Queer Toronto: Five Must-See Events – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 16th, 2018

Queer Toronto - The Nomadic Boys

Toronto is one of the most exciting gay destinations in Canada. It has an awesome gay scene, and like the gay events in Montreal, it also has its fair share of gay events taking place each year.

These are our 5 best gay events in Toronto you should consider checking out and planning your trip around.

FEBRUARY IN QUEER TORONTO: Rhubarb Festival

The Rhubarb Festival is Canada’s longest-running new works festival, taking place at the awesome Buddies in Bad Times theatre in the gay village of Toronto. It is a 10 days festival every February, which started in 1979. It has since grown from strength to strength each year, and is today funded partly by the government, partly by private sponsors.Rhubarb is a festival where artists explore new possibilities in theatre, dance, music, and performance art. This is the place to come and see the most adventurous ideas in performance. During the festival there are around 3/4 shows taking place, and no two nights of Rhubarb are ever alike.  For more information, check out the Rhubarb archive on the Buddies in Bad Times website.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

Queer Toronto – Gay Travel Resources

Gay Toronto Clubs and Bars – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 11th, 2018

Gay Toronto Clubs and Bars - The Nomadic Boys

We love the scene in gay Toronto. It is home to Canada’s largest gay community and welcomes visitors from all walks of life.

Just like the gay scene of Montreal, the gay village of Toronto is huge. It is located at the intersection of Church and Wellesley Streets, and therefore nicknamed the “Church and Wellesley Village”. This is where the majority of the best gay bars, clubs, restaurants, cafes and clothing stores can be found. It is also ground zero for the annual Pride week in the summer, which is one of the largest pride festivals in the world.

These are our 5 favourite gay Toronto bars and clubs, which you can also check out in our vlog about gay Toronto at the end of this article.

Woody’s

Woody’s is an institution in Toronto. From the outside it looks like 2 separate bars: Woody’s and Sailor’s. Inside, they connect and merge as one. This iss the staple go-to bar to start the night, with some of the funniest drag shows in town. It’s been around since 1989 making it the first bar in the village.

We love their “best” competitions on the weekends like best chest and best ass, where contestants are judged and winners based on who gets the loudest applause from the audience.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

Toronto Gay Travel Resources

Gay Vancouver Island for Romance – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , March 30th, 2018

Gay Vancouver Island for Romance - The Nomadic Boys

Vancouver Island is a fabulous place for a romantic weekend getaway in British Colombia – Canada’s westernmost province. Despite the name, it’s actually far from Vancouver downtown and involves either a short plane ride, or car/ferry ride to reach it. We came here for a weekend retreat during our trip in Vancouver and completely fell in love. There are many highly rated restaurants, beautiful sceneries to explore, and even a few wineries to check out. Yup – Canadian wine is a thing!

Following our trip, we’ve put together our 5 favourite romantic things to do in Vancouver Island, which we hope will inspire your trip. Please note the island is huge, and we only saw a glimpse of it, so there are of course many many more things one can embellish this list with!

The Hydropath at the Pacific Mist Spa

One of the most relaxing things we did as a couple on Vancouver Island is the Hydropath circuit at the Kingfisher hotel. We chose it because every local we asked for tips on what to do in Vancouver Island, suggested this. This is a guided circuit in what feels like an underwater sea cave. The circuit took us around various wellness pools including a mineral massage pool, waterfall massage, steam cave, tidal bath and more. Our favourite was the final bath, which included a sand and seaweed body scrub, presented on a large scallop shell.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

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24 Hours in Queer Winnipeg – Travel Pulse

Author: , March 28th, 2018

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Winnipeg is a delightful city and a surprisingly queer-friendly destination that’s not on the radar of many Americans. But what if a queer traveler had a single day to sample its pleasures? What would be at the top of the list? Matt Schaubroeck, Corporate Communications Specialist for Tourism Winnipeg, gave us some pointers.

