Foldable chairs are also allowed in General Admission. Unfortunately, it’s no longer allowed to bring in your own beer or alcohol to the circuit – this must now be bought inside. Click here for the current list of prohibited items and general entry requirements.
  • Bridge Access: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is located on an island and is accessed via several bridges (see circuit map), two of which are closest when arriving via the Metro. If you are seated in the Grandstands around the hairpin or Grandstand 33, it’s best to enter the track by the Pont du Cosmos, close to the biosphere (the distinctive dome inside the track). This brings you to the outside of the circuit close to Grandstand 21. If you are in Grandstand 31 or any of the grandstands around the start or on the Senna curve, then you are best entering the track using the Pont des Îles, which goes to the inside of the track, across from Grandstand 31. Check the map here for bridges and access to the circuit.
View from Grandstand 11 at Canadian Grand Prix

2024 Canadian Grand Prix Schedule

  • On-Track Timetable: Full timings will not be confirmed until around 4-6 weeks before the race. F1 session times have been announced for 2024 and are listed below.
  • Support Categories: Not yet announced for 2024. Last year, the Ferrari Challenge and F1600 were the main support categories in Canada.
  • Pit Lane Walk: Last year, a pit lane walk took place on Thursday from 09:00-12:00 (last admission was at 10:30). The circuit remained open until 15:00, allowing fans to soak up the atmosphere and witness the FIA Safety and Medical Cars complete high speed laps of the track. Previously known as ‘Open House’ and open to all ticket holders to attend for free,  this event was ticketed for the first time in 2023. Most tickets for Thursday activities were priced at around $30 CAD. Details of Thursday activities at the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix will not be confirmed until closer to race weekend.

Friday, June 7

  • 13:30 – 14:30: Formula 1 – First Practice Session (FP1)
  • 17:00 – 18:00: Formula 1 – Second Practice Session (FP2)

Saturday, June 8

  • 12:30 – 13:30: Formula 1 – Third Practice Session (FP3)
  • 16:00 – 17:00: Formula 1 – Qualifying Session

Sunday, June 9

  • 11:50 – 12:20: Formula 1 Drivers’ Parade (TBC)
  • 14:00 – 16:00: Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada 2024 (70 laps or 2 hours)

Amenities & Entertainment at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve:

  • Food & Drink: As with most F1 circuits, the quality of food on offer at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is generally poor and the prices are high. For typical fast food fare such as a slice of pizza or a hotdog, expect to pay from around $5 CAD – there are some pricier options as well. Food stands are placed within the vicinity of most grandstands.
  • Fanzones: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is separated into different spectator zones, where you can hang out between on-track sessions, buy food and drink, and take part in F1-themed activities. The F1 Fanzone is located in the Park & Cosmos Zone.
  • Merchandise: Outlets with the latest F1 team gear are dotted around the track, with the largest selection to be found in the stretch between Grandstand 21 and 31. There are also merchandise outlets, as well as promotional displays from various companies in the centre of the circuit close to the Budweiser stage, which provides music and entertainment all weekend.
  • Support Race Paddock: If you have some time between the on-track action, be sure to have a look at the Support race paddock, tucked in behind Grandstand 15. The pits provide a great opportunity to get up close to all manner of racing cars from Formula 1600s to historic F1 cars. The teams are usually very friendly, happy to chat and willing to let you check out their cars up close.
  • Toilets: There are plenty of toilets at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve – both portable and permanent park facilities. Apart from peak times over the weekend, queues are not excessive.

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: Useful Information

  • Tickets: Even if you’ve purchased 3-day tickets, you’ll still receive individual tickets for each day of the weekend. Pass outs are available on the day, but you’ll need to scan your ticket when leaving.
  • Trackside Radio: Tune in to Radio Grand Prix at 99.1 FM or 104.3 FM 
  • Montreal Casino: One of the largest casinos in the world is located in the middle of the circuit. It is open during the race weekend and is a good place to grab a cold beer or something to eat at the end of the day while you wait for the crowds leaving the circuit to die down. If you want to lighten your wallet, the casino staff will be only too happy to help you out. More info here.

Been to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve? Leave a comment with your trackside tips! 

182 thoughts on “Trackside at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve – 2024 Canadian Grand Prix”

  1. Hi. I have bought a weekend ticket for grandstand 34 this year (2016). Having read this article, would this ticket include the pit walk on the Thursday morning? Thanks.

      1. Thanks for having information about the pit walk on Thursday. Do you know if the times will be the same for the 2016 GP?

        1. Hi Ryan, the pit walk on Thursday has been held at the same time for years, so we don’t expect it to change this year. The organizers should publish the final schedule around 4-6 weeks ahead of the race.

      2. I bought general admission tickets for this years race as the grand stands sold out too fast to purchase. Once I’m there, if there happens to be openings in the grand stands, would I have an option to upgrade to a grandstand?

