Toronto, Canada’s largest city, is a major destination for international LGBTQ+ travelers, and is considered on par with other global gay travel destinations. Home to five million residents, Toronto’s LGBTQ+ community is the largest in Canada, and host to the largest annual pride celebrations.
No stranger to international events, Toronto was host to the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association Global Convention in 2009, and will be host once again in 2018. The city was also host to WorldPride in 2014, and the Pan Am Games in 2015.
Church-Wellesley Village, the original gay village, is an urban destination with the largest percentage of LGBTQ+ owned and welcoming businesses in Canada. Home to renowned LGBTQ+ bars and clubs, bookstores, saunas, cafes, restaurants, and community organizations, Church-Wellesley is home base for many, and often the first stop for LGBTQ+ visitors setting out to explore the city.
The West Queen West Art & Design District is Toronto’s second, somewhat edgier neighbourhood of interest to the LGBTQ+ community, known locally as the Queer West Village. This eclectic area is home to broadcasters, gay-welcoming bars, restaurants, shops, cafes, design houses
and galleries galore. Queer West, the organizers of the annual Queer West Film Festival, also produces OUTexpressions, an online publication with listings of some of the hottest events and places in town.
Canada’s largest LGBTQ+ Centre, The 519, is located at 519 Church Street in the Church-Wellesley Village. This registered charity is an agency of the City of Toronto and works in partnership with community businesses and sponsors, to provide a broad range services, programs and meeting spaces for the LGBTQ+ community.
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