Constructed on the man-made Ile Notre Dame in the St. Lawrence River and named after Canada's greatest racing driver, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is truly a thing of beauty.
It consists of two hairpins and four chicanes with a couple of extra corners thrown in, and many corners have no run-off at all. A mistake at one of these places will almost certainly result in a trip into the wall.
The track couldn't be more different to the ultra-modern, corner-heavy Hermann Tilke circuits which now dominate the F1 calendar—and for that, we're ever thankful.
Because come rain or shine, Montreal always delivers the goods. No circuit is as likely to produce a great race as this one.
Turns 1 and 2
A lap begins on the pit straight. It immediately curves slightly to the right before braking for Turn 1, a low- to medium-speed left-hander.
This corner ruins many a lap, as drivers occasionally try to take too much speed into the turn and run wide at the exit.
Assuming they got through safely, the drivers swerve back across the track ready for the slow right-hand hairpin of Turn 2. As hairpins go, this one is quite long—nothing like the ultra-sharp sort we see at the end of long straights on modern circuits.
A short straight follows.
Turns 3, 4 and 5
At the end of the straight comes braking for the first chicane of the lap, which consists of Turns 3 and 4.
The drivers brake before they can really see the corner, thanks to the presence on the inside of a wall very close to the track. It's first right, then left.
At the exit, the wall is right next to the circuit. The most committed drivers may brush the wall in a bid to get through the chicane as quickly as possible, but there is zero margin for error.
The right-hand Turn 5 is a rare quick corner, taken at full-throttle in the dry. It's little more than a curved straight, but drivers have crashed here in the past—most notably Olivier Panis in 1997.
Turns 6 and 7
Immediately after the exit of Turn 5 comes braking for the left-hand Turn 6. This is the first and slowest half of the second chicane at Montreal.
The second part is a much longer right-hander, which gradually opens out as it feeds the cars onto a medium-length straight.
Turns 8 and 9
The cars reach speeds of close to 300 kilometres-an-hour before another quite heavy braking zone. Turns 8 and 9 make up the lap's third chicane.
As in the previous two corners, the first half is tighter and slower, but this time it's a right-hander. Its partner, the left, is more open and the drivers aim to come within inches of the wall on the outside as they head off down another medium-length straight.
Turns 10, 11 and 12
The straight curves gently to the left, and again the cars will be touching close to 300 kilometres-an-hour before the drivers hit the brakes hard for the hairpin right of Turn 10. Overtaking is possible here, but it is unlikely to be common in the race because a much easier opportunity is around the corner.
Like the first, it's quite long for a hairpin, and the drivers have to wait before applying the throttle. A good exit out of here is critical, as it leads out onto the circuit's longest straight.
Turn 11 is the left-hand kink at the start of the straight, and Turn 12 is the less-noticeable right.
Turns 13 and 14
Expect some of the 2014 cars to hit speeds in excess of 330 kilometres-an-hour down the straight, before braking hard for the final chicane. This is the best overtaking opportunity of the lap.
The chicane is a tight right-left, and it's incredible to watch in-car cameras of the drivers hurling their cars over the kerbs in qualifying. The aim is to get as close to the outside barrier as possible without touching it.
But as with so many corners at Montreal, there's no room for error. Lurking on the outside is the most famous wall in F1.
The Wall of Champions got its (unofficial) name in 1999. Michael Schumacher (1994 and 1995 champion), Damon Hill (1996) and Jacques Villeneuve (1997) all crashed into the wall during that year's Canadian Grand Prix.
It hasn't claimed a reigning or former champion in a race since, but the name stuck permanently.
Providing they safely negotiated the chicane, the drivers are now on the pit straight for the run down to the start-finish line and the end of the lap.
In the race, the cars move diagonally across to the left-hand side of the circuit to be ready for the right-hand kink before Turn 1.
But on qualifying laps, many drivers will stay to the right of the track for a shorter run to the line.
The pit lane entrance is straight on at the end of the long straight (avoiding Turns 13 and 14), and the exit is on the outside of Turn 2.
The track map at the top of the screen shows only 13 corners. Formula1.com says 14, so I went with their count. The missing corner on the map is the one I referred to as Turn 11.