Meet the Nomadic Boys in Person at Whistler Pride!

Author: , December 29th, 2017

Whistler Pride

We’re excited to be heading to the Whistler Pride gay ski week on 21-28 January 2018. This is one of the biggest and best LGBTQ ski weeks in North America.

WHAT IS WHISTLER PRIDE?

Every January, Whistler hosts the biggest LGBTQ piste-party in Canada, and the second largest in North America. It’s a week of skiing, snowboarding and parties. This will be the 26th year of the Whistler Pride and Ski Festival.

A few highlights from the Whistler Pride 2018 include:

  • Margaret Cho: the Emmy and Grammy nominated comedian will be performing at the Night of Comedy on Wednesday 24th January.
  • Splash Pool Party: DJ Rafael Calvente from Brazil will be heating things up on Thursday 25th January
  • The Furrocious Military Ball: your chance to party it up in your favourite uniform whether it’s army, police, leather or sports kit with Superstar DJ/Producer GSP (Greece) on Friday 26th January 2018.
  • The Cube Guys Closing Party: mega sounds, mesmerising visuals, all in a massive space, tricked out and teched to impress on Saturday 27th January 2018.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

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Eating Out: Montreal – Passport Magazine

Author: , December 28th, 2017

Republique Restaurant - Montreal

Montréal has long offered delights to fans of gastronomy, but there’s a major difference between the culinary scene of today and even just a decade back. Whereas Montréal used to be chock-a-block with amazing, homey French-style bistros and holes in the wall, today’s Québecois chefs have truly embraced the region’s indigenous farm-to-table bounty and flavors, and married them with contemporary technique and innovation.

A substantial melting-pot population (including Latino and Vietnamese) has also spawned an impressive international variety of cuisines and ethnic specialties from Peruvian Nikkei fusion at Tiradito to authentic Salvadorian pupusas(a sort of corn tortilla pouch stuffed with savory fillings) at neighborhood fave, Los Planes.

The excellent “Beyond the Market” walking tour from gay-owned, decidedly nontouristy Spade & Palacio Tours (Tel: 1-514806-3263. www.spadeandpalacio.com), features a pupusa tasting stop at Los Planes, bites from other venues including Montréal’s famed Jean Talon Market, where vendor Fromage Fermier’s local goat cheese and Havre-aux-Galce’s seasonal ice cream and sorbets alone are worth a visit. The tour concludes with a picnic lunch and takeaway “cheat sheet” with a map of their favorite restaurants and cafés.

Of course, here we have a Montréal “cheat sheet” of our own, which runs the gamut from a game-changing restaurant that has since launched Montréal’s biggest new generation of kitchen talents to a lesbian-owned craft beer pub to a new, buzzy Japanese-fusion bistro. Bonus: those with a penchant for international fine dining can find Canada’s first L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, from French superstar chef Joel Robuchon, at Casino Montréal.

Brasserie Harricana

Montréal’s craft-beer scene easily warrants its own feature article: there are some 35plus-brew pubs within the city at present, and around 150 microbreweries throughout the Québec region. A lesbian-owned, threeyear-old brasserie and microbrewer, straddling the Mile Ex and Little Italy neighborhoods, Brasserie Harricana represents a fabulous spot to give some of these brews, ciders, liquors, and even local kombucha a whirl. As indicated on the drinks menu, some draughts are served at specific temperatures, with alcohol content indicated.

The Brasserie’s space is lovely, and be sure to crane your neck and glance upward at the ceiling’s enlarged images of women’s body parts, which are partially obscured by wooden panels resembling window shutters. I created my own flight with tastes of several Harricana brews, including a sourapricot wheat beer, a Berliner Weisse infused with coffee from artisanal local roasters Dispatch, and a raspberry milk stout, plus lip-smacking ice cider from rural Québec’s Cidrerie Milton. The food menu, meanwhile, encompasses gastropub fare: deviled eggs, ale-braised lamb shank, beerroasted chicken, and generous veggie options. Weekend brunch sees crêpés, stuffed French toast, a bacon and egg brekkie sandwich with potato latkes, and decadent ribeye eggs Benedict. 95 rue Jean Talon West. Tel: 514-303-3039.

