Watching a race on television can be exciting, and many supporters of the sport prefer this as it’s more comfortable than going to the race track. However, watching a race from the comfort of your own home pales in comparison to the experience of actually being in a racing circuit and seeing and hearing everything firsthand.
Here are some of the best race tracks in Canada that you should know about. Most of them are still in operation and are well worth the trip. Those that have been shut down have a history that’s worth looking into.
1. Mission Raceway Park (British Columbia)
Managed by the BC Custom Car Association together with the Sports Car Club of British Columbia, this track started in 1992. Racing fans should not miss a visit to this place since it features the Lordco NHRA BC Nationals and the Lucas Oil Canadian National Open. If you happen to have car trouble while you’re in the vicinity, you can easily get car repair service as well as auto parts and car parts in the Abbotsford and Mission BC area.
2. Concord Pacific Place (British Columbia)
Street races used to be held annually in this site located in Vancouver. Most notably, the popular Molson Indy Vancouver was often held here. Due to the development of the area as a commercial district, however, the races, which began yearly in 1990, were moved in 2004 to other cities such as Toronto.
3. Shannonville Motorsport Park (Ontario)
Established in 1977, this track was first named the Nelson Raceway for its founder, John Nelson. This site has since hosted a large number of auto sports events, including the Castrol Canadian Touring Car Series. History buffs, when in the Ontario area, may also want to drop by the Canadian Automotive Museum in Oshawa.
4. Exhibition Place in Toronto (Ontario)
This street circuit first opened in 1986 and the first Molson Indy Toronto was regularly hosted here. Sponsorship of the event eventually transferred to Honda in 2009 and the race became known as the Honda Indy Toronto. The track also frequently features other races, concerts, and events.
5. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Ontario)
Previously known as the Mosport International Raceway and also called Mosport Park, this track has been around for many years, starting in 1961. It became the site of the country’s top race, the Canadian Grand Prix for the Formula One, from 1967 to 1978. Currently, it hosts one round of the NASCAR as well as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
6. Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve (Quebec)
In 1977, this track was built by Roger Peart and called the Circuit de Ile Notre Dame. After the death of Giles Villeneuve in 1982, considered one of the best Formula One drivers in history, the circuit was renamed in his honor. The Canadian Grand Prix moved here in 1978 and this circuit has since become its permanent home.
7. Edmonton City Centre Airport (Alberta)
This area was also called Blatchford Field and functioned primarily as an airport. It was converted to a race track once a year for the Edmonton Indy, in the years 2005 until 2012, when the city officially closed the airport. If you’re passing through Alberta and have a passion for vintage cars, you can also take a look at classic models in some of the province’s best car shows.
8. Atlantic Motorsport Park (Nova Scotia)
Rounding off our list is this track from Nova Scotia, which opened in 1974. Its highlights were the Formula Atlantic races until 1979. It still occasionally hosts races and events for cars, but nowadays, it features mainly motorsports races like the Canadian Superbike Championship.