“There’s always so much to do in Winnipeg—we’re a four-season city filled with attractions, restaurants and entertainment that’s sure to have something for everyone to enjoy,” said Schaubroeck. “I’d recommend starting at The Forks, where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet. You’ll find one of Winnipeg’s best tourist attractions there, featuring bike rentals in the summer or skate rentals in the winter. You can take the river trail (when it’s cold, one of the world’s longest winter skating trails) throughout the heart of the city including our French district, St. Boniface and our architecturally stunning Exchange District.”

The city doesn’t have one specific “gayborhood,” as queer residents and businesses are somewhat uniformly spread out among the larger city.

By Paul Heney – Full Story at Travel Pulse

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Gay Vancouver for Romance – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , March 26th, 2018

Gay Vancouver for Romance - The Nomadic Boys

Vancouver is a diverse, bustling city on the west coast of Canada in the British Columbia province. It’s gorgeous because on the one side you have the ocean breeze and on the other side, the city is surrounded by snow capped mountains. Nature is everywhere here.

The downtown central part of Vancouver is an excellent base for couples to visit, with many highly rated hotels, restaurants and bars. We loved the gay scene of Vancouver, as well as the range of activities you can do during the day. These are our 5 favourite romantic things to do in Vancouver, which we loved, and most importantly, you can do throughout the year.

Evening stroll along the Vancouver waterfront

The waterfront area of Vancouver was our favourite spot. It the perfect place to come for an evening stroll and watch the sea planes take off/land on the water. We also loved the city views here because of the mountain backdrop.

When strolling the waterfront, be sure to check out another favourite landmark of ours – the iconic blue raindrop statue called The Drop. The official explanation of this sculpture is that it is meant to pay homage to the power of nature, particularly water, which surrounds the city. We also love the unofficial explanation by locals that it is more of a celebration of the high amount of rainfall in Vancouver.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

Vancouver Gay Travel Resources

Gay Whistler – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , March 5th, 2018

Gay Whistler - The Nomadic Boys

What do you get when you mix together a bunch of gay boys, a giant rainbow flag and a huge pile of Canadian snow? The Whistler Pride and Ski Festival of course!

We were very excited to attend the 26th annual Whistler Pride week in January 2018. We love skiing, especially gay ski festivals as they always have the best parties.

Where is Whistler?

Whistler is a small town north of Vancouver in the British Columbia province of Canada. It’s famous for having one of the largest ski resorts in North America and for hosting some of the events of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

The town is surrounded by two mountains: Whistler (2,184m/7,165ft) and Blackcomb (2,436m/7992ft). There are over 200 marked ski trails in between the two mountains, catering to all difficulty levels: green for beginners, blue for intermediate, black for advanced and double blacks for people who are just plain mad!

The Whistler Pride and Ski Festival is one of the biggest and best LGBTQ ski events in North America. We absolutely loved it and highly recommend it to all gay travellers seeking out a gay ski event to attend. To show you just how awesome it was, here are our 5 amazing things to do during the Whistler Pride week.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Whistler Gay Travel Resources

Gay Toronto – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , February 7th, 2018

Gay Toronto - The Nomadic Boys

Watch our weekend in Toronto as we set out to discover the gay scene and the nightlife. We went to gay bars like Woody’s, which have the best drag shows, and we danced at awesome gay clubs like Fly. We also had a yummy brunch at Lola’s Kitchen. All of these places are located in Toronto’s gay village.

We also did some sightseeing in Toronto, such as the CN Tower and the huge Aquarium.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

Toronto Gay Travel Resources

Downtown Bed and Breakfast & Spa – Gay Friendly Ottawa B&B

Author: , February 3rd, 2018

Downtown Bed & Breakfast - Gay Friendly Ottawa B&B

Downtown Bed and Breakfast & Spa is in a restored Edwardian House (preVictorian) in the heart of Ottawa, Canada.

We’re within easy walking distance to the Rideau Canal, embassies, and many other colorful local attractions. Our property has a lush garden in the summer. We offer WiFi, continental breakfast, and parking is included, along with tea/coffee 24/7 and filtered water.

If you’re looking for a gay friendly place to stay in downtown Ottawa, check out the Downtown Bed and Breakfast & Spa.

See the Downtown Bed and Breakfast & Spa Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Ottawa Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

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

Whistler Gay Travel Resources

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

Quebec Gay Travel Resources