        1. No I don’t think this will be an option. However, it should be quieter on Friday. Maybe you can find someone willing to let you sit in their seat on Friday, or find some way to get in on this day. But generally, the event is a sell out and there won’t be upgrade options.

      3. Hi I’m following this thread after reading the main article. I just noticed this was dated 2016. If I’ve purchased a Fri-Sun grandstand pass for the 2023 Grand Prix, does this still give us Thursday access for the 9-12 pitwalk session? Thanks

          1. Hi Andrew. I bought tickets for 2024. Where do these pitwalk tickets go on sale? Also is there a way to get notified when they do so I don’t miss out. I feel they will sell fast. Thanks

  2. Amalia Cabusay

    Is there a pit pass on Saturday, with fee in Canadian F1 grand prix? If so, how can I get it?

    1. A so-called “pit pass” is not really available for F1 events, but F1 Experiences does offer several packages that could interest you for the Canadian GP. More info here.

  3. Where is the autograph session held and how long before you have to show up? Also is it gonna be all drivers or only select ones ?

    1. Details haven’t yet been announced for 2018, but you have 2017 info on this page. It’s likely to be the same. Normally you won’t see all the drivers. It always pays to get there early for these kind of sessions, 1-2 hours before it starts

      1. hi, if you buy a general admission ticket are there good spots to watch the race. do you have to buy a general admission ticket to be able to get in?

        1. Yes, you need to purchase a general admission ticket to enter the circuit. To be honest, there are not many good spots to watch in GA in Canada, and big crowds mean the best spots get reserved early

  4. We have senior-discount family grandstand tickets for 2018 (all 3 days). We also have a handicapped placard for our car (USA) because one of us has breathing and balance issues and can’t walk very far (but does not use a wheelchair). Is there access to handicapped parking on race weekend? Will our placard enable us to access it? If yes to both of those, how should we take our car onto the island? There doesn’t seem to be any information about this at the official website. Thanks for whatever you can tell us.

  5. Hi, so regardless of where your seats are you can bring in outside food and drink, including alcohol (no glass)? I just want to confirm that.

    1. Jason MacCallum

      Correct. From the GP Canada website:
      Authorised items

      •Video and still-image cameras (images for personal use only);
      •Portable radios (you can tune in to Radio Grand Prix 99.1 FM and 104.5 FM);
      •Food (for personal use only);
      •Alcohol (glass containers are forbidden);
      •Foldable chairs (General Admission);
      •Promotional items that do not disturb other spectators;
      •Strollers, walkers and wheelchairs;
      •Cigarettes, cigars, E-cigarettes and vaporizers are permitted on-site. However, in accordance to the tobacco control law, smoking is strictly forbidden in the grandstands, the suites terraces and enclosed areas;
      •Authorized coolers and bags must respect the following dimensions:
      Height: 22.8 cm (9 in)
      Length: 45.7 cm (18 in)
      Depth: 25.4 cm (10 in)
      Grandstand ticket holders must place their cooler or bag underneath their seats.

  6. hello i am intending to go to this race in 2019; is there still a pitwalk on thursday for weekend ticketholers or do you have to buy now the special F1 experiences package?

    1. Yes, there is still “Open House” on Thursday with Pit Lane Walk for weekend ticketholders. F1 Experiences also has a separate Pit Lane Walk on Thursday.

  7. Belinda Anderson

    Can you tell me if taxis can drive to the track or if there is parking available for rental cars?? If not, what is the best way to get to the track from Griffintown?

    1. Leave the car at home. There is a taxi stand on St Helen’s Island near the Concorde Bridge, but traffic can be a problem and the queues at the end of the day are long. Better to take the metro or even just walk back to the city and take a taxi from there.

  8. great information. We will be first time attenders for June 2019 and the information was very very helpful. Thanks so much!!

  9. Is there wheelchair accessibility up to the Lance Stroll grandstand? My husband can walk for short distances, so will be able to get to his seat, but would need a wheelchair up to that point. Is there anywhere to store the wheelchair on the grounds while seated for the race?

    1. Hi Heidi, I’m not sure, sorry. I suggest asking the circuit this question on social media (Twitter or Facebook). Let us know if you get a response

  10. Hi
    Was wondering what are the food vendors (food trucks, fast food) and type (burgers, pizza, hot dogs?)and restaurants in the venue and range of pricing for both. Can’t find specifics anywhere (trying to figure out if I want to bring snacks or real food)
    Thanks

    1. Sorry Sam, not sure. I’m going myself this weekend, so will be sure to update the guide for next year. You can normally expect high prices at the track, but I’m hoping the food offer in Canada is better quality than at some other races.

