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Closure of the Jacques‑Cartier Bridge
June 25, 2017
Due to the rerun of Jacques‑Cartier Bridge's illumination show, the bridge will be completely closed on June 25 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Circuit Gilles‑Villeneuve currently open
June 16 to July 7, 2017
The Circuit Gilles‑Villeneuve is open to cyclists until July 7.
South Shore Bike Link currently open
June 16 to July 18, 2017
The South Shore Bike Link is open to cyclists until July 18.
Closure of the Aquatic Complex
January 1st to December 31, 2017
Due to construction work near the Aquatic Complex, it will be closed to public and athletes for the 2017 season. Swimmers will still be able to come enjoy the water at Parc Jean‑Drapeau this summer at Jean‑Doré Beach.
Parc Jean-Drapeau
Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve

Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve

The 4.361 km-long Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve hosts the Grand Prix du Canada, as well as biking, in-line skating, jogging and walking enthusiasts!

Schedule

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  •   = 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  •   = 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  •   = Closed

Details of the partial opening

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will be partially opened to cyclists, pedestrians and inline skates enthusiasts from May 15 to September 4, 2017 due to the mounting, the hosting and demounting of major events, to maintenance work done on the circuit in preparation for the Grand Prix du Canada, and to the STM bus circuit to Jean-Doré beach.

This partial opening means two things:

  • The Circuit Gilles‑Villeneuve will be accessible to cyclists, pedestrians and inline skates enthusiasts for 47 non consecutive days this summer, from May 15 to September 4, 2017.
  • A portion of the Circuit Gilles‑Villeneuve, the "Hairpin" area, will be inaccessible at all time from May 15 to September 4, 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why did you choose events over cyclists?
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The SPJD has set some priorities in terms of programming and recreational sites. Presenting major events such as Osheaga, ÎleSoniq, the Grand Prix du Canada, Piknic Électronik, Week-ends du monde is a top priority. These events have a high profile from a cultural standpoint, and we did not want to move them anywhere else than the Parc. Secondly, these events have a significant impact for Montréal, media-wise and from an economic aspect. These events also provide the SPJD with a revenue stream, which are used to maintain the site, organize free events for the population (FDN and WEM) and to accommodate athletes, not-for-profit and charitable events at a lower cost (Olympic Basin and the Aquatic Complex).

In order to limit the impact on cyclists, the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau (SPJD) has set up a Joint Advisory Committee to discuss the cycling practice at the Parc. In collaboration with representatives of various sports federations (Parasports Québec, Fédération Québécoise des Sports Cyclistes, Vélo Québec, Triathlon Québec), the STM and the City of Montreal, the SPJD analyzed different solutions and established an accessibility calendar that maximizes the number of days cyclists can use the Circuit Gilles‑Villeneuve despite the assembly and dismantling of events.

Will the Parc offer an alternative to recreational cyclists?
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The Cirucit Gilles‑Villeneuve will be open 43 non-consecutive days this summer. When the Circuit is closed, cyclists will still be able to bike down the Route Verte. The Route Verte will be accessible to cyclists almost all summer. This bike path connects the South Shore to Montreal while crossing the Jardins des Floralies.

Will the closing of the Circuit Gilles‑Villeneuve continue in 2018?
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We're going to take it one season at a time. We have issues in 2018 too, especially because of the construction of the new Formula One paddocks.

I usually take the Jacques‑Cartier Bridge and St. Helen's Island to reach the Concorde Bridge to go downtown (or vice versa). Will i still be able to use this route?
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Because the cycling access to the Concorde Bridge on St. Helen's Island is located in the construction work area, it will not be possible to use this route. Cyclists using this route will therefore have to slightly change their way.

Depending on the opening and closing calendar of the Circuit, different options are available to transit from the South Shore to Montreal:

  • Use the South Shore bike link located by the Victoria Bridge locks and transit by the Parc Jean-Drapeau using the Route Verte to reach the Concorde Bridge.
  • Cross the Jacques‑Cartier Bridge all the way to reach the city's bike path network.
  • If the Circuit Gilles‑Villeneuve is open, cyclists will keep transitting by St. Helen's Island. However, cyclists will need to cross the Pont du Cosmos and use the Circuit Gilles‑Villeneuve to reach the Concorde Bridge.

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Important Notices Plan your trip

Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve currently open
June 16 to July 7, 2017
The Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve is open to cyclists until July 7.
South Shore Bike Link currently open
June 16 to July 18, 2017
The South Shore Bike Link is open to cyclists until July 18.

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