Toronto

As an international center of business, finance and arts, Canada's largest city is an urban cultural mosaic. Toronto is one of the world's cleanest, safest and most diverse cities. Friendly faces, welcoming establishments and a GLBT community of almost 350,000 creates an environment other big cities strive to achieve.

The fact is, Toronto really is a great place to be gay. They're leading the way toward a more out, equal, and accepting existence with legal same-sex marriage. Same-sex couples from around the world have flocked to Toronto to get married (thanks to its lenient residency laws) and some even stay! Applications by gay couples to emigrate here have been in hot demand.

Rather hook-up than get hitched? No worries, Toronto pleases diverse GLBT sub-cultures with choices of gay, lesbian and mixed nightclubs, queer theater, thematic and fetish parties and festivals, popular patios, coffee shops, drag extravaganzas, leather bars, lodgings and saunas. These gay essentials are concentrated on or near the famed Church Street 'Village' featuring many GLBT-specific establishments: it's like an outdoor gay mall.

The gay beat easily mixes with a straight vibe over to Yonge street and down to to 'College West' & 'Cabbage Town' neighborhoods where you'll find various interpretations of urban cool. Then you must see Toronto's awesome skyline featuring the needle-sharp CN tower. Other activities include cruising the Harborfront, or riding the ferry to the Toronto Islands for cycling and sun worshiping on numerous beaches. If you're not shy: hike to the far end of Hanlan's point.

Special events, sports and festivals are celebrated year round. Toronto's Pride Week festival alone attracts an estimated one million attendees, and rightly so. Your choices of museums, attractions, shops, bars, restaurants and lodging in this authentic melting pot are never-ending. If you're the type who appreciates beauty, culture and diversity, you'll be sure to fall in love with Toronto.

Hotels

  • Bond Place Hotel
  • 65 Dundas Street East
    Toronto, ON M5B 2G8
  • Website: www.bondplace.ca
  • 800-268-9390 or 416-362-6061
  • Courtyard Toronto Downtown
  • 475 Yonge Street
    Toronto, ON M4Y 1X7
  • Website: www.marriott.com/yyzcy
  • 416-924-0611 or 800-847-5075
  • Days Hotel & Conference Centre - Toronto Don Valley
  • 185 Yorkland Boulevard
    Toronto, ON M2J 5C6
  • Website: www.daysinn.ca
  • 416-493-9000
  • Days Inn - Toronto East Beaches
  • 1684 Queen Street East
    Toronto, ON M4L 1G5
  • Website: www.daysinn.ca
  • 416-694-1177
  • Days Inn - Toronto East Lakeview
  • 2151 Kingston Road, Cliffside Village/Marina
    Toronto, ON M1N 1T5
  • Website: www.daysinn.ca
  • 416-261-8100
  • Days Inn - Toronto West Mississauga
  • 4635 Tomken Road
    Mississauga, ON L4W 1K3
  • Website: www.daysinn.ca
  • 905-238-5480
  • Drake Hotel
  • 1150 Queen Street West
    Toronto, ON M6J 1J3
  • Website: www.thedrakehotel.ca/
  • 866-DRAKE-TO or 416-531-5042
  • Dundonald House
  • 35 Dundonald St.
    Toronto, ON M4Y 1K3
  • Website: www.dundonaldhouse.com
  • 416-961-9888 or 800-260-7227
  • Fairmont Royal York, The
  • 100 Front Street West
    Toronto, ON
  • 800-695-7922

Bars

  • Flying Beaver Pubaret
  • 488 Parliament Street
    Toronto, ON M4X 1P2
  • Website: www.pubaret.com
  • 647-347-6567
  • Levak Block
  • 88 Ossington Avenue
    Toronto, ON M6J 2Z2
  • Website: www.levackblock.com
  • 416-916-0571
  • Melody Bar @ Gladstone Hotel
  • 1214 Queen Street West
    Toronto, ON M6J 1J6
  • Website: www.gladstonehotel.com
  • 416-531-4635
  • Mod Club
  • 722 College Street
    Toronto, ON M6G 1C4
  • Website: themodclub.com/
  • 416-588-4663
  • Mojo Lounge
  • 1305 Dundas Street West
    Toronto, ON M6J 1X8
  • Website: mojolounge.ca/
  • 416-530-1338

Shops

  • 103.9 Proud FM, The Pride of Toronto
  • 65 Wellesley Street East
    Toronto, ON M4Y 1G7
  • Website: www.proudfm.com
  • 416-922-1039
  • Dog House, The
  • 467 Church Street
    Toronto, ON
  • 416-778-5633
  • Gananoque Boat Line Ltd.
  • 280 Main Street
    Gananoque, ON K7G 2M2
  • Website: www.ganboatline.com
  • 613-382-2144 or 888-717-4837
  • Glad Day Bookshop
  • 598 A Yonge Street
    Toronto, ON M4Y 1Z3
  • Website: www.gladdaybookshop.com
  • 416-961-4161 or 877-783-3725
  • Mabel’s Bakery & Specialty Foods Inc.
  • 1156 Queen Street West
    Toronto, ON M6J 1J5
  • Website: www.mabelsbakery.ca
  • 647-748-4700
  • Northbound Leather
  • 586 Yonge Street
    Toronto, ON M4Y 1Z2
  • Website: www.northbound.com
  • 877-972-1037
  • Pink Triangle Press/XTRA!
  • 491 Church Street
    Toronto, ON M5B 1J3
  • Website: dailyxtra.com/
  • 800-268-XTRA
  • Stag Shop
  • 449 Church Street
    Toronto, ON M4Y 2C5
  • Website: stagshop.com/
  • 416-323-0772
  • TD Canada Trust - Village Centre
  • 65 Wellesley Street East
    Toronto, ON M4Y 1G7
  • Website: tdcanadatrust.com
  • 416-944-4135
  • Thousand Islands Playhouse
  • Firehall Theatre, 185 South Street
    Gananoque, ON K7G 1A1
  • Website: www.1000islandsplayhouse.com
  • 613-382-7020 or 866-382-7020
  • Timothy's Coffee Shop
  • 500 Church Street
    Toronto, ON M4Y 2C8
  • Website: timothyscafes.com/en/
  • 416-925-8550

Attractions

  • Art Gallery of Ontario
  • 317 Dundas Street West
    Toronto, ON M5T 1G4
  • Website: www.ago.net
  • 416-979-6648
  • Casa Loma
  • 1 Austin Terrace
    Toronto, ON M5R 1X8
  • Website: www.casaloma.org
  • 416-923 - 1171
  • Centreville Amusement Park
  • 84 Advance Road
    Toronto, ON M8Z 2T7
  • Website: www.centreisland.ca
  • 416-203-0405
  • CN Tower
  • 301 Front Street West
    Toronto, CA M5V 2T6
  • Website: www.cntower.ca
  • 416-868-6937
  • Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre Centre
  • 189 Yonge Street
    Toronto, ON M5B 1M8
  • Website: www.heritagefdn.on.ca
  • 416-314-2901
  • Gananoque Boat Line Ltd.
  • 280 Main Street
    Gananoque, ON K7G 2M2
  • Website: www.ganboatline.com
  • 613-382-2144 or 888-717-4837
  • Hockey Hall of Fame
  • 30 Yonge Street
    Toronto, ON M5E 1X8
  • Website: www.hhof.com
  • 416-360-7765
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • 100 Queen's Park
    Toronto, ON M5S 2C6
  • Website: www.rom.on.ca
  • 416-586-8000

Events

Pride Toronto