Outside Montreal’s Gay Village – The Mile End

Author: , April 4th, 2015

Montreal's Mile EndMontreal’s Gay Village has boys, booze, and clubs open past dawn. But if you want to start your mornings with legendary Montreal bagels and end your night at a lo-fi electro dance party before drifting home, spend a weekend in Montreal’s Mile End. It’s laid-back and welcoming to LGBT tourists and the tattooed, bike-riding, book-toting, locally-sourced goodness might have you wanting to stick around just a little longer.

Friday night:

Dine at Sparrow (5322 St-Laurent) for high-end pub fare by way of India and Morocco. The space feels like a British living room owned by a family of adventuring rugby player explorers circa 1930. If the weather isn’t cooperating, curl up on the windowside sofas and linger with a drink from a menu that repeatedly tops Montreal’s best cocktail lists. IMG_2362

Afterward, head to the Musee d’Art Contemporain (MAC). It’s not in Mile End, but the museum’s Les Nocturnes du MAC, on select Fridays throughout the year, are worth the trip. Check out French artist Sophie Calle’s Voir la mer, a short film capturing people’s first time seeing the sea, take a guided tour of the museum’s collection, hit the bar, and enjoy the DJs and video installations. This year’s Nocturnes are scheduled for April 10, June 16, and November 6.

By Kyle Valenta – Full Story at Towleroad.com | Quebec Gay Travel Resources

Five Ways to Experience Montreal’s Culture

Author: , March 25th, 2015

Montreal ArtWith non-stop festivals and foodie delights at every turn, Montreal attracts hordes of tourists eager to sample the culture and style of this sophisticated metropolis. But after you’ve viewed a Cirque Du Soleil performance and munched on a St. Viateur bagel, it’s time to dig into Montreal’s more unexpected experiences. Here are some alternatives to the big-ticket attractions.

Go on a public art crawl, either DIY or guided.

Montreal is filled with art — in fact, 1 percent of any city building or renovation budget must be allocated for a piece of public art. That makes for a whole lot of interesting sculptures, paintings, or murals to liven up just about every Montreal street. We especially love the murals that line Saint Laurent Boulevard; it’s easy to simply stroll and enjoy the art on office and commercial buildings all along the street.

If you prefer a more organized self tour, try the tourism office’s handy map, which plots public art pieces on five different Montreal routes. Or for a guided tour, check out Urban Marmotte’s tour of Montreal’s art-covered Metro system ($19 CAD, or about $15 USD). The tour, which lasts between two and two and a half hours, has been regularly scheduled from January through the end of this month but can be booked privately for the rest of the year.

By Rosalind Cummings-Yeates – Full Story at Sherman’s Travel | Quebec Gay Travel Resources

Eating Out: Nova Scotia

Author: , March 23rd, 2015

Morris EastThe best part of the “eat local” trend is discovering a city with incredible regional ingredients. In Halifax, Nova Scotia, diners enjoy an embarrassment of riches, thanks to the region’s especially fertile and productive growing season, and the bold restaurateurs who take full advantage of Atlantic Canada’s best.

In this island province, seafood is of course the star attraction. It’s often so fresh that your fish, lobster, oyster, or other marine delicacy may have been pulled from the bay just hours before. Local chefs complement their prized seafood with well-suited herbs, vegetables, grains, as well as wines and craft brews unique to Nova Scotia. They also excel at making old-favorite dishes their own. Who knew there could be so many delicious versions of poutine or chowder?

Gay-friendly Halifax enthusiastically celebrates its Pride every July, but the rest of the year this midsize city is awash in its pride of food sourced from farms, fisheries, foragers, and small-batch producers. While you’re here, you’ll happily devour some of the tastiest food and creatively prepared dishes that we had the pleasure of experiencing during a recent visit.

BROOKLYN WAREHOUSE

To boldly take the name of the world’s coolest borough gives a restaurant a lot to live up to. One would be correct to expect industrial-chic decor, but it’s hard to antici- pate what makes a great menu in Halifax–especially one that embodies the Brooklyn moniker. Clearly this place is happening, having soared in popularity since its 2007 opening. Chef Mark Gray has raked in awards for his mashup of local flavors, which have kept Brooklyn Warehouse on top of many “best of” lists across Canada.

