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.

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

Author: , November 2nd, 2014

Sands on Golden Lake

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

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Vancouver Selfie Spots for Gay Tourists

Author: , October 31st, 2014

Vancouver, BCGay photographer Randall Shirley set out to capture several of Vancouver’s gay-interest spots. A selfie at any of them could be a great way to say: look where I am!

His lens selected these iconic spots:

1. Permanent rainbow crosswalks are at the heart of Davie Village, intersection of Davie and Bute streets.

2. Vancouver AIDS Memorial, a ribbon of steel set into the hill at Sunset Beach, west of the intersection of Beach Avenue and Broughton Street.

3. A signpost marks Lee’s Trail, an area of Stanley Park historically popular with gay men.

Full Story at Rainbow Tourism | Vacouver Gay Travel Resources

Visiting Gay Toronto

Author: , October 30th, 2014

Toronto, Ontario

I’ve just arrived in Toronto, my first time visiting the much-hyped Canadian city, and I begin walking from my hotel to the University of Toronto where a Human Rights Conference is about to kickoff as part of this year’s World Pride festivities. My hotel, the Four Seasons Toronto (60 Yorkville Ave. Tel: +1-416-964-0411. www.fourseasons.com), is located in Yorkville and my friends and I are surprised by the enormous amount of area establishments that are demonstrating their gay pride. During my walk along Avenue Road, I spot the Church of the Redeemer’s sign “Welcome the World, Happy Pride,” the Royal Ontario Museum’s massive rainbow banner that shows off their sponsorship of the events, HSBC’s rainbow flags, and the national chain Pizza Pizza’s advertisement for “Slice + Coke + Pride Bag” for $5.99. The city’s glass-heavy architecture reflects the street-level life as well as a near-constant ROYGBIV shimmer that glistens to the street, like the rainbow being cast from “The More You Know” star, and I’m beginning to think Toronto itself reflects a spirited, unique diversity.

As the street turns from towering glass to more brick and mortar, we hear a voice shout, “Hey girls.” We see a twinkish boy with a camo backpack equipped with a rainbow flag sticking up. Looking like an overly patriotic, gay-friendly Volkswagen Beetle he asks: “Want to come with me to check out this exhibit?” Our collective look of New York skepticism is obvious. “It’s right here,” he says as he points to The Gardiner Museum (111 Queens Park. Tel: +1-416-586-8080. www.gardinermuseum.on.ca). The large banners advertise the exhibit Camp Fires: The Queer Baroque of Leopold L. Foulem, Paul Matheieu and Richard Milette, but we’re running late and pass up the opportunity and insist to one another that we may have only traveled one hour to get here from New York City, but must have landed on another planet.

We then enter Victoria Park. “Whew, I think my eyes are still seeing rainbows,” my friend laughs as we adjust to the greenscape. “I spoke too soon,” she says while pointing to a rainbow-hued dome creeping above the trees from the University’s quad. “This city really is so gay,” she coos. “I know, I love it,” I utter.

By Joseph Pedro – Full Story at Passport | LOCATION Gay Travel Resources

My Chateau in Quebec City

Author: , August 30th, 2014

Chateau Frontenac , Quebed City - photo by Andrew CollinsWith its fairytale setting high on a cliff-top overlooking the St. Lawrence River, Quebec City ranks among the most romantic and historic destinations in the Western Hemisphere. Although it’s grown over the years into a thriving metropolis of slightly more than 500,000, Quebec City’s ancient core — which lies inside a formidable masonry fortification — retains an intimate look and feel that reminds one more of Europe than the rest of North America. Abundant with old-world galleries and antiques stores, cobbled lanes, inviting sidewalk cafes, historic inns and B&Bs, Quebec City is a perfect place to steal away for a day with your partner.

Just three hours from Montreal, Quebec is also within an afternoon’s drive of such major metropolitan areas as Boston, New York City and Toronto. Quebec is a wonderfully intimate city, highly walkable and oozing with history. Geographically, it is divided between two levels, Upper Town and Lower Town — the latter section lies low along the St. Lawrence River, and the former rises high above it, perched atop a magnificent ridge on the city’s eastern flanks.

Just beyond the city’s western wall is the quaint heart of the city’s small but lively LGBT scene, concentrated along Rue Saint-Jean, where you’ll find several bars and boutiques popular with the gay community, and down the hill from here, the once prosaic Saint-Roch district has undergone a considerable renaissance, with a number of hip restaurants, bars and shops having opened in recent years.

By Andrew Collins – Full Story at The Dallas Voice | Quebec Gay Travel Resources

Photo by Andrew Collins

Featured Gay Travel Agent: Expedia CruiseShipCenters – Kevin Essar, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

Author: , August 30th, 2014

Expedia CruiseShipCenters - Kevin EssarPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

At Expedia CruiseShipCenters, we are navigators of spectacular vacation experiences. Expedia CruiseShipCenters is a global leader in the marketing and sales of cruise vacations. We also provide resort and other land vacation options, including air, car, hotel, and travel insurance. This allows us to serve all the travel needs of our customers.

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