Vancouver has a large gay population which boasts numerous venues and yearly events. Visitors from all over the world attend two annual parties, The Gay Pride Parade Day and Whistler’s Gay & Lesbian ski week.
Pride day this year will be Sunday August 1, 2010 starting at noon. The parade has an audience of over 600,000 and is lined up in colorful fashion throughout the 20 block progression ending at the “Sunset Beach Festival Site” for a continued celebration. The entertainment is non-stop and talented people wanting to participate can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter Pride at Whistler, BC usually held in February, was moved to March 1-8 to accommodate the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The host hotel was the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa but there are many other available hotels to choose from when visiting this spectacular tourist location . This popular Gay & Lesbian “week long” party celebrated it’s 18th year displaying the proud diversity of thousands of visitors and locals attending the numerous venues at the beautiful Whistler/Blackcomb location. Events included a “wild pool party“, fetish themes, snowball fights, dog sledding tours, yoga, zip lining and even cooking classes.
The Gay nightlife in Vancouver is just as exciting as the above events. Davie Street has the most popular establishments in the city. Celebrities and Numbers nightclubs have been popular for years and are seldom without a line up in the late evening. Pumpjack pub caters to men in leather who like sports on the big screen. Score on Davie is also a sports bar featuring all the pay per view hockey games, half price burgers on Wednesdays and an outdoor patio. The Fountainhead pub has a large covered deck which is great for checking out all the talent cruising up and down Davie Street on a warm summer or spring evening. (Other Venues on Davie Street are: Sugar Daddy’s, 1181, & the Davie Village Cafe)
There are a few well known lesbian hangouts in Vancouver. Havana‘s, Stellas, Turks, JJ Bean Coffee House, The End Cafe are all located Commercial Drive on the east side which seems to attract much of the lesbian community. It is a warm and friendly section of town and simply called “the drive” by many of the regulars. There are numerous bars & restaurants with Italian & Spanish cuisine being the most common theme among them. There are antique shops, vintage stores and even a sex shop. Womyns’Ware is a well known store that caters to the sexual needs of women, and well worth a visit whether you are straight or gay.
Vancouver is a festive city all year long in the gay community. The Winter Olympics opened its arms to gay & lesbian visitors from around the world. Making friends and “feeling a part of it”, just means taking a stroll down Davie Street, Denman or Commercial at anytime during the day or evening. People in Vancouver are proud of their city and look forward to showing off the beauty and excitement that it offers. Long term friendships will be made and maybe even a few gay marriages will take place a visit to Vancouver. Whatever the scenario, visitors will have the time of their lives with many a story to tell their friends!
Submitted By: Susan McCord http://www.youtube.com/twobeavers
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