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.

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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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Gay Niagara and Ottawa – Canadian Delights

Author: , June 23rd, 2014

Niagara Falls

Gorgeous French Canadian chateaux are just some of the architectural delights of Eastern Canada, especially in the national capital of Ottawa, which enthusiastically celebrates Pride. (Photos courtesy Ottawa Tourism) Last week, we previewed WorldPride, the internation gay celebration taking place this weekend in Toronto. But Canada’s largest city isn’t the only place Texans interested in headed toward the Great?White North can find queerlicious destinations.

In Part 2 of our series, we offer suggestions for other Canadian delights. And all are just overnight getaways from Toronto, so you don’t have to miss out on anything.

Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Shaw Festival. It takes about 90 minutes to drive around the southwestern edge of Lake Ontario to reach one of Canada’s most celebrated winemaking regions and most charming historic colonial towns, Niagara-on-the-Lake, which is a gateway for exploring gay Niagara Falls, just 15 miles south. Famous for its early military history (the town was a key setting of the War of 1812), the town is home to several battlefields and related sites as well as the excellent RiverBrink Art Museum, and a compact, pedestrian-friendly downtown abounding with gay-friendly country inns and B&Bs, sophisticated restaurants with shaded courtyards and patios, and the prestigious Shaw Festival, which presents a mix of works by the iconic 19th-century playwright George Bernard Shaw along with plays by other notables (both Cabaret and lesser-known Tennessee Williams play A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur are during the summer season) in four theaters.

By Arnold Wayne Jones – Full Story at The Dallas Voice | SW Ontario Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

The Secrets of Ottawa

Author: , February 1st, 2014

Ottawa, Ontario, CanadaCanada’s capital, Ottawa, is emerging from the long shadow cast by its neighbors, Montreal to the east and Toronto to the southwest. Primarily known for its arts and culture attractions (Ottawa is home to all of Canada’s national museums and galleries), the city now also prides itself on a standout food scene, affordable local attractions, and easy access to the surrounding countryside.

We spoke to Jantine van Kregten, a long-time resident of the city and Director of Communications for Ottawa Tourism, about the best ways to see the city, her favorite neighborhood spots, and some off-the-beaten-path places to visit. Here are some of her recommendations…

Discover the city:

Thanks to its compact layout, downtown Ottawa is easy to explore on foot or by bus. For a narrated experience, take a Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour, which visits the city’s top landmarks via a London-style double decker bus ($29, all rates listed in approximate US$). Or, consider the public bike share program, BIXI, a convenient and cheap way to get from A to B.

Authored By Lisa Hubner – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Rideau Inn, Ottawa, Ontario

Author: , January 14th, 2012

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

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

Rideau Inn, Ottawa, Ontario, CanadaRideau Inn B&B c. 1906, is located on quiet, shady, residential Frank Street in downtown Ottawa, retains the charm of a century home with high ceilings, large rooms, a front verandah and an impressive entry foyer with oak staircase and paneling and has been modernized with all the convenience you expect.

We welcome and accept all, including Gay/lesbian/transgendered guests.

Guest share lots of amenity space and enjoy a great degree of privacy as we operate more like a small intimate hotel.

Our sunny living room has a gas fireplace with carved oak mantelpiece, cable TV/VCR, a free guest computer with high-speed internet, a video library, and telephone for free local calls.

We offer an all-you-can-enjoy breakfast buffet from 5 am-10:30 am in the formal dining room. Our fully equipped guest kitchen may be used to prepare light meals or store food purchases. 8 large provincially themed guestrooms, share 3 bathrooms and 2 additional guestrooms have private en-suite baths. 2 guestrooms can be combined as an economical 2 bedroom apartment with bath, kitchenette/dining and living room.

A sunny, private, roof deck, and a front porch with street view, are both available to smokers. The house is staffed daily and we are adults only, pet free and an environmentally conscious house.

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