Canada is one of only a few countries in the world to recognize same-sex marriage and what better place to celebrate than Montreal? This primarily French-speaking city is full of old world history and culture, and still maintains its cosmopolitan flair as an international gay destination. Located in East Canada, just North of Vermont, Montreal is easily accessible via air, and is home to the famous Black & Blue Festival held in October.
The “Village” is located in the west section of downtown, and is the epicenter of the city’s gay scene. Here, you can find bars, clubs, restaurants, hotels and cafes that cater to their gay friends. St. Catherine Street is where it all happens and is easily accessible by foot or metro, where you can hop on or off at Berri, Beaudry, or Papineau stations. Beginning May 18 to September 12, the Village section of St. Catherine Street is closed to all vehicles, allowing restaurants and bars to set up terraces and patios so guests can dine al fresco. Be sure you visit O’Thym on de Maisonneuve Street for some appetizing cuisine, or La Piazetta on the corner of St. Catherine and Amherst for some classic pizza or pasta. Le Saloon on St. Catherine offers their take on Western Fusion, complete with either live music or a DJ. Enjoy a walking tour of Old Montreal or pop into Simon’s for some new club duds for the evening. Enjoy happy hour on the rooftop deck at Sky, take in a drag show at Chez Mado then off to Parking for Boys Night Out. Our recommendations for your stay include the Sofitel Montreal which is offering a 3rd night free and a great place to stay during Montreal Pride August 9 – 14. Gouverneur Place Dupuis Hotel is located in the Gay Village, so you’ll be close to all the action and the W Montreal is centrally located in Downtown Montreal.
Whether your plans take you to Montreal for a gay wedding, Montreal Pride or the Black and Blue Festival, this liberal and progressive city will have you partying enough to get you onto Celebrity Rehab, or at least close to it. Viva la Montreal!