By Lawrence Ferber – Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Hung Homo Homestay – Gay Victoria Accommodations

Author: , December 26th, 2017

Hung Homo Homestay - Victoria, British Columbia

Hung Homo Homestay (or Hung’s for short) offers select accommodations for gay/bi men who are looking for affordable but luxurious accommodation in Victoria, British Columbia.

There are two types of accommodations available:

Priapus Accommodations: A large bedroom with attached private ensuite and sitting area, flat screen television and since this type of room does not have cooking facilities it is equipped with mini refrigerator and coffee maker. Special features of this room include 2 large skylights and a sitting area on a private patio overlooking the gardens.

Adonis Accommodations: This is a 1 bedroom apartment which has a separate ensuite, a fully equipped kitchen and large bedroom with queen sized beds and ample closet and storage space. Enter this suite through french patio doors through the front of the house, completely separate from the hosts’ and other guests entrances.

Guests in both types of accommodations can enjoy keyless locking systems for enhanced security, wifi in rooms, a large selection of dvd’s to chose from and laundry facilities.
The unique feature of Hung’s is that it has a large sex spa, equipped with a sling, a red “fucking bench”, many padded benches, an assortment of sex toys, vacuum pumps, and dvd’s for the flat screen television. Hung’s guests can reserve the facilities for their own private parties or can use it free of charge during the orgies which are held 3 times per week and are generally attended by 20 + likeminded men.

In addition, Hung’s is located 4 blocks from the cruisy trails of Beacon Hill Park and a short drive from a number of “clothing optional” beaches surrounding the beautiful city of Victoria. A city truly named after an “old queen”.

See the Hung Homo Homestay Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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John’s Gate Gourmet Bed & Breakfast – Gay Friendly Niagara on the Lake B&B

Author: , December 6th, 2017

John's Gate Gourmet Bed & Breakfast

Welcome to John’s Gate Gourmet B&B located in the Historic town of Niagara on the Lake. Come enjoy a quiet retreat away from the city and the pressures of daily routine.

Our B&B is custom-built pre-Victorian style, walking distance to the Queen Street shops, fine/casual dining, Shaw Festival theatres and to a winery or two. Walking distance to spa facilities at Pillar and Post, and to the oldest Golf Course in North America – the Golf Club. A few minutes drive to many more wineries, Niagara Falls, Casino Niagara, Fallsview Casino and Resort, Butterfly Conservatory, Horticultural Gardens, MarineLand and Game Farm, Antique and Boutique shops, dozens of museums and many more attractions. John’s Gate Gourmet B&B is completely private with a private entrance for guests, private living/dining room with all the amenities. A full three/four course gourmet breakfast is served everyday.

Enjoy a relaxing evening at the world famous Shaw Festival, where plays written by George Bernard Shaw, the Irish playwright, and his contemporaries like Oscar Wilde, are shown daily. There are two theatres associated with the world famous Shaw Festival – The Royal George Theatre and the Court House Theatre. The Niagara Parkway has one of the nicest bicycle paths where tourists can roller-blade all the way to Niagara Falls. Enjoy horse-back riding, jetboating, helicopter rides and walking trails. There are numerous bicycle trails. Ask us for bicycle route maps to the wineries, or just for the Niagara Region. From May to October, pick your own apples, peaches, strawberries, pears and cherries directly from the Niagara Region farms.

The Niagara Region is a wine lovers paradise. Tourists may take guided tours or visit the many wineries on their own. Spend a day biking through the vineyards and dine at casual or gourmet restaurants. Take advantage of the festivals organized by the Wineries of Niagara on the Lake. For special winery events, activities, tastings and dinners held at the wineries, please check our calendar for Winery Events. Take a wine tour and savour the taste of wines from the Niagara Region.

John’s Gate Gourmet Bed and Breakfast welcomes everyone regardless of race, sex, creed and colour.