  11. Hey, Im thinking to attend to the 2020 Canadian GP. Im wondering on some of the info for the past years on Opening House. WillI meet most of the F1 drivers? at the end of the pitlane? Should I arrive early to meet them?(If so, when?)Can i have autographs with different drivers? These are the questions I want to know.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Kimi, I was there in Canada this year and I went to the Open House on Thursday. There was a lot of people! It was well organized, but if you want to get autographs you will need to be there very early – I went later and it was impossible to get close for autographs. You may look at other strategies for getting autographs – e.g. hanging out at the hotels downtown where the drivers stay.

      1. Thanks! Also, do you know how to get to grandstand 1 or the pit exit the fastest way? So that I dont need to be waiting on a huge waiting line of autographs.
        Thanks.

        1. There’s only one way in for the Open House, via the Metro and Cosmos Bridge. After that you have to take the buses around the circuit to the pit exit, which is where the autograph session and walk are held. So you just need to get there early and line up near the Cosmos Bridge.

          1. Note: Sorry for posting the same thing again, I accidentally reply at the wrong place the first time

            Is it the 777 bus or the bus that F1 provided themselves? Also, should I wait at the bus station or at the bridge? If I should wait at the bridge, which side of the bridge? One last thing, is the circuit/bus available before 9am?
            Thank you very much for answering a lot of my questions

          2. No, these are buses provided specially for the Open House – they run on the track itself. I’m not sure where the queue begins. I had to wait near the Biosphere last year, but people were queued up over the bridge. The buses started on the other side of the Cosmos bridge. Hope that helps!

  12. Hi we are booked for Grandstand 11 for the weekend. I see you are allowed to brink drinks, food and alcohol in as long as no glass. So tins of beer/cider should be ok carried in a cooler? Also can you come and go from the track ? We might want to leave and grab something to eat outside, is there any places near by that could be recommended ? Thanks

    1. Hi Janey, unfortunately you are no longer allowed to bring alcohol purchased off site into Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. More information here. I believe that pass outs are available. The best place to go for food and drink is the Casino. There’s a couple of restaurants, including one quite affordable one.

  13. Hi Andrew I’m hoping you can help me here. I was with a large group planning to go in 2020 before COIVD has delayed it since. It was going to be most of our first time however a friend who had gone in previous years advised we buy GA passes for the weekend + tickets for a “Terrace” that wasn’t that well known but a great viewing experience. On track level at a hairpin turn with tables, servers, & private washrooms. I believe they sold tickets but it was 1st come 1st serve so we were going to head in early race day. Now given that it’s been almost 2 years and we’ve never been to the event before, I’m having a hard time finding the name/website for this terrace, to know if it will still be on for 2022, who I can contact to double check we still have tickets, etc. Does this ring a bell at all? And if so can you point me in the right direction?

    1. Hi Chad, honestly this didn’t ring a bell for me, but after a bit of digging around on the promoter site (GPCanada.ca) I’ve found the CGV Terrace and the CGV Terrace VIP – both of these are located on the outside of Turn 2 and these are an add-on as you suggested. However, these are only for fans who already have a seat in Grandstands 1, 11, 12 or the Platine Grandstand. Prices look pretty reasonable too, but I’d suggest buying in advance as tickets for the race are in high demand this year. I suggest you trying to go back over your email and find the exact booking details from 2019, plus information about transferring to the next edition of the race – before going ahead and rebooking for 2022.

  14. Hello. Looking to go to Montreal GP. This is my first F1 race and your site has proven to be extremely helpful! Can you please tell me if gpticketshop.com is a good website to use? I think you listed a similarly named website is a good website (mygpticket.com). Their prices are quite different from all others and I can’t tell if I’m getting all three days for the GP. Also, is it standard to not be able to see where the seats are for a gp? I’ve looked in so many places for a seat map for this venue that shows actual rows, etc. but not only can’t o find a seat map to show how the rows, sections, and seats are numbered, a lot of the ticket sites do not show this on the ticket. Please help and thank you in advance!!!

    1. Hi Genera, the problem is that most tickets for the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix are now sold out. The promoter (GPCanada.ca) sold out in 90 minutes! We recommend Grand Prix Ticket (GPT), but there’s only a couple of different tickets still remaining in our ticketshop. As for the other sites you mentioned, I don’t know much – but gpticketshop.com is reputable. As for the seating map, this is normally only available from the official site/promoter site, in this case GPCanada.ca – but as tickets are already sold out there, I guess the seating map is no longer available.

  15. Thank you so much for the quick response! I’ve been going back and forth and found tickets on seatgeek, ticket city, and so on and I’m just so confused about which ticket price is reasonably priced and which is well above the actual ticket price. GPticketshop came in well under the others, so I questioned the legitimacy of the price (almost too good to be true). I tried the ticket shop link, but nothing came up for me to select tickets. When I visit goo tickets, only GA and child tickets are available. Thank you for confirming gpticketshop.com is a legitimate website. Once I take the plunge on thr tickets, perhaps I’ll check back with you for hotels?! Again, thank you for your prompt response. It helps with making near real time decisions!

