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!
- = Open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- = Open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- = Open from noon 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
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.
The Cirucit Gilles‑Villeneuve will be open 47 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.
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.
The bike path on chemin MacDonald of Île Sainte‑Hélène will remain open, therefore it will be possible to take the access leading to Concorde bridge, and to cross over to île Notre-Dame on the Route verte.
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Getting to circuit Gilles‑Villeneuve
Jean-Drapeau subway station
Important Notices Plan your trip
South Shore Bike Link closed Saturday August 19
August 19, 2017
The South Shore Bike Link and the Route Verte on Île Notre‑Dame will be closed on Saturday, August 19 and will be accessible to cyclists Sunday, August 20. The cycling links and the portion of the Route Verte on St. Helens' Island that connects Jacques‑Cartier Bridge and Concorde Bridge are not affected by this closure.
Take the subway!
July 25 to September 4, 2017
The number of parking spaces is limited at the Parc due to the Enhancement and Development work. It is therefore strongly recommended you take the subway to get to Parc Jean‑Drapeau.
Circuit Gilles‑Villeneuve closed
July 25 to August 20, 2017
The Circuit Gilles‑Villeneuve will again be accessible to pedestrians and cyclists on August 21. During the closure of Circuit Gilles‑Villeneuve, cyclists and pedestrians that want to get to Jean‑Doré Beach will have to take the Route Verte or the free 767 shuttle from the Jean‑Drapeau subway station.