In the capital of Canada, a country whose reputation for overall “niceness” is well deserved, open arms await all visitors. An outstanding collection of museums, art galleries, and restaurants and a plethora of markets and antiques to browse fill its gorgeous, oft-photographed streets, especially around the neo-Gothic Parliament Hill area and in the easily walkable downtown. In addition, there’s plenty of outdoorsy activities for active folks; live theatre; and even a little bit of history for the LGBT community—the first-ever gay and lesbian demonstration held in Canada took place right here in 1971.

Today, in addition to being a shining example of inclusion, Ottawa also has its own officially designated Village. Set on Bank Street and bounded by Nepean to James Streets and Kent and O’Connor Streets, this area is rife with shopping, nightlife, bars, plus gatherings of its many clubs, organizations, activities, LGBT events, and even support services. During Capital Pride, it’s also filled with boisterous fun that really showcases the diversity of the local community, the majority of which takes part in the celebration. Join in, but explore the rest of the city as well. After all, a visit here is bound to be a “capital” time.

Good to Know

  • Lively and actively expanding gay scene
  • LGBT life centered around the official Village on Bank Street
  • Generally inclusive
  • Gay marriage legal since July 2015

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Fairmont Château Laurier


Reflecting the confidence, dignity and style of Canada's capital city, Fairmont Chateau Laurier stands as a testament to this dynamic, thriving city. Located next door to the Parliament Buildings, the landmark Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel in Ottawa is a magnificent limestone edifice with turrets and masonry reminiscent of a French chateau. This luxury hotel in Ottawa enchants guests with its charm and stateliness.

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