The Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal is not like many single day events, a point to point race, but a circuit based race. The riders race for 17 laps on a 12.1 km long circuit. Each lap of the circuit requires completing three climbs on the slopes around Mount Royal: Côte Camilien-Houde (1.8km long and 8% average grade), Côte de la Polytechnique (780m long and 6% average grade) and Avenue du Parc (560m long and 4% average grade). The finish is uphill on the Avenue du Parc.
The total cumulative climb is about 4000m, similar to that found in a mountain stage in the Tour de France, though at a lower altitude.