F1 Canadian Grand PrixCircuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada
Charter a Private Jet to the F1 Canadian Grand Prix
It may be just another race to the world but the F1 Canadian Grand Prix is among the most exciting because its host city, Montreal, is among the most excited to have it. It’s not just a race, it’s a party; held in June, it marks the official start of summer in the c-c-cold Canadian city.
We Can Get You There
If you’d like to be among the half million people who converge on the island in the river where the race is held and the big party that goes along with it, Paramount Business Jets can arrange a charter flight for you into any nearby airport, including:
- Montreal St Hubert Airport, CYHU, YHU, Montreal, Canada (6 miles)
- Pierre Elliott Trudeau In Airport, CYUL, YUL, Montreal, Canada (10 miles)
- Lachute Airport, CSE4, Lachute, Canada (11 miles)
- St Jean Airport, CYJN, YJN, St Jean, Canada (19 miles)
- Les Cedres Airport, CSS3, Montreal, Canada (22 miles)
- St Hyacinthe Airport, CSU3, St Hyacinthe, Canada (27 miles)
- Montreal Mirabel International Airport, CYMX, YMX, Montreal, Canada (28 miles)
- Cornwall Regional Airport, CYCC, YCC, Cornwall, Canada (29 miles)
- Rockcliffe Airport, CYRO, YRO, Ottawa, Canada (40 miles)
- Sorel Airport, CSY3, Sorel, Canada (43 miles)
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About The Circuit
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is located on the man-made Notre Dame Island in the St. Lawrence River in Montreal, Quebec. It is part of Parc Jean-Drapeau, a public park on Notre Dame and Saint Helen’s islands, which were developed for the Expo 67 World’s Fair. Normally, a quiet and peaceful green space enjoyed by joggers and cyclists, it becomes a party place during Grand Prix weekend.
The circuit itself is named after Canada’s best F1 racer, Gilles Villeneuve, who was born 25 miles from Montreal in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. He had his first career win at the F1 Canadian Grand Prix in 1978, its inaugural year. Villeneuve was killed in a crash in Belgium in 1982.
The circuit holds the record for having the longest Grand Prix. In 2011, the race was suspended for four hours because of torrential rain. When it restarted, the wet pavement forced drivers to struggle to keep their cars pointed in the right direction.
Tips From Your F1 Host
- Wear comfortable shoes. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is huge and there is a hike to get to some of the grandstands.
- Prepare for any weather. If it’s sunny, it can be hot on race day. Bring sun block. However, when the sun goes down, it gets chilly. Bring a jacket. Bring a raincoat. Umbrellas are allowed as long as they don’t obstruct another’s view.
- Check out off-track action. There are concession stands and booths that sell all sorts of official F1 goodies. Watch skateboarders and motocross riders at the Monster Energy Zone. Take a break at the Sleeman Terrace lounge.
- Don’t do these things: smoke, bare your chest, sit on the grandstand stairs.
- Banners and flags are OK as long as you are courteous to your neighbors with them.
Party Beyond The Track
About 300,000 people come for the race but another 200,000 come just to join in the weekend’s 72 hours of fun. It’s Canada’s top tourist event in terms of money and international media coverage. Visitors from all over the world increase the local economy about $90 million over three days. Unlike other F1 venues, there is never a fear of filling every seat in the grandstands.
Before and after the race, there are many things to see and do in Montreal. You can:
- Go up Mont-Royal where the Belvedere Observatory offers downtown and mountain views.
- Be a foodie: Montreal is known for its great – and many – restaurants. You can find them yourself or go on one of the many food tours offered.
- Try the Canadian specialties, poutine and smoked meat sandwiches. Poutine is made with French fries and cheese curds and topped with brown gravy. Yes, it’s much better than it sounds (or looks). And if you’re into sandwiches, the smoked meat ones are piled four inches high.
- Walk along Saint-Paul Street where restaurants, art galleries and bars give off a European atmosphere.
- Shop at one of the local markets. You’ll find homemade preserves, wines, ciders, and maple products.
- Visit Notre Dame Basilica. Whether Catholic or not, the ornate gothic building and its famous organ are definitely worth seeing.
- Browse the Mile End boutiques. It’s Montreal’s fashion scene.