A Guide To Canada For LGBT Travelers

Canada became the fourth country in the world throughout its territory to legalize same-sex marriages. This happened in 2005, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some of the biggest and most celebrated LGBT events take place annually in the country. More than 650,000 people attend the annual Pride Parade (Pride Parade) in Vancouver, including the mayor of the city and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who in 2016 attended three Pride parades (the other two, in Toronto and Montreal). Only a few hours away, Whistler hosts the Whistler Pride and Ski Festival (Whistler Ski and Pride Festival), a week of lesbian-gay skiing that turned 25 this 2017. Winnipeg exemplifies the country’s commitment to diversity and equality at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights and will also host the Outgames 2020. Toronto is home to the country’s largest LGBT community and home to one of the largest Pride festivals in the world, which attracts more than one million attendees. And Le Village de Montreal is one of the oldest gay neighborhoods, not to mention the largest in the world. In addition, in 2017, Montreal will host the first Canada Pride, a national celebration of the LGBT movement in Canada, while celebrating the 375th birthday of the city.

From the endless opportunities for surfing on the beaches of Tofino, to the exclusive restaurants and the flourishing craft beer scene in the capital Victoria, every inch of British Columbia offers something different.

You cannot visit British Columbia without making a stop in Vancouver, which is consistently ranked as one of the best cities to live in the world. An incredible gastronomic culture, a fantastic nightlife, and a rich Aboriginal culture coexist with beaches, forests, and mountains that you can reach in a matter of minutes.

Then, there is Whistler, a tourist city in the mountains that attracts adventure seekers throughout the year. From some of the best places in North America to ski and snowboard all winter, to the best walks, zip lines, and even bungee jumping during the summer.

Now it is Alberta’s turn, were taking a walk in the Rockies after lunch and still having time to explore the streets of a big city before dinner, is possible.

The capital of Alberta, Edmonton is a great destination for festival lovers, as it hosts more than 60 festivals throughout the year, where everything from art, to dragon boats, passing through wine. There is also the huge West Edmonton Mall, the largest commercial and entertainment complex in North America, as well as countless galleries, shops, a famous farmer’s market, and a thriving LGBT neighborhood, Jasper Avenue.

A few hours south, you will find Calgary, a metropolis dramatically located between peaks and grasslands. Visitors and locals recreate the western heritage of the city every year, at the world-renowned Calgary Stampede, an event that lasts ten days in which rodeos abound, cowboy-inspired parties, and plenty to eat and drink. However, Calgary is a place where you can find entertainment all year round, thanks to a crackling cultural scene and incredible cuisine.

William Votaw

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