King George Inn – Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada

Author: , May 26th, 2017

King George Inn

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Travel back to Nova Scotia’s storied past at King George Inn Bed & Breakfast – originally built in 1868, our home is entirely furnished in wonderful, age-appropriate antique furniture.

Our B&B inn is a Registered Heritage Property, and has large, sunny guest rooms, private bathrooms, twelve ft ceilings, carved moldings, original leaded glass, fireplaces, gorgeous parquet floors, and Faith’s famous Nova Scotia hospitality.

Kin Gerorge Inn has a great location in Annapolis Royal – we’re an easy walk to all the main sights and attractions in the National Historic District.

Our inn features an antique-furnished parlour and 2 dining rooms, a grandstaircase in our main hall, and a Square Grand Piano in our larger dining room.

We offer 8 guest rooms, each furnished in beautiful oak or painted Victorian nineteenth century bedroom sets, complete with commodes, bowls & pitchers, Gone-With-The-Wind lamps, comfortable rocking chairs, oriental rugs, and artwork. Each room is also furnished with antiques, hand-made quilts, color TV, coffee maker, wine glasses, and a/c.

We have bikes available for guest use, or hang around at the inn and relax on our lawn swings, or take a picnic lunch out to our rolling back lawn. There are also a number of great outdoor activities available in the Annapolis Royal area, including whale watching, golf, and deep sea fishing – we can make reservations for you for any of these activities. There are also tennis courts and swimming facilities close by.

Our accommodations are non-smoking and scent-free. We both speak English and French.

Come visit us in Nova Scotia at the King George Inn.

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Canada’s Trans Community Calls for Change in Travel Regulations

Author: , May 18th, 2017

Canada Parliament

Jennifer McCreath has a fear of flying of a different sort: a fear she won’t be allowed on board. McCreath, a 43-year-old transgender woman in St. John’s, N.L., takes issue with a federal regulation that prohibits airlines from transporting anyone who “does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification presented.”

Doing away with the regulation is a cause the federal NDP has been pushing for five years, and one for which Justin Trudeau expressed support before becoming prime minister. It’s also one the federal Liberal government should be all over, given its self-proclaimed reputation as the party of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, McCreath said in an interview Wednesday.

“It all comes back to the notion of equality,” said McCreath, who described having to wait for two hours in a holding area before a flight to the United States in 2011, when she was in the process of changing the gender on her birth certificate. The Canadian regulation, she said, gives officials too much power in cases where someone doesn’t look like the gender indicated on their identification.

By Kristy Kirkup – Full Story at RD News Now

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Toronto’s West Queen West

Author: , November 19th, 2016

Gladstone Hotel - West Queen West

West Queen West, as locals have dubbed it, is the lesser-explored stretch of Toronto’s main shopping thoroughfare. It remains relatively spared from mega-chain stores while catering to a gayer, art-savvier population.

Start your day at the Gladstone Hotel), a historic landmark and cultural center where you can enjoy a spot of tea — with a scone — while browsing cutting-edge installations on the upper floors.

More eye candy awaits as you head east toward Ossington Avenue. Check out the nearby Twist Gallery — a 5,000-square-foot converted loft space with arched windows and exposed wooden beams — showcasing noteworthy local photographers and art events. Down a few blocks, the Stephen Bulger Gallery (BulgerGallery.com) is one of the most respected photography showrooms in the country. Recent exhibits have included works by Joel Meyerowitz and Vivian Maier, and Bulger also hosts free film screenings every Saturday in their 50-seat projection room and bar, Camera.

By Julien Sauvalle – Full Story at Out Magazine

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Must Do’s in Gay Montreal

Author: , November 6th, 2016

Rue St. Denis, Gay Montreal

One year ago, gay actor-director extraordinaire Xavier Dolan shot Adele’s Hello video just outside his native Montreal. The world watched transfixed as our still-heartbroken heroine, wrapped in faux-fur, emoted amid rolling hills, epic maples and twirling leaves.

The clip was a love letter to Canadian autumn. And yet, almost paradoxically, it was filmed in black and white. Don’t get me started. Similarly, standing atop Montreal’s imposing Mount Royal in fall, exploring the picturesque Parc du Mont-Royal thereon, is your chance to channel your inner-Adele in rich, explosive technicolor.

Yes, the surrounding countryside provides the perfect playground for foliage followers. But gay Montreal – home to 1.65 million, the largest in the Quebec province and the second-largest French-speaking city worldwide after Paris – is the natural start to such an adventure.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Tempting Toronto

Author: , October 2nd, 2016

Toronto

My friend Ming and I had been housemates in London and I was a bit gutted when he decided to move to Toronto. He seemed to settle in quickly to his adopted city, so it didn’t take much persuading from him before I was cashing in my air-miles and making my first visit to Canada.

I’d subconsciously decided not to like Toronto – I was here to remind Ming what he was missing out on in London and, in my own subtle way, encourage him to move back.

I took a taxi from the airport to Ming’s house in the Trinity-Bellwoods neighborhood. After dropping off my luggage, it was straight out to dinner with Ming, his boyfriend Terry, and his friend Moine. It was a short wait for a table at izakaya-style Japanese restaurant Guu but we were soon tucking into tasty sharing plates of chicken, pork, and beef, all washed down with beer. ‘Irasshaimase!’ shouted the happy restaurant staff every time someone arrived – this is a busy, noisy, vibrant place. Undeniably great food.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Out in Montreal

Author: , June 2nd, 2016

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Last summer, Montreal’s Gay Village offered its customary seasonal flourish with the return of “Le Projet de Boules Roses,” artist Claude Cromier’s annual stringing of “Pink Balls” above a kilometer-plus long stretch of Sainte-Catherine Street. Part of the annual May to September Aires Libres public art event, the installation featured 200,000 balls this year, up from 170,000.

