Toronto’s “Gay Village” is front and center, and within reach of everything that this exciting city has to offer.
If you are in downtown Toronto and standing at the intersection of Church and Wellesley, you are at the core of Canada’s liveliest gay neighborhood. Use the Wellesley station and walk from there. There are many choices for gay, lesbian and mixed nightclubs, queer theatre, fetish and circuit parties, festivals, popular patios, coffee shops, drag havens, leather bars, lodgings and saunas. It’s like an outdoor gay mall placed in the heart of Toronto!
In Toronto, the gay neighborhood meshes perfectly with the other hip neighborhoods and districts including Yonge Street, “College West” and historic “Cabbage Town.” There is even a second gay neighborhood called “Queer West” that is edgier than Church/Wellesley and is aimed at integrating gay and straight patronage at its bars, restaurants and shops.
Toronto’s Entertainment District offers attractions including its skyline-famous CN tower, St. Lawrence and Kensington Markets, or a ferry-ride to Toronto Islands for cycling and sun worshipping on numerous beaches including the clothing-optional far end of Hanlan’s Point.
Special LGBT events are celebrated year round, so you’ll want to check a calendar (www.churchwellesleyvillage.ca) when planning your trip. Toronto’s world-renowned Pride Week attracts a million attendees in June. With so many museums, concerts, shops, bars, festivals, restaurants and lodgings to consider, gay Toronto is a year-round celebration. If you are looking for a beautiful city that is sexy, cultured, hip and diverse, you will love Toronto.
— Tony Adams