    1. Happy to help. The prices for official outlets should be fairly similar, but the problem is when the event is in high demand and the resellers get involved. Definitely try to avoid the likes of seatgeek, vivid, etc as they are generally overpriced and no guarantee on the authenticity. Right now you can get lucky with official ticket agents, as some still have tickets left at good prices, as you discovered with gpticketshop. Happy to help with hotels as well, you can read more here. If you buy through one of the Booking.com links on this page, we get a small commission :)

  16. Just purchased and I can’t thank you enough for the help! For sure I will be going through your booking.com site for hotels. I’m not familiar with the area so I’ll be using it to navigate the hotels nearest to the track. Enjoy your day!

    1. No worries! The circuit is located on an island but close to the city centre. I recommend staying near a metro station, as that’s the easiest way to get to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

  17. Hi Andrew,
    We were lucky enough to secure our tickets mid December for the race in June. I looked online for our seat selections, after a couple dull months of winter, and see we are in section 9 row c seat 21. I can’t for the life of me find a proper seating chart anywhere and the tickets don’t indicate which grandstand. Tickets = gpcanada website as I don’t physically have the tickets yet.

    Any idea where section 9 row c is?

    Regards from PEI

    1. You didn’t mention which grandstand you have bought tickets in? Sorry, really not sure how to get a seating chart. I assume these were available on the GPCanada.ca website, but not anymore as tickets were sold out there very quickly.

  18. Caroline Fabre

    Hello Andrew,
    I hope you are doing great.
    Thank you so much for all the tips provided here, it is so so valuable. I will be attending the GP with my sister with general admission tickets.
    Is there any particular place around track that is better than the others for GA?

    1. Hi Caroline, thanks for the kind words. To be honest, most fans agree that the General Admission zones are not great in Canada. Not much elevation and the areas are quite small and can become quite crowded. The best idea if you are going for all three days is to go and explore on Friday, when there are less fans around. There’s some good GA areas on the major corners, like the hairpin. Once you’ve found a spot you like, make sure you get there early on race day to try to claim it!

  19. Hi Andrew,

    Maybe I misread, but is the Thursday activities now canceled to reduce the schedules on the teams?
    We look forward to heading to Montreal!

    1. I was wondering where you read that? I’ve been looking around and haven’t seen that mentioned anywhere.

  20. We are going to our first F1 race in Montreal next month. We have GA tickets. Any suggestions on the best spots to stake out to watch the race. We have small foldable chairs or we can bring a blanket. I prefer the chairs. Any suggestions on where to sit are greatly appreciated.

    1. I didn’t spend a huge amount of time in the General Admission areas in Canada in 2019. Check our tickets post: https://f1destinations.com/tickets-canadian-f1-grand-prix/

      “There are decent vantage points close to some grandstands, but you need to get there early to secure your spot. Either side of grandstand 24 is raised and fills up quickly. There is also space between and in front of Grandstands 11 & 12. The straight behind grandstand 31 provides shaded viewing, but doesn’t offer big screen viewing.”

  21. Is there a spot to hang outside the Paddock, post-Qual to meet some of the drivers as they leave the circuit?

      1. Regina Revuelta

        Hi there. First time going for my husband and son. They got tickets in the trophy package. So lucky! Wondering if it is worth to use the transportation from the f1 experiences. Do you know if they leave you close to the grand stands 11/12?

        1. That’s great, they will enjoy the weekend with F1 Experiences. The bus service from F1 Experiences is normally very good, and I think it drops very close to the circuit gates (somewhere near the Casino, but I’m not 100% sure – from there it’s probably a 15-20 minute walk to Grandstands 11/12). But remember that in Montreal it’s also easy to get to the track via Metro. All depends where they are staying.

          1. Regina Revuelta

            Thanks Andrew!

            So if we do metro instead. Do you know which bus we could take to get closer to the casino? Assuming that his the closest to grandstand 12….
            The transportation sounds good. However there is only one trip in and one out. Which means the whole day at the track fro three days. Sounds good. But it is also a very long time

  22. Is there an update on the status of the Thursday open house for 2022? We were planning to arrive a day early to walk the track and check out the set up process in the pits. Fingers crossed!

  23. Can I come and go as I want ?,meaning can I go to casino and spend money between f1 sessions .

    1. Yes, I believe you can. I don’t know of any restrictions on pass outs at the Canadian GP. Definitely it’s nice to escape to the casino (also for food and toilets, not just gambling), especially if it’s too hot or raining.

  24. Hello!
    We got tickets grand stand 11, first row section 7 I believe. Seems like there are trees in front of us. Do you know if they were trimmed or we will be able to see the pit exit?

  25. Carmen & Juan Ramon

    Hello Andrew, due to the pandemic we didn’n know if for 2022 would take place the Canada’s Gran Prix so we bought general admission, do you recommend a specific place to look at the grand prix since we are very heart followers of the F1 and we are traveling from Mexico to see Checo Perez!!