With Sainte-Catherine Street closed to vehicular traffic between Saint- Hubert to Papineau, the enhanced pink canopy provided its usual ambassadorial welcome to the summer surge of gay tourists enjoying the Village’s clubs, outdoor patios, restaurants, bars, shops, and other establishments. According to Community Marketing Inc.’s 2014 LGBT Tourism & Hospitality Survey, Montreal is an equal favorite alongside Toronto and Vancouver for gay travelers from the US, with Canada heading the list of preferred international destinations.

All would seem swell in the heart of one of the world’s most popular LGBT tourism destinations, n’est-ce pas? Well, not completely. As publicized earlier this year by the Montreal Gazette, the Village has been experiencing off-season blues for some time.
In keeping with the general trend of these technological times, the Internet is reportedly to blame, as Montreal’s younger gay crowd steers toward mobile dating applications instead of hitting the Village’s bars and clubs. As I learned from renowned Montreal journalist Richard “Bugs” Burnett, however, there is more to the story.

By Jeff Heilman – Full Story at Passport

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Trinity House Inn – Gay 100 Islands Bed & Breakfast

Author: , May 13th, 2016

Trinity House Inn

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It is with great pride and enthusiasm that we welcome you to the Trinity House Inn. Our completely restored Inn offers individually appointed guest accommodations, fine dining, sofa lounge, open air rocking chair porch and sun verandah and award winning Victorian Waterfall gardens.

Trinity House Inn is for those who appreciate old-world charm and hospitality, together with the genuine beauty of surroundings and the quality of comfort it brings.

From the beautiful profusion of summertime flowers gracing the front steps to the distinctive lines of the bronze blue herons poised just inside the vestibule entrance to the exquisitely restored 1859 dwelling, the intrinsic beauty and old-world charm of Gananoque’s Trinity House Inn is readily apparent for all to see.

Today’s look encompasses one of exceptional attention to detail, from the proliferation of wonderful antiques throughout to the silky elegance of the rose on the pillow.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll through our Victorian perennial gardens with ponds, statues and a small waterfall where the chefs harvest herbs and flowers for your dinner.

The Innkeeper gave the suites names like ‘Camelot’, ‘Beau Rivage’, ‘Prince Regent’ and ‘Aubrey’ to commemorate favourites among the Thousand Islands. Each of the eight guest rooms are individually appointed and offer modern amenities for the sophisticated traveller.

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Le Cartier Bed & Breakfast – Gay Montreal Bed & Breakfast

Author: , April 18th, 2016

Le Cartier B&BPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Situated in Montreal downtown east (Gay Village), Le Cartier Bed & Breakfast is 10-20 min walk to main city attractions: Old Montreal, downtown core, fireworks, Latin Quarter, Formula One Track, Palais du Congres, Summer Festivel (Intl Jazz, Just for Laugh, etc), Bell Centre, China Town, universities, casino, Mount Royal, cycling path, and much more.

All of our b&b rooms and suites are equipped with A/C, cable TV, audio CD, wood floor, and a high speed wireless internet connection. We also offer kitchenette facilities (microwave, refrigerator, etc) for guests (no cooking). Laundry service is available at extra cost (long term customers only). Continental breakfast is included.

We also offer private furnished apartment (please inquire).

Le Cartier Bed & Breakfast is just 1 minute away from the Montreal subway (Metro Papineau), bus station & Jacques-Cartier Bridge. We’re also close to the train & central bus station.

Le Cartier B&B is one minute from Ste-Catherine street (but away from noise on quiet side street) – a lively Montreal neighborhood surrounded by restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, night clubs, theatres, supermarkets, and more.

The Bed and Breakfast is newly renovated & decorated by local artists, and the 100-year stone house provides warmth and charm. The B&B is cozy, quiet and stylish. Le Cartier B&B has a beautiful front/back yard & balcony, providing ideal relaxing & meeting places for guests.

Fun local host who knows Montreal from A to Z offers great advice in exploring the city.

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Spring Valley Guest Ranch – Gay Accommodations in Ravenscrag, Saskatchewan

Author: , January 18th, 2016

Spring Valley Guest Ranch

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Accommodations in 1913 Eatons House or log cabin plus areas for camping for tents, R.V.’s. Heritage breeds of dairy cattle and poultry await your visit.

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Quebec City: Six Reasons to Cuddle Up

Author: , January 7th, 2016

Old Quebec City

There’s nowhere in North America quite as magical as Quebec City – especially at this time of year. Amid mind-bogglingly freezing temperatures – in January 2015, it dropped to -36.7 degrees Celsius, the coldest in 75 years – this predominantly French-speaking town is a warm hug of a destination.

The city, founded in 1608 by French explorer Samuel de Champlain, is one of the oldest European settlements on the continent. It has all modern conveniences of a capital city, but, with a still-petite population of 516,000, feels intimate and special.

Indeed, the city’s rich European charm is present all year round, coming into sharper focus during the winter season – as we discovered during a visit just last week, in the run up to Christmas. So don with us your hats, gloves and sturdy snow boots as we recount eight of our favorite discoveries about this true winter wonderland…

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

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