Vancouver, Canada’s gateway to the Pacific is a stylish, modern metropolis that is home to a diverse population of over 2.4 million residents. Consistently ranked as one of the most liveable and beautiful cities in the world, it’s also home base for the largest LGBTQ2+ community in Western Canada.
The impressive Coast Mountains frame Vancouver’s spectacular setting, with striking glass towers in the downtown core juxtaposed with dramatic west coast natural scenery and parkland. Nine major beaches meander 18 kilometres around the city, many with long stretches of gorgeous sandy beaches, and some highlighted by long stretches of sub-tropical looking palm trees.
The world’s longest continuous waterfront path, the Vancouver Seawall, winds for 28 kilometres from the Vancouver Convention Centre downtown, all the way to the fabulous beaches of Spanish Banks. Bike lanes and pedestrian paths keep things running smoothly along the way, passing by upscale yacht clubs, seaside hotels and numerous restaurants and pubs. Take in the wonders of Stanley Park, the Lion’s Gate Bridge, Third Beach, Second Beach, or continue on to English Bay Beach, Sunset Beach, Granville Island, David Lam Park, and more.
The iconic sails of Canada Place are recognized symbols of Vancouver, highlighted for special events with dramatic lighting to fit the occasion, including rainbow colours for the annual Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival.
2018 will be a fantastic time to visit Vancouver, and Vancouver’s stylish state-of-the-art airport (YVR) is one of the first impressions for visitors to the region. Voted #1 Airport in North America for the eighth consecutive year by Skytrax World Airport Awards in 2017, the sheer glass walls throughout YVR highlight the stunning natural setting on arrival.
Vancouver’s LGBTQ2+ community is an active and integrated part of Vancouver’s cultural mosaic. Proudly represented in the political spectrum, tourism industry, civic calendar of events, and all walks of business, LGBTQ2+ Vancouverites enjoy this fabulous destination the same as everyone else.
In 2018 Vancouver Pride will celebrate its 40th Anniversary. The Vancouver Pride Society organizes the annual Vancouver Pride Parade and Pride Festival @ Sunset Beach, in addition to other events throughout the year, such as the Unicorn Ball, and Stand Out Awards. The annual Pride Parade is the largest parade in the city, and with official civic status, attracts an estimated hundreds of thousands of spectators each year. Pride festivities stretch out over a month long schedule, culminating with the parade and festival on August 5, 2018. Be sure to plan well in advance, as hotels and the best event tickets sell out every year.
2018 will also be the 30th Anniversary of the Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF), which is the largest Queer media event in Western Canada. The VQFF presents over 75 films each year, in addition to workshops, performances and parties. VQFF also spearheads OUT in Schools, to engage youth through film. Passes and Six Pack ticket packages are available online and Festival dates run August 9 -19, 2018.
Visitors to Vancouver’s Davie Village will see the ongoing community improvements to the neighbourhood, with ongoing joint projects of the West End Business Improvement Association (WEBIA), the City of Vancouver, the Vancouver Pride Society, and various community organizations. One of the most recent additions is the new Heart of Davie Village neon sign, welcoming visitors to the Village. Jim Deva Plaza anchors Davie Village, with year-round events and iconic speaker corner, highlighted by the now world-famous rainbow crosswalks. Situated in Vancouver’s West End, with easy access from all major downtown hotels, and just steps from some of Vancouver’s most gorgeous beaches, Davie Village is must-see part of any Vancouver itinerary. A focal point for Vancouver’s LGBTQ2+ community, Davie Village is also a great starting point for LGBTQ+ travelers to the city.
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