    1. Hi again, we covered some of the best spots to watch in General Admission in our Tickets post. Remember it will be easier to walk around on Friday and check out the different views. When you find one area you like, I suggest getting there early on Saturday and Sunday to reserve that spot.

  26. Carmen & Juan Ramon

    Adrew do you recommend instead to change our tickets of GA to number seat to enjoy the race? And How at this point in time we can do it? With a well trust site?. Please

    1. Hello, I think it’s too late to do this. Prices for seats on resale platforms are very high now, as the race is sold out. Be thankful you have tickets, I’m sure you will still enjoy the experience in General Admission.

  27. This will be mi 1st time there, i bougth Tickets in T12 section 6 Row G But my Seats are 18 and 20, do yo know if they are together, are even Numbers?

    1. I assume the seats are together if you bought in the same transaction, but I can’t confirm. I don’t have the seat map and I also don’t know where you bought the tickets – you could try asking the ticket company who you bought from?

  28. Very informative,,,thank you for having this! My son and I will attending next month (our first F1 experience, coming up from NY). We are in Grandstand 1. Just received an email offering tickets to the CGV Terrace for the three days of the event…is it worth it? Also, an insight or tips on getting to and from Grandstand 1? We are a bit daunted by the crowd, and since it is our first experience we want to make the most of it. Thank you!

    1. Hello Lance, I don’t have specific experience of the CGV Terrace, but I’ve heard it is worth paying for this if you can. As for getting to the track, taking the metro to Jean Drapeau really is the best way to get there – but be ready for some queues/congestion at peak times. After arriving at the metro station, there’s a bus to the casino, which gets you very close to the circuit gates and to Grandstand 1. It’s all covered in this post: How to get to Circuit Gilles Villenueve

  29. Hey! We have tickets for Grandstand 46. Know you have previously said this is the worst grandstand. Do we know if there’s been any updates to include a TV along this grandstand? Any way to make the most of a less than ideal location?

    1. Hi Jack, I can confirm that Grandstand 46 will not have a Giant TV opposite in 2022 (it’s confirmed here) The only thing I can suggest, especially on Friday when there should be less fans at the track, is to wander around the GA areas and to soak up the atmosphere around different parts of the track. Remember the circuit is part of a city park, so it’s a nice place to wander around. There are some cool ‘park zones’ inside the track.

  30. Your website is very helpful. Thanks for all the great information. Can’t wait to attend my first Grand Prix!

  31. Hi. I’ve been trying to get an answer from F1 store but not having much luck. We are in grandstand 33, but I cant see any mention of what seats we are in. Is it first come first served, or are they allocated? I don’t recall selecting seats at any stage

    1. You mean F1 Tickets? Probably you haven’t yet received your e-tickets for the race. When you receive those, it will have exact seat allocations. For Canada, it would only have been possible to choose exact seats if you booked via the circuit/race promoter, website is gpcanada.ca

    2. I’m in GS24 (Lance Stroll) and I received my e-tickets about a month ago. From what I’ve heard, most others have too.

  32. Hi…can you tell me anything about the “CGV Terrace”? I got an email offering tickets and am wondering if it is worth it. Thank you!

    1. I don’t know much about this, didn’t check it out in 2019 when I was there. Also not sure about the pricing. But from what I’ve heard, it is good to have access to the CGV terrace, could be worth paying for it!

  33. hello, i just had a question regarding the open house on thursday. is it worth it to attend especially if its my first time going to an f1 race? im only a few hours away from montreal so just debating if its worth it to come down for the open house.

    also, are we allowed onto the track after the race is over?

    1. Yes, it is worth attending if you are not too far away, though there can be too many people at times. Yes, I think fans will be allowed on the track after the race – that was my experience in 2019.

  34. Hey Andrew!

    Quick question about seating. Grandstand 12 (Latifi), Section 1, Row UU (will we be able to see through the clouds?, hah!). I am guessing we are on the end nearest the Loge boxes and that the can block the view of the straightaway. Do you suppose we are high enough to see over them?

    Thanks

    1. Honestly, I don’t have specific knowledge of particular seats and their views. Hope you will have a good view, but you won’t find out until sat in your seat

  35. Hey Andrew,

    Just found this site / page and noticed you have been extremely helpful and was wondering if you could answer a few questions. My father and I are attending our first GP and we are very excited, we have 3-day passes to La Toundra for the weekend.

    Assuming taking the Metro is the best way to get to the track, are we going to be walking from Grandstand 21 all the way down to Turn 6 and 7 or is there a better method?

    Is there anything around the track that we should definitely see during Friday / Saturday when we have some extra time throughout the day?

    Also, I haven’t received my E-Tickets yet via the F1 ticket site, I was wondering if that is normal leading up to the event?

    Thanks!!

