Enchanting and gorgeous Quebec City is a must for travelers the world over. This historic capital offers visitors four distinct seasons, each one bringing its own beauty and pastimes. French-speaking Quebecois are an active lot who embrace the outdoors and find unlimited ways to enjoy recreation–not to mention luxurious spas to keep the blood flowing.
Quebec also is an emerging queer capital that straddles the big- and small-city vibe. It’s true that Canadians are, generally speaking, beguiling and open-minded. Throw in the charming Francophone accents, warm smiles, and leisurely coziness, and Quebec becomes a place LGBT visitors adore.
“It’s the perfect balance between a gay-friendly, American-style, party-loving modern capital, and a charming, welcoming-yet-discrete European-style big village,” says Olivier Poulin. Poulin is Director of the Quebec City Pride Festival (www. glbtquebec.com), the organization that hosts the city’s annual LGBT celebration over Labor Day weekend (first September weekend). “I feel like Quebec City is the perfect place to be part of a gay community that is not too little and you know everyone, but not too big and you feel lost,” he adds. “And the guys are cute!”