Charming Queer Quebec – Passport Magazine

Author: , August 23rd, 2018

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“The city is romantic, it offers a wide variety of fine restaurants, has a European flair, and, most importantly, both visitors and residents find an openness of mind, an acceptance of differences.”

We started to get nervous as a burly police officer gave us that I’m-about-to-walk-over eye. My boyfriend and I were taking a quick-kiss selfie in front of Québec City’s Fontaine de Tourny. He steps over in unison with the banging of drums from a First Nations’ festival happening across the street at Parc de l’Esplanade.

“Hey guys, let me take that photo for you,” he says, in a deep Québec accent. We pose. I wrap my arm around Jason, but keep him at justfriends length.

“Come on,” he says. “Give him another kiss, act like you like each other,” he laughs while holding up the phone and crouching like a mom taking a picture of her kids before they leave for the first day of school.

We give one another a big kiss, the officer takes the snap, and then he gives us a gentle wave goodbye. “Happy pride,” he says walking back to the festival gates.

Both of us were in somewhat of a shock by the incident and had to take a minute to discuss what just happened. Being from New York, we are programed to be suspicious of strangers, never mind a cop approaching us. It was so sweet that we savored the scenario as we stood by the cascading fountain waters.

By Joseph Pedro – Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Quebec City: Six Reasons to Cuddle Up

Author: , January 7th, 2016

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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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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Le Chateau du Faubourg, Quebec City

Author: , December 5th, 2015

Le Chateau du Faubourg

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

A private French chateau styled in Second Empire Napoleon III architecture. This restored gem offers a non-smoking, air-conditioned environment. We are located in the heart of historical Quebec City and within walking distance to the City’s best restaurants, entertainnement district and business community. This family owned chateau offers you: separate bedrooms, suites with a private bathroom and meeting rooms at very competitive rates. You will also find a Beauty Salon in the chateau.

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Frozen Beauty of Quebec City’s Montmorency Falls

Author: , February 22nd, 2015

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The frozen beauty of Montmorency Falls in Quebec City will never fail to delight your naked eye. In winter, when the city is literally enveloped in inches of snow and in sub zero Celsius, Montmorency Falls, which is higher than the world-famous Niagara Falls, shows its beauty that you would never forget.

Believe it or not, visitors get up close–so close you’d be in awe how the power, beauty and danger of nature is rolled into one to create a mesmerizing scenery you’d never tire of snapping photos or selfies-in every angle possible.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander | Quebec Gay Travel Resources

Quebec City’s Winter Carnival

Author: , February 21st, 2015

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Last weekend, I went to Quebec City for the last weekend of its annual Winter Carnaval. I’m glad I did-despite the freezing winter that almost made my cheeks as hard as a stone. I’ve never experienced such coldness before and I don’t think I’d be going back to Quebec City during winter–in 5 years! Or more. LOL…

Just outside the city wall of Old Quebec on St. Louis Street and in front of the Provincial Parliament Building, there are Ice Castle and Ice Sculptures that look stunning at night. The ice castle isn’t that big but its creativity would astound you.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander | Quebec Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

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

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Hotel Hippocampe, Quebec City

Author: , February 21st, 2014

Hotel Hippocampe - Quebec CityPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Only, Unique, Strickly Gay Hotel in Quebec: Quebec’s first and still unique exclusively gay hotel since 1974. Treat youself to an unforgettable experience. Keep your towel on an go from the hotel to sauna hippocampe.

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Embracing Winter in Quebec

Author: , February 12th, 2014

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There are cities where winter is something to be endured, where the cold months from November to March reduce citizens to shut-ins. Quebec City is not one of those places. In Quebec, the winter is celebrated. In fact, it may be one of the best times of the year to visit. Here’s how to enjoy it …

First, a note about the conditions. For sure, it is incredibly cold (winter temperatures can dip as low as -13*F), but with the correct dress, it can be manageable. Go for the three-layer technique: synthetic fabric on the bottom layer to allow humidity to escape the body, wool, flannel or fleece in the middle, and a wind-shielding exterior layer. Add a hat, scarf, mittens, and boots, and you’re ready to go.

Get into the Carnival Spirit

Undoubtedly the number one reason for visiting Quebec in the frigid winter is Carnaval de Quebec, the biggest winter festival in the world. The carnival, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, offers 16 days and nights of outdoor parties, events, and parades. They’re all presided over by official Carnaval mascot Bonhomme, a big, lovable snowman clad in an arrowhead sash and red cap. Bonhomme’s home during Carnaval is his Ice Palace, which is constructed from 2,000 blocks of ice, and is open to visitors. It’s also the setting for nighttime dance parties.

Authored By Karen Gardiner Dion – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Auberge aux Deux Lions Inn, Quebec City, Quebec

Author: , June 22nd, 2013

Auberge aux Deux Lions Inn - Quebec CityPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Small Inn Located near Old Quebec and Gay Bar: Aux deux Lions Inn hotel Quebec City Inn next to old Quebec City small hotel old Quebec. A prestigious Inn or small hotel located in the upper part of Quebec City. Tree stars, Quebec’s newest Inn or hotel is located at 10 minutes of the gay bar.

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