The first ports of landing for early European explorers, the provinces of Newfoundland/ Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New runswick make up this historic and culturally diverse region on Canada’s East Coast. Stunning parks, spectacular beaches, national historic sites, and the highest concentration of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Canada, are just some of the reasons to visit this dynamic region.
Close to two and a half million people call this region home, spread out over rugged coastlines, scenic islands, pine forests, and delightful cities. Picture postcard perfect lighthouses dot the landscape, and some of the best seafood in the world is on offer at all ports of call.
The rainbow flag also proudly flies throughout major cities, as well as in some of the delightful smaller urban centres throughout the summer months. Rainbow crosswalks are starting to appear where you may not expect them, and it can be an added delight to schedule a visit to coincide with one of regions LGBTQ+ Pride celebrations. Check out festivities in Halifax, Sydney, Amherst, Yarmouth, St. John’s, St. John, Moncton, Fredericton, Charlottetown and Summerside, among others.
Halifax is the provincial capital, largest urban centre, and a major port city, university town and naval centre in the province of Nova Scotia. As Atlantic Canada’s largest city, Halifax has a well-developed LGBTQ+ infrastructure and is home to eastern Canada’s largest LGBTQ+ cultural festival, pride parade and community fair, Halifax Pride. Starting from humble beginnings back in 1987, expectations are that well over 100,000 spectators will join in the festivities in 2019 as they celebrate 32 years.
Spring Garden Road is a popular area for local LGBTQ+ Haligonians and visitors alike, with a great mix of open public spaces, trendy shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. The downtown core area is also home to Reflections Cabaret and Menz and Mollyz Bar, popular with the local queer community.
In addition to the Pride festivities, there are also year-round LGBTQ+ related events taking place throughout the region, including monthly Pride meetings, community dinners, educational seminars, live performances, comedy, bowling, swimming, happy hours and more.
Be sure to check out these Halifax and Atlantic Canada resources for additional information, 2019 dates and schedules.