Explore an array of 2SLGBTQ+ welcoming tourism experiences, attractions and events that celebrate vibrant 2SLGBTQ+ communities and highlight the diversity of Ontario.
Places to go
Ontario is a place of diverse experiences and welcomes 2SLGBTQ+ visitors to explore it all.
From Toronto’s trendy city strips to scenic country vineyards in Niagara and Prince Edward County, and Ottawa’s national treasures to the expansive wilderness in Algonquin Provincial Park.
Savour a cocktail, relax on a patio, catch a drag show or dance until the early morning hours at one of countless 2SLGBTQ+ bars and clubs in Toronto.
- Church-Wellesley Village is Toronto's largest gay community and is busy day and night. At its core is Church Street, located close to shopping, theatre, attractions and internationally inspired cuisine.
- Toronto’s Queen Street West boasts hip, queer-friendly bars, cafés and shops.
- Find out what’s going on in DailyXtra online, IN Magazine and on ProudFM.
Soak in Canadian culture in Ottawa, the nation's capital, with galleries, theatres, museums and icons of historic and political significance.
- The ByWard Market is an attraction of market stalls, shops and cafes - and when in Ottawa, sample the world famous 'BeaverTail' treat.
- Bank Street is the heart of the city’s growing gay village. It is surrounded by well-established and newly blossoming 2SLGBTQ+ friendly bars, restaurants and accommodations.
Beyond Toronto and Ottawa
For the foodies and liquorist there are countless wineries, breweries, cideries, distilleries, taste trails and local treats like butter tarts, chocolate or cheese creations. And, of course, maple-infused everything ... from beer to bacon to donuts.
- From fascination historic attractions to a flourishing live music and culinary scene, the vibrant city of Kingston strikes the perfect balance between hip and heritage. Plus, it’s home to 20 Rainbow Registered businesses and hosts festival, events and workshops throughout the year.
- Just over an hour drive west from Toronto, the Niagara Peninsula is a picturesque area with over 80 wineries.
- If you decide to travel east of Toronto, check out Prince Edward County, another inviting wine region.
Places to stay
Experience the wonder of the Falls and sample the flavour of wine country, find world-class theatre and indulge in locally inspired, farm-to-table cuisine in the Niagara region. You’ll also find equally great places to stay in the Niagara region.
- Ellis House Bed and Breakfast: Tastefully decorated, adult only Victorian B&B, just two kilometres from the falls.
- Lion’s Head Bed and Breakfast: Historic Edwardian home overlooking the Niagara River Gorge.
- The Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview: Offers spectacular views in Niagara Falls.
- The Old Stone Inn Hotel: Check out the dining and touring packages offers.
- Vintage Hotels: Upscale heritage properties that include Prince of Wales, Queen’s Landing, Pillar and Post and Moffat Inn in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
- The Oban Inn: Spoil yourself with a luxurious spa treatment at this boutique Niagara-on-the-Lake inn.
Find 2SLGBTQ+-friendly accommodation in Toronto that caters to you. There’s no shortage of chic at trendy hotels, or for that personal touch, opt for a B&B or boutique inn.
- A Seaton Dream: Inviting bed and breakfast located in Old Cabbagetown, close to Church Street.
- Victoria’s Mansion: Downtown Church Street Village guesthouse that combines 19th century charm with 21st century comforts.
- The Gladstone Hotel: Located in Toronto’s West Queen West queer neighbourhood, this creative boutique accommodations celebrates local art, music and food.
- The Drake Hotel: Labelled the ‘nerve center of the Toronto arts world’ by the New York Style Times Magazine, the Drake is a local hotspot.
- The Broadview Hotel: East end digs in a gorgeous renovated heritage building, formally a strip club.
- Hotel X: Lavish harbourfront resort-style hotel with sweeping views and cool amenities including Toronto’s only tri-level rooftop SkyBar.
Ottawa is brimming with culture, history and attractions, a growing gay village in the heart of the city. Let one of Ottawa’s welcoming accommodations direct you towards some capital fun.
- Andaz Hotel Ottawa ByWard Market: Sleek hotel with stunning city views.
- ARC The.Hotel: A great chic downtown option.
- Rideau Inn: Cozy, home-away-from-home experience.
- Le Germain Hotel: Stylish, comfortable and personalized boutique hotel.
- Fairmont Château Laurier: Heritage hotel located next door to Parliament Hill.
Rainbow Registered accommodations in one of Ontario’s oldest and coolest cities include:
- The Smith Hotel: Stay in a unique loft style suite in what was once a 19th-century limestone church.
- Courtyard Marriott Kingston: Conveniently located along Highway 401, this spot serves as a great home base for exploring Kingston and beyond.
- Holiday Inn Kingston Waterfront: Recently modernized, this lakefront hotel takes full advantage of gorgeous water views.
The great outdoors
Get back to nature at one of Ontario’s gay and lesbian campgrounds, inclusive resorts and beaches.
- Cedars Campground, Milgrove: Gay and lesbian tent and trailer resort near Hamilton.
- The Ridge, Grand Valley: Adult 2SLGBTQ+ resort and campground near Orangeville.
- Clearview Resort, Young’s Point: Family-friendly, gay and lesbian welcoming cottage resort in the Kawarthas on gorgeous Stoney Lake.
- The Point Tent & Trailer Resort, Vittoria: Just minutes from Turkey Point, resort for gay men on Ontario’s south coast.
- Riverside RV Campground, Tweed: Members only campground and RV park in eastern Ontario’s Land O’ Lakes area that caters to gay men.
Further north, you will be blown away by the beauty of Algonquin Provincial Park, one of the iconic wilderness parks in the province. If camping is not your style, tried-and-true queer-friendly resorts with rustic chic cabins, glamping tents or luxury lakeside rooms in and near Algonquin include:
Events and festivals
Ontario hosts several Pride festivals and events each summer, as well as 2SLGBTQ+ gay and lesbian film festivals, so plan to join these queer-positive celebrations.
Ontario’s 2SLGBTQ+ communities show their pride each summer to celebrate diversity and love in all its forms and to honour the tremendous achievements made to expand inclusivity and equality for 2SLGBTQ+ people.
Find out more about pride festivals in Ontario.
Film, music and entertainment
Experience moving and meaningful storytelling in queer cinema. Annual highlights include:
- Reelout Queer Film Festival, Kingston, January/February
- Rainbow Ski Weekend, Blue Mountain, March
- Rainbow Reels Queer Film Festival, Kitchener Waterloo, various events through the year
- London Lesbian Film Festival, April/May
- Inside Out, Toronto, May/June
- Queer North Film Festival, Sudbury, June
- Toronto Queer Film Festival, March/April
- Lavender Wild music festival, Toronto, June 4, 2023
Additional travel resources
Last updated: September 20, 2023