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Montreal Biosphere

Run like Formula 1



< 2 hours

Feel like some fartleks on an actual Formula 1 race track? Follow this 4km road running route that begins at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and ending at the Montreal Biosphere – one of the city’s landmark sites. Just make sure to check the schedule before you head out.

Montreal Biosphere

Parc Jean-Drapeau, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, QC, Canada

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Planning your route

Lace up and find your running legs

Get to the track

Since this route is in the city, you can pack lightly as long as you’re dressed ready for the weather. Your running shoes and a running pouch or backpack (and some water) are all you really need. To skip the hassle of driving and parking, take public transit and make your way on the metro to Jean-Drapeau station. This will bring you close to the Biosphere, but you’ll want to run south to Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve to reach the racetrack.

Start your engines

Seriously, is there a better way to start a run than on an actual race track? Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve is famous for hosting F1 international races and is a popular destination during the off-season for local runners and cyclists. Head north up the track and continue through Les Jardins de Floralies – a stunning botanical garden en route to the Biosphere.

Cross the bridge

After about 2km, go west and cross the Paserelle du Cosmos Bridge. This will be a short run across the bridge and the Biosphere will be in plain sight. If you need to stop for a breath (and a selfie), this would be a good place to do so. You’ll be surrounded by water with the Biosphere and the trees of Jean-Drapeau Park in the background.

Final twists and turns

At the end of the bridge, turn right onto Chemin Macdonald which twists and turns until it merges onto Chemin du Tour de L’Isle. Make sure you bypass La Ronde, a Six Flags amusement park. Remember: you’re here for a run, not churro sticks and cotton candy… but if you do feel like a snack, you can pick one up before you continue onward until the Biosphere appears again. Cool down with a walk through Jean-Drapeau Park before heading back to the station.


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