Canada doesn’t just have the dreamy Justin Trudeau to be proud of, it also has a bunch of great cities for LGBT travelers to visit. We made our first trip above the border last fall when we visited Toronto (watch the videos over at Out Magazine) and this month we made another trip up north, to explore Vancouver and Whistler as part of a press trip sponsored by Vancouver Tourism and Whistler Pride. We were thrilled to go along with our old friends Karl and Daan from Amsterdam (Couple of Men) and our new friends Stefan and Sebastian (Nomadic Boys), who have fantastic gay travel blogs you should definitely check out!
Unlike anywhere else we’ve ever visited, Vancouver feels at once modern and historic all at the same time. Cohesive contemporary buildings stand amongst really cool reminders of the gold rush and fur trade that gave this city it’s start.
The Douglas, part of the Marriott Hotel Autograph Collection, was the perfect place to call home for our stay. Opened only recently, it is centrally located and our room was beautiful and had an incredible view all the way to the water.
To kick off your exploring, take a trip to the Vancouver Lookout for a 360 degree view of the skyline, mountains, and bay. Then walk a few blocks over to Gastown, named for the city’s best known pioneer “Gassy” Jack Deighton who opened the area’s first saloon in 1867. This neighborhood is now home to amazing shopping, and some cool landmark’s paying tribute to the city’s past like the “Gassy Jack” statue and the Gastown Steam Clock.
Reunited at last! Excited to explore #vancouver for a few days before we head up to @whistlerpride! Check out our insta stories for some stunning views from @vancouverlookout – thanks to @inside_vancouver for bringing us here and thanks to @bladeandblue for decking us out in these plaid shirts (and Johnny’s green sweater). #veryvancouver #gayvancouver #gaytravel
You should also visit the “gayborhood” over at Davie Village. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the rainbow cross walks showing solidarity with the local LGBT community and its allies. There are great bars and restaurants to check out, as well as Little Sister’s Book and Art Emporium, Vancouver’s oldest LGBT bookstore, which was established in 1983. We were lucky enough to be in town during their annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival, and the meals were incredible. Highlights included dim sum at Mott 32, fine dining at the Victor at the Parq Hotel, and the vegan poutine at MeeT on Main. We also took excursions to Granville Island, Vancouver Aquarium, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Stanley Park, and Prospect Point.
Check back next week for our trip to WHISTLER PRIDE!