Jasper National Park, Alberta – Out With Ryan

Author: , February 1st, 2019

Jasper National Park, Alberta - Out With Ryan

Jasper National Park is one of the most beautiful places in Canada. There I said it!

It’s one of the top places you must visit when travelling to Canada. Bucket list worthy, trust me. Plan a trip to Jasper for a few days and experience this National Park and all the best things you can do.

Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, with over 11,000 square kilometres for you to discover. So now that I’ve caught your interest to visit, here are the best things to do in Jasper National Park!

Hands down, the first best thing to do is drive around this national park. The amount of beautiful snow-capped rocky mountains and awe-inspiring natural landscapes around Jasper National Park is worth a drive.

If you have the opportunity to stay in Jasper for a few days, dedicate a day to taking a little road trip around Jasper National Park. It’s worth renting a car if you came to Jasper by the Via Rail train, girl trust me.

By Ryan – Full Story at Out With Ryan

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New in Gay Calgary – Passport Magazine

Author: , October 27th, 2017

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Music is liquid architecture,” wrote Goethe. “Architecture is frozen music.” It’s a pithy, oft-quoted turn of phrase that makes intuitive sense. One needn’t read music, let alone study architecture, to understand that rhythm, structure, harmony, and precise detail amid sweeping grandeur are common elements of the two artforms.

Another common factor: unlike paintings and literature, which are largely passive, requiring us to approach their frames, to open their covers, music and architecture reach out in our direction, playing inevitable parts in our daily lives.

Until last year, North America had no major music museum with a building befitting its subject. Then came the opening of the spectacular and stirring Studio Bell, home of Canada’s National Music Centre in Calgary, Alberta (850 4th St. SE. Tel: 403-543-5115. www.studiobell.ca). It’s a deeply satisfying building to explore, seeming to unfold around you as you move through it. Like the best symphonies, it is at once majestically scaled and compellingly intimate.

What did we have before this? Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is, to me, Pei’s knock-off of his own Louvre Pyramid; it looks like an award-ceremony trophy, with none of music’s emotional resonance.

And while it might be argued that the Seattle edifice originally built as the Experience Music Project, Frank Gehry’s most garish major building, resembles a frozen chunk of 1970’s Moog synthesizer sounds, the design is untethered to any coherent vision. With no essential change to its appearance, the building was rechristened last year as the Museum of Pop Culture (aka MoPOP) and now houses a hodgepodge collection “spanning science fiction, fantasy, horror, fashion, sports, and video games.” Studio Bell is on another plane altogether.

By Jim Gladstone – Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Transgender Crosswalk Hits the Streets of Calgary

Author: , September 17th, 2017

Transgender Crosswalk - Calgary

Two new crosswalks have appeared in Calgary in time for pride, one rainbow and one with the transgender pride colors.

It is the first time that the city has painted a trans pride crosswalk, and becomes the third Canadian city to do so, after after Whitehorse and Lethbridge. The one in Lethbridge is the first permanent transgender crosswalk.

The crosswalks in Calgary can be found at 4 St. and 17 Ave. S.W.

“It’s quite a positive and supportive statement for our city to have that done,” Jason Kingsley, president and executive producer of Calgary Pride, said.

By Jeff Taylor – Full Story at LGBTQ Nation

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Jasper, Alberta – Small Town for the Queer Visitor

Author: , August 28th, 2015

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Of the many ways that Jasper, Alberta, is unique, two particulars stand out and shape this small town’s appeal for the queer visitor. First, Jasper is located inside a national park, which means that every one of its approximately 5,000 inhabitants must meet eligible residency guidelines. Whether through work, school or family, the life of every Jasperite is connected to Jasper National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site), and this plays out in a packed calendar that celebrates the natural diversity of the region, the community and the people. Second, the town mascot — though admittedly, an unintentional icon of gay culture — is a bear.

Located just four hours west of Edmonton by car, the town comprises a small cluster of streets alongside the Athabasca River in the shadow of Marmot Basin. In the winter, daily shuttles make the trip from town to the ski hill, which has recently enjoyed terrain expansions and infrastructure upgrades — developments that only enhance its existing appeal. Marmot’s base elevation of 1,697 metres is the highest of any ski area in North America.

Initiated in 2009, the inaugural Jasper Pride weekend attracted just a few dozen people, but the event has grown steadily to include more of the local population and visitors from farther-flung places.

By Keph Senett – Full Story at Xtra | Alberta Gay Travel Resources

International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics Championships Comes to Edmonton in 2016

Author: , January 21st, 2015

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Edmonton will be the site of the largest gay sporting event in Alberta history next year when it hosts the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics championships. Up to 1,000 participants plus several hundred partners, friends and officials are expected for the festival Aug. 8-14, 2016, co-chairman Mike Stansberry says.

It’s a sanctioned masters competition, featuring swimming, water polo, diving, synchro, open water races, and the maybe-not-so-official Pink Flamingo.