See the John’s Gate Gourmet B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Lesbian Ottawa – Curve Magazine

Author: , December 6th, 2017

Lesbian Ottawa

This year, tourism to Canada hit a 14-year high, with international arrivals increasing by 16%. This renewed romance is due in part to the splendor of the 150th anniversary of Canada and its multitudinous celebrations, but also perhaps because our Northern neighbor demonstrates a commitment to openness, inclusion, diversity, and welcomes foreign nations in a way that seems sorely lacking in the U.S. these days. As the world’s second-largest country, stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific and Arctic oceans, there is a lot to explore in Canada, and the best place to begin is in the nation’s capital of Ottawa, which is, of course, the home of LGBTQ ally, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

So where should you make your home base when visiting Ottawa? If you wish to stay somewhere that treats you like an official dignitary, choose Fairmont Château Laurier, a sprawling and splendid fairytale castle that embodies the history, tradition, and grandeur of this inspiring city. Over 100 years, this iconic hotel has hosted the international elite—including Princess Diana, Marlene Dietrich, and the Dalai Lama! It’s the best luxury 5-star hotel in Downtown Ottawa, and an elegant centerpiece of the city, prestigiously located between Parliament Hill, the picturesque Rideau Canal, the Congress Center and all the major arts and cultural attractions.

With 426 charming guest rooms decorated with old-world style, many with views of Parliament, it’s not hard to feel like a VIP, especially when sipping a cocktail on La Terrasse and watching the sunset over the canal. If you’re interested in walls that talk, take a narrated self-guided tour of the castle and discover its rich history. Just sign in for an iPad at the front desk.

By Merryn Johns – Full Story at Curve Magazine

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Lesbian Yukon – Curve

Author: , December 2nd, 2017

lesbian Yukon

There really is nowhere like Yukon, also commonly called The Yukon. This wild and precious piece of Canada tucked up in the far northwestern corner is an adventurer’s delight to explore. In these especially troubled times, here is a place where you can get back to nature and see stunning scenery that revives your faith in the world—natural and cultural. The territory offers wide open spaces that are filled with unspoiled vistas, gorgeous wildlife, First Nations (indigenous) culture, loads of fun outdoor activities for all seasons and fitness levels, unique northern food, and friendly and LGBT-accepting locals.

It’s a particularly good time to visit because of the renewed and inspiring dedication to the Trans Canada Trail—also known as The Great Trail, which is thought to be the world’s longest network of recreational trails. Construction on the Great Trail began in 1992 and the Trail, with its many tributaries, stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific and Arctic oceans. That’s a lot of potential exploring to do! But most remarkable about the Trail is the fact that it is maintained, developed and monitored in sections at a municipal level by local individuals, organizations, and conservation groups. Plus, there’s even a Great Trail app you can download and explore.

As remote as it may seem, it’s not that difficult to get to Yukon. All you need to do is fly into the town of Whitehorse from a major Canadian city, and you’re in the hub for accommodation and all your outbound activities. Whitehorse in itself is a charming and picturesque town, and during our visit in August, we noticed a rainbow flag painted on the main street and much cultural diversity in evidence, including LGBT flags in coffee shops. Even though you’re in Canada’s “outback,” LGBTQ rights and visibility are not overlooked because you are, after all, in ever-tolerant Canada.

By Merryn Johns – Full Story at Curve Magazine

Yukon Gay Travel Resources

Your Host Inn Cuernavaca – Cuernavaca Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Author: , November 16th, 2017

Your Host Inn Cuernavaca

In 1991 Bill retired to this unique home that he built, designed and decorated. He now invites you to come and visit this Bed and Breakfast and enjoy the experience of some of the Mexican charm, cuisine and culture he has come to love. Making you comfortable is our full time job.

Enjoy gracious hospitality at YOUR HOST INN at the heart of downtown Cuernavaca. We are located in a conventional safe neighborhood only three blocks from the city center. The people are very friendly and hard working. There are several small family type restaurants with excellent food just a few steps away. You will also see some graffiti just like in New York, London, and Paris.

The property is an oasis, meticulously designed with stunning architectural and historical detail. Each tastefully appointed suite is decorated with Mexican handicrafts, and is equipped with private bath, king size beds, kitchenette, free Wi-Fi, and TV. Each of the four suites is dedicated to a Mexican artist.

Start your day with a full gourmet breakfast featuring glorious local produce, homemade breads and jams, as well as Mexican specialties. Relax in the rooftop orchid garden, with panoramic views of the city or enjoy the tranquility of the lush covered garden, brimming with rare tropical plants. Listen to the soothing sounds of the waterfall fountain, across from the open-air living room with fireplace.

