Celebrate Pride, province-wide
Toronto’s annual Pride festival is the largest event and it’s joined by cities, towns and communities across the province hoisting the rainbow flag in their own celebrations and reflections.
Experience Toronto Pride and discover other Pride festivals in all directions from Toronto that are well worth a road trip.
Toronto Pride has earned its reputation as one of the largest pride festivals in the world and returns with parades and marches including the Dyke March, the Trans March, a new Global Black Pride and loads of kid-friendly programs. This year the festivities extend to 2SLGBTQIA+ communities beyond downtown Toronto, including Scarborough, North York and Etobicoke.
But Pride is so much more than just a festival, it’s a month-long chance for 2SLGBTQIA+ communities and allies to reflect on where they have come from, recognize what they have achieved, and to rally together for the ongoing push ahead towards an inclusive and supportive society for all.
The annual Pride Month kicks off with an official flag-raising ceremony at City Hall and runs throughout the month of June, building up to the high-energy festival weekend, which includes the Trans March, Dyke March, and culminates in the Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25, 2023.
Visit Destination Toronto to find the perfect place to stay and all the great restaurants, attractions and events the city has to offer.
Over five years strong and growing, Kenora celebrates its pride throughout the month of June with open mic nights, special events, pride yoga, a drag show and a Pride March.
When: June 24–26, 2022
Where to stay: with some of Ontario’s most spectacular nature at your doorstep you’ll want to stay awhile in Kenora
Elliot Lake Pride
Hailed as the Pride capital of the north, Elliot Lake’s Pride or "ELPride" kicks off with a flag-raising ceremony, followed by engaging workshops, all culminating in the grand finale parade.
When: June 24–26, 2022
Where to stay: Laurentian Lodge and Hampton Inn by Hilton are both great accommodation options
Windsor Essex Pride Fest
Windsor’s 2SLGBTQIA+ community and friends celebrate equality and diversity with five days of inclusive theatre, music, art and a parade. The parade begins at Market Square and proceeds via Ottawa Street to Lanspeary Park for Pride Day activities, food vendors and entertainment.
When: August 3–7, 2022
Where to stay: Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino and Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel are two great options; find more 2SLGBTQIA+-friendly accommodations in and around Windsor
Ottawa Capital Pride
With a mission to build a rainbow community within the nation’s capital, this festival aims to advocate, educate, connect and celebrate. And there’s no shortage of celebrating. Follow the pageantry during the parade to a fair on Bank Street with entertainment and more.
When: August 21–28, 2022
Where to stay: swanky hotels in Ottawa include the Andaz Hotel Ottawa ByWard Market, The Alt Hotel Ottawa and Delta Hotels Ottawa City Centre
Pride Week commences in Brockville with the annual flag raising behind City Hall, followed by fun events such as the Rainbow Run, Pride Parade and the Rainbow Village Vendor Fair in Hardy Park.
When: June 6–12, 2022
Where to stay: you’ll want to explore the historic downtown, scenic waterfront and heritage sites in and around Brockville; find the perfect accommodation to serve as a home base during your stay
Pride London Festival
Feel the love at London’s most colourful event that embraces empathy, inclusion and fun. Activities include an outdoor festival, comedy show, art exhibit and annual London Pride Parade.
When: July 14–24, 2022
Where to stay: accommodation options in London include Hotel Metro, Delta London Armouries Hotel and Idlewyld Inn & Spa; find all the best places to eat, shop and play in "Forest City"
There are so many great Pride festivals and events taking place across the province. Find one near you:
- Stratford Winter Pride, February
- Pride Niagara, May
- Tri-Pride, Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, May
- Elliot Lake Pride, May
- Guelph Pride, June
- Bay of Quinte Pride, June
- Sault Pride Fest, June
- York Pride, June
- Hamilton Pride, June
- Thunder Pride, June
- Pembroke Pride, June
- Grey Bruce Pride, June
- Brantford Pride, June
- Lanark County Wide Pride, June
- Kenora Pride, June
- Borderland Pride, Fort Frances, June
- Kincardine Pride, June
- Brockville Pride, June
- Dryden Pride, June
- Pride Month and Pride Toronto, June–July
- Sudbury Pride, July
- Muskoka Pride, July
- Pride London Festival, July
- Simcoe County Pride, July
- Ottawa Capital Pride, August
- Windsor Essex Pride Fest, August
- Chatham-Kent Pride, August
- Minden Pride, August
- Pride Manitoulin, August
- North Bay Pride, September
- Peterborough Pride, September
- Timmins Pride, September
Get more information about 2SLGBTQIA+-welcoming experiences, attractions and events all around Ontario.
Last updated: January 18, 2023