    1. Hi Marc, not sure what is La Toundra? Metro is definitely the best way to get to the track, but try to avoid arriving/departing at peak times as I expect it to be really busy this year with the sell out crowd. It’s a bit of a walk, but you can also take the bus to the Casino – which we talk about in this post – to get you closer to where you need to be. The support paddock is worth checking out, otherwise just walk around and check out the different displays etc in the fanzones. As for your tickets, yes it is not unusual to receive your e-tickets quite late. Hope they come through soon!

    2. Hi Marc,

      I too have not yet received my tickets from the f1 website. The download link is there, but an error keeps showing up for me when I click it. They will also never respond to messages.

  36. Is anyone else having issues downloading their e-tickets from the f1 tickets website? I see the link to do so, but an error keeps coming up. I also haven’t received an email stating they are ready to download. I have read other people on here have had their tickets downloaded for a good month now. PS their “team” will not respond to any messages. Brutal.

    1. Following. I’m anxious too as I ordered in December, as still do not have e tix to download. I messaged them, but nothing yet. We are less than a week out!

  37. Hi!
    Are umbrellas allowed at the Montreal track? So far rain in ok schedule for the entire f1 weekend…we’re a week out so it can hopefully change…but we want to prep in case!
    Thanks

    1. Nicky Haldenby

      Hi Andrea, you should be okay with an umbrella. Parasols are banned, but not umbrellas from what I can see! Hope it stays dry for you!

      1. According to the official site, umbrellas (or anything that can block views) are NOT allowed in the grandstands. BTW, Sunday should be beautiful.

    1. Nicky Haldenby

      Hi Alex, as mentioned in the article above, there are team merch stalls located around the circuit. In previous years, the largest selection was in the area between Grandstand 21 and 31.

  38. Are we allowed to bring our own water bottles into the venue or will they be confiscating all drinks now since they changed the rules around alcohol? It doesn’t seem to say on the website.

  39. Hi ,

    Hope you’re doing well, if I’m not able to attend the open house what would be the best time/location to meet some drivers ? Is there any way to find in which hotels they are staying ?

    Thank you so much for your help

    1. Hello, trying to meet the drivers at the hotels is probably your best chance. Not much hope at the track, as the drivers arrive and leave from a restricted area. I’m not 100% sure where the teams will be staying, but it will be in the best 5-star hotels in downtown Montreal. McLaren is sponsored by Hilton, so they will be staying at one of the Hilton hotels. If you take a walk to some of the best hotels, I’m sure you will see fans hanging around outside in team kit – that will be a good sign you are in the right place.

  40. Hi! Thank you for this article it’s so helpfull!
    I have some questions regarding the Autograph Session. I think it’s now confirmed that it will take place on Saturday arround 10:30 but do you know where will it be and if we can get there earlier ? Also will it be open to anyone with a ticket or only specific ones (f1 experiences or other) ?

    1. Hi Ali, the timing is correct but I don’t know the exact location. It will be in the fanzone somewhere. It will be open to all ticket holders, but you should get there early if you can as likely to be thousands of fans trying to get an autograph, and I think many will miss out.

    1. Yes it should be open! Best place will be from behind the Main Grandstand (1), as you will be closer to the podium. I think the track will also be opened from the hairpin, and also the first corners, but you have further to go from there and will not be able to get too close to the podium.

  41. Hi,
    if I don’t have the tickets, could I still go to the open day and pit walk on Thursday?
    Thannks

      1. I just got back from the open house and there were no tickets required to attend. Patience was required: the line to get into the track was about two hours, made worse by line jumpers coming off the Metro. The pits were jam packed with no way to get in or out once you were in. I appreciated the effort required to host the open house, I just wish there was a little more order to it.

  42. I’ve got tickets for section 11 (near pit exit) and was wondering if seat cushions/seat backs were allowed in.

  43. looking back at this years event… would it have been possible to park at the Montreal casino? I saw some cars leaving from there after the race?

    1. Definitely possible to get an Uber to the Casino. I’m sure parking is reserved there on race weekend for VIPs or F1 people, but could be worth asking for next year. I’m sure it wouldn’t be cheap if available

  44. HI
    I was at the event found the food disappointing this year. What happened to The Burger Bar stand food was always great and staff was beyond amazing

  45. Can you advise what the maximum width that is allowed for a bleacher cushion that I would bring so that it does not infringe upon the surrounding seats? If that information is not available how to contact officials for the rules? Thanks.

  46. Any recommendations on best places to meet drivers in Montreal? I have a full-sized Leclerc helmet and would love to get it signed/meet him! Thanks!

    1. It’s hard at the track. The drivers may make an appearance during the open house on Thursday, but there will be many fans there. During the weekend, the area where the drivers arrive is generally off limits. I think your other option is to try to find out where Ferrari is staying – one of the best 5-star hotels in downtown Montreal – and wait outside.