Exploring Cuernavaca is easy–Taxis and mini buses are just outside our door. You are a short walk or taxi ride from the Central Market, historical Zocalo, Cortez Palace, Cathedral, museums and Borda Gardens, as well as many fine restaurants.

If you would like to explore the surrounding attractions, the central bus station is minutes away, or you can arrange for a private bilingual guide and chauffer service. Incomparable atmosphere and unmatched hospitality will make you feel that you have truly found a home away from home in Cuernavaca.

See the Your Host Inn Cuernavaca Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Five Things About Gay Montreal – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , October 30th, 2017

Gay Montreal - Nomadic Boys

“Diversity is the engine of invention. It generates creativity that enriches the world”

…spoken by one of Montreal’s most famous (straight) residents, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who led the gay parade when the city was hosting Canada’s first nationwide Fierte Pride.

Canada has always been at the forefront of LGBT rights, being one of the first countries to legalise gay marriages and with one of the most progressive transgender laws in the world. Gay Montreal, in particular, has always been a bedrock of acceptance and cultural diversity, to the point where it has developed the largest gay village in North America, and hosts many gay events throughout the year. Here are our 5 interesting gay facts about Montreal, celebrating its evolution as a haven for the LGBTQ community in North America.

Le Village Gai: Montreal’s huge gaybourhood

Montreal’s gaybourhood, otherwise known as Le Village Gai or just The Village is famous for being the largest gay neighbourhood in North America. It’s literally an entire district of the city, officially recognised in tourist city maps and searchable in social media location tags.

This is the heart of the city’s LGBTQ community, based along the mile long Saint Catherine street, bordered by St Hubert Street to the west, De Lorimier Avenue to the east, Sherbrooke Street to the north and René Lévesque Boulevard to the south.

The Gay Village dates back to the 1980s when it used to be a poor working-class neighbourhood. It was first occupied by gay and lesbian businesses after they were forced out from downtown Montreal. Over the years, the area gentrified massively to become the pink bubble of fun it is today.

During May-September, St Catherine Street is closed to cars, allowing the cafes, bars and restaurants to spill out onto the pavements to create outdoor terraces, giving the village the exciting buzzy atmosphere we love about it. It also has a rainbow crossing to mark its starting point. You can read more in our gay guide to Montreal.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Gay Montreal Travel Resources

New in Gay Calgary – Passport Magazine

Author: , October 27th, 2017

Gay Calgary - pixabay

Music is liquid architecture,” wrote Goethe. “Architecture is frozen music.” It’s a pithy, oft-quoted turn of phrase that makes intuitive sense. One needn’t read music, let alone study architecture, to understand that rhythm, structure, harmony, and precise detail amid sweeping grandeur are common elements of the two artforms.

Another common factor: unlike paintings and literature, which are largely passive, requiring us to approach their frames, to open their covers, music and architecture reach out in our direction, playing inevitable parts in our daily lives.

Until last year, North America had no major music museum with a building befitting its subject. Then came the opening of the spectacular and stirring Studio Bell, home of Canada’s National Music Centre in Calgary, Alberta (850 4th St. SE. Tel: 403-543-5115. www.studiobell.ca). It’s a deeply satisfying building to explore, seeming to unfold around you as you move through it. Like the best symphonies, it is at once majestically scaled and compellingly intimate.

What did we have before this? Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is, to me, Pei’s knock-off of his own Louvre Pyramid; it looks like an award-ceremony trophy, with none of music’s emotional resonance.

And while it might be argued that the Seattle edifice originally built as the Experience Music Project, Frank Gehry’s most garish major building, resembles a frozen chunk of 1970’s Moog synthesizer sounds, the design is untethered to any coherent vision. With no essential change to its appearance, the building was rechristened last year as the Museum of Pop Culture (aka MoPOP) and now houses a hodgepodge collection “spanning science fiction, fantasy, horror, fashion, sports, and video games.” Studio Bell is on another plane altogether.

By Jim Gladstone – Full Story at Passport Magazine

Alberta Gay Travel Resources

Canada Pride Vlog – Nomadic Boys

Author: , September 28th, 2017

Canada Pride

Canada hosted its first ever national pride in 2017 in Montreal and we were lucky to be there to soak it all up.

There were world famous drag queens, super sexy boys, incredible outfits and more.

Watch our latest vlog about it right here, and please remember to subscribe.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Montreal Gay Travel Resources