The Pink Flamingo? “The best way to describe it is a drag aqua-follies synchro show in water … done in the dive tank,” Stansberry says. “It can be a mix of swimming, choreography on the deck, diving off the platform, costumes — although no glitter or feathers, because they clog the pool filters.”

By Gordon Kent – Full Story at the Edmonton Journal | Alberta Gay Travel Resources

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.

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Coming in June – Edmonton Gay Pride

Author: , May 10th, 2014

Edmonton Gay Pride 2014

The Edmonton Pride Festival Society will showcase the unity and diversity of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans-identified and queer (LGBTQ) community and its allies. The Society has been given responsibility by its members, representatives from community groups and businesses for strategic planning, organizing, coordinating resources and the execution of a Pride Festival for the capital region.

Edmonton’s first Pride celebration took place in 1980, and has grown from a small celebration of 75 people who enjoyed a baseball game followed by a campfire. Events added in the past 29 years have included rallies and fairs, poetry readings, art shows, picnics, croquet tournaments, baseball games, a film festival, the parade and Celebration on the Square.

By Kelly Riker – Seasons of Pride | Alberta Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Calgary Westways Guest House, Calgary, Alberta

Author: , March 15th, 2014

Calgary Westways Guest House, Calgary, Alberta, CanadaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Calgary’s Best Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast: Experience our downtown 1912 Arts & Craft style home with its English ambiance. Relax, be comfortable & be you, say Jonathon & Graham. Calgary?s only CAA / AAA 3 Diamond B&B. Enjoy our many amenities including our clothing optional deluxe hot tub.

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Jasper Pride Festival Comes to Alberta in Two Weeks

Author: , March 8th, 2014

Jasper Pride Festival 2014Jasper Pride Festival 21-23 March 2014 – a three-day winter Pride event with skiing, ice hiking, drag shows, movies, concerts and more! Jasper Pride Weekend is made up of volunteers from all across the business, not-for-profit and LGBTQ community in Jasper in Canada.

Jasper Pride Weekend is the only Winter Pride Festival in the Canadian Rocky Mountains taking place late March or early April every year. It is attracting locals and visitors alike.

A formal committee was organized in the spring of 2009 and the event has grown exponentially since then. In 2013 a not-for profit Society was founded with the support of Jasper’s business community, Tourism Jasper and the Jasper Chamber of Commerce.

Authored By Kelly Riker – See the Full Story at Seasons of Pride

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Jasper Pride Comes to Alberta This Month

Author: , March 4th, 2014

Jasper Gay PrideJasper Pride Weekend, the one and only winter Pride Festival to take place in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, returns this March – bigger and better than ever for its fifth anniversary.

The annual celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities in Jasper started five years ago as a small local event and has since grown far beyond Jasper’s borders, now attracting hundreds of visitors from across Canada annually.
This year themed around ‘Jungle Fun’, the Festival has released a jam-packed schedule of events starting in style with a fabulous ‘Let’s Celebrate!’ Welcome Reception on the evening of Friday March 21st. Other events include lesbian musical comedy entertainment, a show-stopping drag show, LGBT-themed short films, outdoor fun, hilarity, dress-up and plenty of chances for people to get together and have a fantastic time!

New for the fifth Jasper Pride Festival is the ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ guided snowshoe excursion to Jasper’s infamous Maligne Lake, ‘Ice Pride’, a guided ice hike to Maligne Canyon, morning yoga and a fun fancy dress contest on the slopes of award-winning ski area, Marmot Basin. Jasper Pride Festival Society has also secured popular, special drag guest stars from the Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose, the inimitable drag performers from Guys in Disguise, the musical comedy duo “The Dirrty Show” and Canadian country and folksinger Toni Vere.

Long known as being very friendly, eclectic and open-minded, Jasper has always warmly welcomed diversity – attracting backpackers, travelers, workers, students, ski bums and adventure seekers from all over the world.

“Jasper is the perfect home for a truly authentic Pride Festival in the mountains, the only one within a Canadian National Park”, comments Uwe Walter, Co-Chair, Jasper Pride Festival Society.

“We welcome everyone to join us in the weekend celebrations. Jasper Pride Festival brings together the local and LGBT communities, friends, allies and families, all looking to have fun and meet people in a positive, friendly, open and relaxed environment.

The Festival continues to receive incredible support from within the Jasper community, as well as from local businesses and we are very excited to mark Jasper Pride Festival’s fifth year together!”

Mary Darling, CEO, Tourism Jasper adds, “Jasper Pride Festival has quickly established itself as one of Jasper’s signature annual events. Tourism Jasper is proud to support the Jasper Pride Festival Society to welcome both the LGBT communities and visitors to experience such a positive event that celebrates Jasper’s diversity. It’s such a fun, light-hearted weekend of activities and events with something for absolutely everyone – we are all looking forward to marking the fifth Pride Festival here in Jasper!”

For a full list of events taking place for Jasper Pride Festival 2014, as well as to see Pride accommodation packages visit Jasperpride.ca.

For ideas and inspiration on what to see, do and experience in Jasper, as well as accommodation and restaurant options, visit Jasper.travel.

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