By Kelsy Chauvin – Full Story at Passport | Nova Scotia Gay Travel Resources

Eating Out: Nova Scotia

Author: , March 6th, 2015

Brooklyn Warehouse

The best part of the “eat local” trend is discovering a city with incredible regional ingredients. In Halifax, Nova Scotia, diners enjoy an embarrassment of riches, thanks to the region’s especially fertile and productive growing season, and the bold restaurateurs who take full advantage of Atlantic Canada’s best.

In this island province, seafood is of course the star attraction. It’s often so fresh that your fish, lobster, oyster, or other marine delicacy may have been pulled from the bay just hours before. Local chefs complement their prized seafood with well-suited herbs, vegetables, grains, as well as wines and craft brews unique to Nova Scotia. They also excel at making old-favorite dishes their own. Who knew there could be so many delicious versions of poutine or chowder?

Gay-friendly Halifax enthusiastically celebrates its Pride every July, but the rest of the year this midsize city is awash in its pride of food sourced from farms, fisheries, foragers, and small-batch producers. While you’re here, you’ll happily devour some of the tastiest food and creatively prepared dishes that we had the pleasure of experiencing during a recent visit.

By Kelsy Chauvin – Full Story at Passport Magazine | Nova Scotia Gay Travel Resources

International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics Championships Comes to Edmonton in 2016

Author: , January 21st, 2015

IGLA

Edmonton will be the site of the largest gay sporting event in Alberta history next year when it hosts the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics championships. Up to 1,000 participants plus several hundred partners, friends and officials are expected for the festival Aug. 8-14, 2016, co-chairman Mike Stansberry says.

It’s a sanctioned masters competition, featuring swimming, water polo, diving, synchro, open water races, and the maybe-not-so-official Pink Flamingo.

The Pink Flamingo? “The best way to describe it is a drag aqua-follies synchro show in water … done in the dive tank,” Stansberry says. “It can be a mix of swimming, choreography on the deck, diving off the platform, costumes — although no glitter or feathers, because they clog the pool filters.”

By Gordon Kent – Full Story at the Edmonton Journal | Alberta Gay Travel Resources

Montreal’s Divers/Cité

Author: , January 18th, 2015

Image via Divers/Cite websiteThe night air had cooled, a contrast from earlier in the day when the summer sun soared high and bright overhead. Around me, a crowd (mostly gay, mostly male, mostly shirtless) undulated to a deep, rolling bass line heaved at us from onstage by European house duo Chus & Ceballos. As it tapered into a distant storm of drumbeats, the lights faded to a glow and highlighted the twinkling cityscape on one side and the glimmering waterfront on the other.

A young woman wearing a backpack and sparkly makeup pranced toward us, cackled something in French, and vanished back into the sea of bodies. I wiped the sweat off my brow and chugged some water as a flash of light anticipated the return of the drums. The beat hung overhead a brief moment, then opened into a downpour of synth, bass, and melodic vocals. The words sung in Spanish flooded the quay and washed us away.

What European electronic dance music hotspot is this? Paris? Mykonos? Ibiza? Au contraire, mon frere. It’s Divers/Cite, a weeklong international arts and culture festival that has taken place each summer in Montreal for over 20 years. In fact, in 1993 Divers/Cite organized the first Montreal LGBT pride celebration, which included a parade, a community fair, and an arts and music festival. In 2006, Divers/Cite organizers decided to create two distinct LGBT events: one focused on community development, and the other a full-fledged arts and music festival.

By Bryan van Gorder – Full Story at The Advocate | Quebec Gay Travel Resources

Image via Divers/Cite website

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Cabbageville B&B, Toronto, Ontario

Author: , December 8th, 2014

Cabbageville B&B - Toronto

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

Beautiful Historical Location in D/T Toronto: House built in 1880, set in pretty treed location. 10 min walk to Church street, 2 min walk to transport and loads of excellent restaurants.

See the Cabbageville B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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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

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.

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Featured Gay Accommodations: Sands on Golden Lake, Golden Lake, Ontario, Canada

Author: , November 2nd, 2014

Sands on Golden Lake

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

Lakeside Inn & Resort: Newly updated rooms, spacious chalets with fireplaces, beautiful surroundings, spectacular sunsets, sumptuous meals, spa treatments and truly gratifying service.

See the Sands on Golden Lake Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Eastern Ontario