Everyone has heard of the Toronto International Film Festival—the world’s largest public film festival—but like the rest of this fun-loving country’s major cities, this headliner is supported by a full and oversized cast of other exciting events throughout the year. Among them: one of the largest pride celebrations in the world, boasting over one million attendees participating in a three-day street festival, Family Pride program, Trans Pride, and “Dyke March.” Needless to say, LGBT life in Toronto is just “life” in Toronto—easily and universally accepted.

However, this community does have two of its own special enclaves: the Gay West Village in Parkdale and its “Queer Street West”—formerly Queen Street West—and Church-Wellesley Village, whose roots can be traced back to 1826, when gay magistrate and merchant Alexander Wood laid claim to the land. The new(er)comer West Village claims to be more progressive and edgier, with funky restaurants and a clever cocktail of mixed bars. The original boasts bookstores, gay-owned accommodations, a queer theater, and classic bars. Both will vie for your favor, but with all of the city’s many attractions—such as Harbourfront Centre’s craft studios, Power Plant art gallery, gorgeously designed Artists’ Gardens, Enwave Theatre, plus the gay, au naturel Hanlan’s Point Beach on Lake Ontario—it’s anyone’s guess what part of the city will become your favorite.

Good to Know

  • Lively and actively expanding gay scene
  • Two “gayborhoods”: Church-Wellesley Village and Gay West Village
  • Generally inclusive
  • Gay marriage legal since July 2015

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