Ride the LGBTQ rainbow in Montréal
Safe spaces for LGBTQ folks are still vital, and that’s why people from around the world continue to visit Montréal. Inclusivity and diversity are embedded in local culture. Yes, we’ve got an exceptional Pride Festival (each August), and yes, we’ve got pulsating nightclubs. But Montréal’s queer scene is nuanced and found both in the Gay Village and in neighbourhoods across the city. Local drag queen darling Mado Lamotte (paging RuPaul fans) hosts an extravaganza of shows at her iconic cabaret. Modish queers are found sipping local beer at Notre-Dame-Des-Quilles — a bar with its own bowling alley. Cinephiles unite each autumn for the annual LGBTQ film festival. The big idea here is that travellers — who happen to be LGBTQQIP2SAA — can pick and choose a variety of experiences, all while feeling entirely welcomed.
Where to frolic in the city
While the Gay Village is a perfect place to begin your Montréal explorations, LGBT-identified visitors needn’t limit themselves to any one neighborhood. Here are some ideas to get you started.