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EXPERIENCE ONTARIO

From Toronto’s trendy city strips to scenic country vineyards in Niagara and Prince Edward County, Ottawa’s vibrant Ontario150 events to expansive wilderness in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario is a place of diverse experiences and welcomes LGBTQ  visitors to explore it all.

OUT IN THE CITY

Savour a cocktail, relax on a patio, catch a drag show or dance until the early morning hours at one of countless LGBTQ bars and clubs in Toronto. Church-Wellesley Village is Toronto's largest gay community, and bustles day and night. At its core is Church Street, located a stone’s throw from shopping, theatre, attractions and internationally inspired cuisine. Toronto’s Queer West Village runs west from Ossington Avenue and boasts hip bars and funky cafés and shops. Find extensive listings on what’s going on in DailyXtra online, IN MagazineOUTvisions and on ProudFM.

The centre of the gay universe may seem to be in Toronto, but other cities across the province are emerging satellites of fun and fabulousness! Soak in Canadian culture in the nation's capital, Ottawa, with national galleries, theatres, museums and icons of historic and political significance. The ByWard Market is an attraction of market stalls, shops and cafes - and when in Ottawa, sample the world famous 'BeaverTail' treat. Bank Street, the heart of the cities' growing gay village, is surrounded by well-established and newly blossoming LGBTQ friendly bars, restaurants and accommodations.

SIP SIP HOORAY

Ontario is home to both established and burgeoning wine producing regions. For the foodies and liquorists there’s a plethora of wineries, breweries, cideries, distilleries, taste trails and local delecatables like buttertarts, chocolate or cheese creations. And, of course, maple-infused everything ... from beer to bacon to donuts. Just over an hour drive west from Toronto, the Niagara peninsula is a picturesque area with over 80 wineries nestled below the Niagara Escarpment. Take a day trip or extend it to a weekend ‘grape escape’. There’s plenty to toast heading east from Toronto as well. Check out Prince Edward County, another inviting wine region, oozing with rural-chic charm.

GET OUTDOORS 

Combine a little outdoor fun to your trip. Ontario’s beaches are as diverse as our population. Getting fit and being active is always more fun with friends! Find your tribe with Outslopes TorontoOutSports TorontoOut and Out and Frontrunners.

Queerstory app

QUEERSTORY TOURING APP

Explore the sites and sounds of Toronto’s vibrant and storied LGBTQ history with Queerstory, a free walking tour app featuring 47 site-specific mini documentaries.

Sign for Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

BUDDIES IN BAD TIMES

This theatre group is a landmark in Toronto for LGBTQ culture and a world leader in developing queer voices and stories for the stage.