  47. When will merchandise go on sale? Is there a specific supplier I should contact. Will be looking for matching Gilles Vill Circuit t shirts for Fathers Day/Grandson while watching race on tv from Edmonton Alberta.

    1. Sorry Robert, but I don’t know where you will be able to buy such merchandise. I guess it will be available online. A quick Google search shows various non-official websites where you can buy clothing with Circuit Gilles Villenuve theme. Good luck, and I hope you enjoy watching the race as a family!

  48. Hi! Your article is very helpful.
    I’m also reading the full schedule from the F1 Website, and it says F1 Car Presentation from 12-1pm.
    Do we get to see that too? I have a 3day ticket.
    There is also a teams’ press conference that day. Is that open to the public? Thanks for your help!

    1. Hello Val, the car presentation happens in the pit lane. The only people who can see the cars up close at this time are guests in the Formula 1 Paddock Club (the most expensive hospitality tickets). If you are in one of the grandstands opposite the pit lane, you will be able to see this too, but from a distance. The press conference is only open to accredited media, sorry. Hope you have a great weekend in Canada!

  49. Hi, Has the Thursday, June 15 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal Open House track walk been confirmed for this year? Just checking since I don’t see it in the official schedule this year. Thanks for the useful content.

    1. I have not seen this confirmed. Even if it was confirmed, it is not necessarily going to be listed in the schedule published on F1.com. That’s because it’s a local promoter activity. Feel free to sign up for our mailing list (check the box for Canada) and we will send out an email if/when the open house is confirmed. Also keep an eye on the social media accounts for “F1GPCanada” – they are pretty inactive now, but should start updating as the race gets closer

    2. In case you didn’t see,
      Pit walk is now ticketed.
      All free ‘tickets’ are gone but there are still $30 tickets available that include a few extra things on Thursday.

  50. Hi andrew

    we have tickets for GA. are fans allowed inside the track after the race is done? or do we need special tickets

    thanks

    1. Yes, I think there will be a so called “track invasion” after the race, and if yes, it’s open to all ticket holders. If you want a good view for the podium, you need to be close to a gate that they will open – best to be there a few laps before the end. Sorry, I’m not 100% sure where the entry points to the track are in Canada. But ask around when you are there and you will get the answer.

  51. Jean-Michel Boileau

    there will be a pit lane walk on Thurday June 15, 2023 from 9 am to 12 pm (no entry pass 10:30). There was ‘free’ ticket available but after 1 hour they were all sold out.
    There still option to attend with paying ticket (30$ plus taxes) which give you acces to the middle of the island for the ‘Formula 1 atmosphere’ zone from 12pm to 3pm. You will also be able to watch the high-speed testing of the FIA safety and medical car from grandstand 47 or 34.
    In previous year there was bus shuttles to get to the pit lane from Cosmos bridges but not this year. So you will have to walk for about 30+ minutes to get to the pit lane.

    1. Thanks for confirming. I didn’t get a chance to reply to this, but we did share on social media last weekend and updated the website. Unfortunately, the paid tickets are also now sold out

  52. Hi Andrew,

    I have tickets for the whole 3-day weekend for the Canada GP, do I need a separate ticket for the pit lane walk on Thursday?

    Thanks!

    1. My apologies for the delayed response, but I was working in Monaco last weekend. Yes, you need a separate ticket this year for the pit lane walk in Canada on Thursday. Sadly, these have sold out already

  53. Hi Andrew,

    I have tickets for the whole 3-day weekend, do you know whether my tickets include the pit lane walk on Thursday or do I have to purchase separate tickets?

    Thanks.

    1. Sorry I didn’t get to your question earlier, but I was busy working in Monaco on the weekend. Tickets for the pit lane walk need to be purchased separately this year; sadly, they are already sold out

  54. Hi,
    I purchased the 3 day tickets for the lance stroll Grandstand this year!
    Would this allow me entry to the pit walk for fans on Thursday?
    Thanks!

    1. Hello, due to high demand, the circuit has had to issue tickets for the pit lane walk on Thursday. These went on sale last Friday and are now sold out already, sorry

  55. If I have 3-day weekend grandstand tickets, can I still get into the pit lane walk or do I have to purchase the separate tickets?

    1. There was a limited number of free tickets, then they issued separate $30 CAD tickets – but these also sold out very quickly. Sorry, but you are too late. Perhaps you can find tickets on the resale market at Stubhub or somewhere

  56. I am in the plantine grandstand for the 3 days. I know from going last year and sitting in the family grandstand that the plantineseats are much further away from the subway station. I heard that you can take a shuttle boat from the casino to a dock by my grandstand which would save my old legs plenty of walking. Is that true about the shuttle boat and how does that work. Also how to I get to the Casino from Courtyard Marriott downtown. Thanks

    1. Hi Arnold, I’m not sure about the shuttle boat to your grandstand, haven’t heard about that. The best would be to take the Metro one stop from Berri-UQAM to Parc Jean Drapeau. After that you have a bus from the metro station to the Casino. Once you arrive at the Casino, it’s a short walk to the Platine Grandstand. You may also try to get a taxi or Uber from your hotel to the Casino, but I’m not sure if that will work with traffic etc on race weekend.

