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.

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

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.

See the Expedia CruiseShipCenters Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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

Visiting Gay Toronto

Author: , August 24th, 2014

Gay Travel: Toronto to Host DREAM Leather Fetish Party on October 13thThe Church Street area in Toronto, Ontario, is a gay hotspot on any given day, but things turned up a notch for WorldPride this year. Over three days in June, the city was overrun with not only a massive parade but separate Dyke and Trans marches plus a street festival complete with eight stages of live entertainment welcoming more than 1.2 million people…

Take a day trip to the Toronto Zoo, which has more than 5,000 animals, or head into the tunnels beneath Niagara Falls, the Hornblower Cruise will take tourists right up close and personal to the water so don a plastic poncho they provide.

On the drive back, stop at Peller Estates Winery for lunch and samples. The staff is knowledgeable and very attentive plus the break in Toronto traffic will be a relief.

There are numerous places to shop in unique stores in the gaybourhood while the Queer West Village offers even more options. The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in this area contains collections exploring identity and art combined.

The Ryerson Image Centre is a new cultural destination displaying multi media and photos. Look for international food at Crown Princess Fine Dining for dim sum and decorations of gold bling, or grab meat on a stick at the new Copacabana, which not only offer loads of protein but entertainment as well, in the form of acrobats and Brazilian dancers. La Societe packs a mean brunch so don’t miss this the morning after partying at clubs like Woody’s and Buddies.

By Jerry Nunn – Full Story at Windy City Times | Toronto Gay Travel Resources

Visiting Gay Toronto

Author: , August 15th, 2014

Toronto, OntarioThe Church Street area in Toronto, Ontario, is a gay hotspot on any given day, but things turned up a notch for WorldPride this year. Over three days in June, the city was overrun with not only a massive parade but separate Dyke and Trans marches plus a street festival complete with eight stages of live entertainment welcoming more than 1.2 million people. Being such a close neighbor to Chicago, it’s a breeze to fly to this neck of the woods in fewer than two hours. Air Canada brings Chicagoans right to Toronto’s front door with a quick flight that’s comfortable yet speedy.

A suggested place to stay is Four Seasons Hotel Toronto. It’s artistic, sleek, and quiet with a modern gym and excellent cuisine. For more local bites, try Richmond Station complete with a menu created by Top Chef Canada winner Carl Heinrich or Wish Restaurant on Charles Street with huge portions of tequila battered fish and chips.

Take a day trip to the Toronto Zoo, which has more than 5,000 animals, or head into the tunnels beneath Niagara Falls, the Hornblower Cruise will take tourists right up close and personal to the water so don a plastic poncho they provide. On the drive back, stop at Peller Estates Winery for lunch and samples. The staff is knowledgeable and very attentive plus the break in Toronto traffic will be a relief.

By Jerry Nunn – Full Story at Windy City | Toronto Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: RJ Rodack Guest House, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada

Author: , June 25th, 2014

RJ Rodack Guest House - Penticton, BC, CanadaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Quiet Country Setting, Great View of OK Lake.: We have two, one bedroom, fully furnished and equipped suites. Both are beautifully appointed and offer spectacular city and lake views. Private keyless entry. We are licensed only for two adults per suite.

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the Thompson Okanagan Region

Insider’s Guide to Toronto Pride

Author: , June 19th, 2014

Toronto, OntarioNext week, brace yourself as World Pride heads to Toronto. The fourth iteration of the international LGBT celebration, and the first ever held in North America, World Pride will take everything that already makes Toronto great and dials it up to 11.

Toronto’s local pride has attracted over a million people in years past, and organizers expect that record to shatter at this year’s World Pride. There are over ten days of parties, concerts, art exhibitions and marches to give LGBT folk all over the world a chance to come together and celebrate under one flag.

Toronto is situated in many US readers’ minds as the filming location of Showtime’s “Queer as Folk.” It’s longtime gayborhood and World Pride epicenter, Church-Wellesley Village, has all the charm and attractions of that show’s Liberty Avenue without the threat of Steelers Fans. Watering holes like Woody’s and Crews and Tangos offer a cross-section of Toronto’s gay population and a little something for everyone.

By Zack Rosen – Full Story at Queerty | Toronto Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events