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“First F1”

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Ranked #32 of 428 things to do in Montreal
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Owner description: Located on Ile Notre-Dame, 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! PARTIAL CLOSURE The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will be partially closed 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-Dore beach. This partial closure means two things: • The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will be accessible to cyclists, pedestrians and inline skates enthusiasts for only 43 non consecutive days this summer, from May 15 to September 4, 2017. Visite the Parc Jean-Drapeau website for the detailed schedule. • A portion of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the "Hairpin" area, will be inaccessible at all time time from May 15 to September 4, 2017.
Reviewed June 12, 2013

I never thought I be saying this but this track is absolutely beautiful. There's willows, ponds, ducks, swans, and even pontoon boat rides. The track itself is well maintained and spotless. When I was walking back from qualifying I never thought that I would see a groundhog but I did. I didn't mind the walking because it was a nature walk. The casino offers great food and was nearby my grandstand (33). This track puts the Toronto Indy Track to shame. Toronto should consider making a man made island track like this. No comparasion.

Thank 101amt
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

Awesome race excellent venue but be prepared to do alot of walking I had gold grandstand 1 tickets and they provided an excellent view of the start/finish line and of the garages of the race teams and pit lane always something going on a true spectacle

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Reviewed June 9, 2013

This was our first formula one and what a wonderful treat to do it here in Montreal. We are from Arizona in the US. The venue is beautiful and access is quite efficient for the size of crowd. (metro line takes you within several hundred yards). They have multiple admission packages... including 1 day general admission to 3 day seats. Porta-potties are plentiful, albeit... you'll still stand in line for quite a time. Food is average to good... typical hot dogs, pizza, beer, soda. Lots of vendors booths to check out. We had a wonderful time and I'd highly recommend it.

Thank Bob L
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

The site is beautiful and very easily accessible by metro. I visited it one day before the race. They had an open day where people can visit for free and watch the teams prepare for the race, and also meet some drivers. Samples of food and drinks were also offered. If your a formula one fan, the whole weekend is really fun including activities happening outside the race track. As for the rest of the year, it remains a nice place to spend sometime outside.

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Reviewed June 8, 2013

Been to several F1 circuits around the world and each with its own character. This track is in a lovely setting which, I can imagine outside of race events, is extremely peaceful.
I biked it out from the Delta Hotel, from where there is a very straightforward cycle path but I understand the Metro is very easy to use and indeed, it pops up right at one of the main entrances to the circuit. The ticket offices are right by, but if you can, buy your tickets online and collect at the separate booth, the queue at the on-the-day-admission is tiresome.
There is a distinct separation in ticket accessibility governing your view. The "Haves" lord it up at the casino end of the park, and unless you have a ticket for that half of the circuit, access is denied, which means you cant even glimpse sight of the starting grid, pits etc. The "Have-somes" are reserved one of the grandstand seats in he other half of the circuit, but it would appear, you have to buy a full 3 day pass for that. The "Have-nots" can buy a General Admission ticket on the day, at the gate and basically you try and find a vantage point (there aren't many), The best one being on a bank between Stands 24 and 22....but get there early!
There were plenty of port-a-loo's everywhere to supplement the permanent washroom facilities.
Food wise not horrendously expensive (they leave that to the merchandise outlets) ....its standard event fare......hotdogs, pizza, hamburgers etc. lots of basic beer outlets, all to keep those F1 fans in fine physical shape!....I suggest you go BYO if you want to have anything else.....unless of course you're in the "Have" brigade and you're experiencing the Paddock Club et al in which case, just celeb spot whilst you revel in the corporate hospitality. It was a mucky weather weekend...which made the going under foot messy and in some parts of the circuit quite boggy, so be warned. Well organized as most F1 events usually are.

Thank M D
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