  57. Hi, I attended the Austin GP and was able to see the drivers come in to the circuit on race day. I was wondering if there’s any info on which entrance can fans hang around in the Canadian GP to see the drivers?

  58. Arnold – Certainly appreciate your valuable info. For ticketed/pass holders to the Paddock Club area….what is best way to transit from the Parc Jean-Drapeau Metro station to the paddock club area? Walking or are there shuttles of some sort?

    1. Hi David, I suggest reaching out to the supplier where you bought the Paddock Club tickets, as they should be able to provide you with an info document about getting to the Paddock Club this weekend.
      I’m not sure if there are any special shuttles for the Paddock Club. If not, I think the best idea is to take the bus outside of the Jean-Drapeau Metro Station that goes to the Casino (nr 167). From the casino, it’s a short walk to the circuit gates and then not much further to the Paddock Club – you need to take a pedestrian bridge over to the other side of the track.

  59. Hi Andrew,

    Will there be an autograph session this year? If so where i can find the schedule?

    Thx

    1. Sorry, there is no autograph session listed in the schedule or the list of additional activities this year. Unfortunately, F1 has got too popular and there’s just too many fans who want to get autographs now to run these sessions at most circuits.

  60. Hello

    I have a friday pass, however I will not be able to reach the track before 12pm, will they still grant me entry to the circuit?

  61. Hi Andrew, great info here. Curious, our tickets for this weekend are Grandstand 11, Section 8. We can’t find anything online actually showing where section 8 is (only sections 1-7). Is it new seating for this year or????

    1. I came here for an answer to this question as well. I also have a G11, S8 ticket and was getting a bit nervous about it.

  62. I am going to buy Seats at Nicholas Latifi Grandstand 12 but what are the best rows and what are the worse rows?

  63. Hello, this will be my first Formula One race with my son we have GA tickets any tips would be appreciated. For example, are we limited to walking up to the fences or are there general admission areas on any of the bleachers or grandstand’s?

    1. The GA areas at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve are pretty small and cramped, and lots of people have tickets. You’ll need to get there early to find and keep a good vantage point. The best are next to the hairpin, but there are some other good spots if you walk around and have a look. Friday is a better day to walk around, as there are less people in GA. There are no GA areas in any of the grandstands or bleachers.

  64. HI ANDREW,

    THANKS FOR YOUR TIME. I AM JUST CURIOUS IF YOU KNOW WHETHER 3-DAY GRANDSTAND TICKETS FOR 2024 CGP ALLOW YOU TO SIT IN ANY GRANDSTAND ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY? SPECIFICALLY GRANDSTAND 1.

    ALSO, WILL THERE BE $30 TICKETS FOR PITLANE WALK AVAILABLE?

    LASTLY, WHEN PURCHASING GRANDSTAND TICKETS FROM YOUR TICKET SHOP, HOW DOES ONE KNOW WHERE IN THE GRANDSTAND THOSE TICKETS WILL BE? I AM LOOKING AT GRANDSTAND 11 BUT DONT WANT TO BE ON THE RIGHT BLOCKED BY THE TREE.

    THANK YOU AGAIN!
    MIKE

    1. Hi Mike, there’s no grandstand roaming in Canada. You have to sit in your allocated seat on all three days. Tickets for pitlane walk won’t be available until much closer to the race weekend, probably within 4 weeks. We don’t know the pricing or details yet for 2023. You won’t receive your allocated grandstand seat until closer to the race, and it is determined by the allocation provided by the promoter – but you can make such a request when purchasing, and our ticket supplier will endeavour to ensure you are not seated on the right with views blocked by the tree.

  65. Hi, thank you for all the great info. I’m the wife of a huge F1 fan and surprising him with tickets for Christmas. This will be his first F1 live. I would like to get tickets for the pitlane walk, and see from all your great info, that they go on sale a few weeks out from the event. Do I purchase these directly from the F1 site? Is there anything that can notify me when the pit lane tickets become available?
    Thank you again

    1. Hi Jodi, nice one! I’m sure your husband will be very happy with his present. Tickets will be available from the promoter, circuit (this site). I suggest joining the mailing list there if you can. Otherwise, we will inform our subscribers when these tickets go on sale. You can sign up here – don’t forget to choose Canada from the list.

  66. Hi, Is the pit lane walk ticket for 2024 still available to purchase now or they’ve already sold out? Thank you!

  67. Hello I am wondering if you know what grandstands will have a screen infront of them for 2024 as I am thinking of purchasing tickets for grandstand 46

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