City Sundays: Vancouver

Author: , August 2nd, 2015

City Sundays - Vancouver

Hey all,

We’re launching a new weekly series on the blog and our Facebook travel groups – City Sundays. Each week we’ll select a different LGBT friendly city to talk about, and we’ll invite our innkeeper and travel agent/tour operator friends to come talk with us about it as well.

Vancouver is an amazing city – it’s often called Canada’s San Francisco, and there are many points of comparison – it’s a sophisticated, modern west coast city on the water, filled with amazing culture, fantastic distinct neighborhoods, and a liberal attitude. But Vancouver has its own individual charms, as well as a thriving LGBT community.

Have you ever been? What did you do while you were there?

Do you wanna go?

Let’s chat! Join the conversation here:

Gay (Men) Travelers: Gay Travel Club
Lesbian Travelers: Lesbian Travel Club
Transgender Travelers: Transgender Travel Club
Bisexual Travelers: Bi Travel Club
LGBT Families: LGBT Families Travel Club

Check out our Vancouver page here:

http://www.purpleroofs.com/canada/britishcolumbia/bcvancouver.html

And our Vancouver articles on the blog here:

http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/?s=vancouver+canada

Life in Gay Vancouver

Author: , November 30th, 2014

VancouverMiles Mitchinson, founder of gay tour operator Detours Travel, shows us around his icily cool home city – including where to find a 16-piece sushi dinner that’s cheaper than a Starbucks across the road!

I’ve lived here since…
…since I was 2 weeks old! In the ‘newlywed and nearlydead’ suberb of White Rock for the first 18 years, and now in the Yaletown area of the downtown core.

I’ve stayed because…
…there’s no city in the world like it! The downtown core is surrounded by ocean, only 15 minutes driving to the nearest ski-able mountain. It’s also one of the most walking-friendly cities I’ve ever been to.

My favourite queer bar has to be…
…1181 for the first couple drinks then Oasis for a completely unpretentious good time. It’s been four years since the closing of our city’s beloved Odyssey, to make way for a housing project and nothing has been able to fully take its place.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News | Vancoiver Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Ramada Inn & Suites, Vancouver, British Columbia

Author: , November 26th, 2014

Ramada Inn & Suites VancouverPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Welcome to the Ramada Vancouver – located in the heart of the entertinament district in downtown Vancouver, within easy walking distance to a number of great amenities.

See the Ramada Inn & Suites Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in vancouver

Win A Two Night Stay in Vancouver

Author: , November 8th, 2014

Vancouver

Explore everything Vancouver has to offer from its vibrant West End, just steps away from the world-famous Stanley Park and English Bay beaches. Every one of our spacious guest rooms features a private balcony–and many offer stunning panoramic views of the city, waterways or North Shore mountains. Unwind at our 18,000-square foot fitness centre, including an indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna.

Package includes:

– A Two night stay in a One bedroom Suite.
– Breakfast for 2 each morning in The Brasserie.
– Complimentary Wi-Fi.
– Parking.

Entere here

Vancouver Hotel Adds Rainbow to City Skyline

Author: , July 14th, 2014

Sandman Hotel - Wayne Leidenfrost

Just in time for Vancouver’s pride events in late July and Early August, the city’s skyline now features a permanent display of LGBT pride. The Sandman Suites Hotel on Davie Street in Vancouver’s gayborhood (Davie Village) has painted a 55-foot wide rainbow on to the very top of their roof.

Vancity Buzz has a quote from Valentina Tang, General Manager of the hotel. She says:

We are proud to call this community our home and want to illustrate our pride by painting the iconic rainbow crowned on-top of our hotel…The concept behind the painting was: A heart of gold is where the rainbow begins. We are an inclusive organization and always like supporting our local communities.

By Jake Folsom – Full Story at Towleroad.com | Vancouver Gay Travel Resources

Image by Wayne Leidenfrost, Vancouver Sun

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Rainbow Travel Inc, Vancouver, British Columbia

Author: , May 22nd, 2014

Rainbow Travel

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Fed up with spending hours searching for the right Gay or Lesbian vacation from the mind boggling multitude of websites online and worry that you’ve spent too much? Wouldn’t it be convenient if all the major Gay and Lesbian worldwide vacations and cruises were on one website? Look no more!

See the Rainbow Travel Inc. Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Vancouver

Romantic Gay Vancouver

Author: , March 8th, 2014

Vancouver, BCWedding bells are ringing and you’re headed to Vancouver, the verdant metropolis of British Columbia that has enjoyed legal same-sex marriage since 2003. (Gay marriage was legalized across Canada in 2005.) This humble-yet-happening city of 600,000 residents is among Canada’s most gay-proud cities, with its annual midsummer Pride festival drawing as many attendees as the entire citywide population.

It’s hard to imagine a city more welcoming than Vancouver, where locals are so eager to share the best parts of their city that introductions may soon lead to a personal guided tour. For brides and grooms, arranging a memorable ceremony can be as easy as hiring one of a bevy of wedding planners, such as Viva Las Weddings and Two Dears and a Queer.

Or you can take the super-easy route and pay a local marriage commissioner about $80 to do the hitching as simply as you like. If it’s a dreamy honeymoon you seek, plan on some quality outdoors time by day with fun, gay nightlife to follow.

Authored By Kelsy Chauvin – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

Click here for gay travel resources in Vancouver.

New York and Canada Tops for US Gay Travelers

Author: , January 20th, 2014

New York CityNew York is the top domestic destination and Canada the top international destination for US LGBTI travelers, a survey has found.

The study by Community Marketing Inc discovered that, while lesbian, gay and bi travelers chased the sun on their holidays, the desire for ‘rest and relaxation’ as well as ‘culture, art and heritage’ were bigger motivators.

And modern gay holidaymakers demand free wifi in their hotels with 70% of them saying this was significant. LGBTI leisure travel is up by 5% in 2013 but business travel is still decreasing, as it has in previous years.

Authored By Tris reid-Smith – See the Full Story at Gay Star News

Click here for gay travel resources.

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: West End Guest House, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Author: , January 6th, 2014

West End Guest House, Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Downtown Close to the Life of the City: Victorian influenced B&B in the centre of the city. Full amenities including, WI-FI, bikes to lend, private bath, parking and full breakfasts. Mixed clientel, not exclusive to any group.

See the West End Guest House Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Vancouver

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: English Bay Inn, Vancouver, British Columbia

Author: , October 20th, 2013

English Bay Inn - Vancouver, british ColumbiaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Unexpected Hideaway in the Heart of the City: EBI is elegant and romantic B&B accommodation located in Vancouver’s West End steps from Stanley Park and English Bay beaches. Pamper yourself in our adult-oriented, smoke-free home. Six cozy bedrooms, all with private bathrooms, are furnished with antiques, luxurious QS beds, bathrobes and duvets dressed in crisp Ralph Lauren linens.

See the English Bay Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Vancouver