Île Notre-Dame closed - GPF1
Because of the Grand Prix du Canada, île Notre-Dame is closed to the public from Saturday, June 4th to Friday, June 17th, inclusively. Consequently, the South Shore bike link, the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, the Olympic Basin and the Athletes' Quarter is not accessible during that time. Thank you for your understanding.
|April 15 to November 15|
|Every day||6 a.m. to 10 p.m.|
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is officially opened and maintained from April 15th to November 15th.
After November 15th, the circuit remains accessible, but it is not maintained. Car traffic on the circuit becomes two-way between the Pavillon du Canada and the Cosmos Bridge.
Should conditions not allows to open the circuit, we will notify users via our Website and Social Medias.
Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve over the years
Contrary to popular belief, Formula One race-car drivers were not the first to run laps on Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, even though the track was designed and built for such an event. Actually, on September 24, 1978, cars and drivers in the North American Formula Atlantic championship competed in the first official race on the circuit, just two weeks before the first Formula One Grand Prix was held in Montreal. The Formula Atlantic race was organized at the request of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) in order to sanction the track, a condition that needed to be met to stage a Formula One race.
The Formula One race in Montreal was held in the fall, from 1978 to 1981. The Canadian Grand Prix enjoyed great success with motor-racing fans, especially because of the presence of Quebec-born driver Gilles Villeneuve. In fact, Villeneuve garnered his first Formula One victory in the inaugural race on the Montreal circuit in 1978. The Montreal track was officially renamed in 1982, honouring Gilles Villeneuve, who died earlier that year during qualifications for the Belgian Grand Prix. Major changes were made to Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in 1988, as the pit lane was moved from the southeast to the southwest area of the track. Garages and a new control tower were also built. The Canadian Grand Prix has been held in June since 1988.