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There is one thing you'll notice very quickly in Toronto: the gay culture is everywhere. The notion of a single "gay neighborhood" in the city is largely outdated.

(25 minutes) Video left - Couchsuring in Toronto Parkdale? Meisha Watson, a 30 something traveler from England, experience's west Toronto as only locals can. Non Parkdale Landmarks are: Beaver Cafe, Ms. Watson's Host, Mark Charlebois lives in Brockton Village and Dog Bowl Movie Night is in Trinity Bellwoods Park, east of Parkdale, P.S video starts slowly.


While Church-Wellesley Village is the center point of the LGBTQ activity, establishments belonging to homosexual or who welcome them with pleasure exist throughout the city - especially in the West End, where the "Queer West Village "as we called it gently, quickly gained a reputation as an alternative to the panorama of Church Street.

Gathered around Queen Street West, between Trinity Bellwoods Park and Roncesvalles Avenue, the Queer West is somehow the cousin of the Gay Village but younger, funkier and more connected. You will not find bars "exclusively gay" but rather several places and events that attract a wide mix of people, gay to straight open-minded, and all kinds between these two. Queer West, you risk offending someone by more musical tastes as your sexual preferences.

With an abundance of restaurants and trendy style bars, shops and avant-garde art galleries - not to mention some super-hot spots for nightlife - Queer West is an absolute must for all visitors the city.

There are other queer neighbourhoods in Toronto besides Queer West. Church & Wellesley: The heart of the city's main gay village in downtown Toronto. (Subway: Wellesley or College) The Danforth also known as Greektown: A trendy area with lots of gay and lesbian residents as well as gay-owned businesses. (Subway: Broadview, Chester or Pape) College Street: Little Italy around Clinton has a decided gay/artsy flair. (Streetcar: College) and Leslieville: Gay boys and girls in search of affordable homes and starving artists being, well, starving artists are transforming this gritty neighbourhood with great restaurants and quirky shops. (Streetcar: Queen east)

Research studies about Queer West Toronto

Queering neighbourhoods: Politics and practice in Toronto (Abstract) By Catherine Jean Nash, Professor Geography, Brock University. Her paper argues that for some queer women and gender queers individuals, The Village (Sic: Church Street gay village) is not viewed as a desirable location for social or political organising given perceptions the area is dominated by largely white, middle class, gay men. http://www.acme-journal.org/vol12/Nash2013.pdf

Gay West Community Network (Queer West), launched a three part series, examining the nature of queer neighbourhoods in Toronto; The Future of Queer Neighbourhoods in Toronto - Are Gay Neighbourhoods Worth Saving? What Do Queer Neighbourhoods do for Cities? Learn More

In his book There Goes the Gayborhood? Author Amin Ghaziani said: “Neighbourhoods often move, reform and migrate, he says. Toronto’s “Queer West” and Vancouver’s Commercial Drive are two such examples. Many young queer people may want to live in a gay area, but they settle where they can afford the rents, even if that means congregating in — and queering — new neighbourhoods. Ghaziani further theorizes that these gay-friendly neighbourhoods could eventually become full-fledged gay neighbourhoods in their own right. If the old gaybourhood was an island, these new models are archipelagos. These new villages may eventually supersede the older ones, or they may all coexist.´

While the Queer West End of Toronto is not a designated tourist area like the traditional gay district around the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood.. Safe yes, if you keep in areas mentioned in this article. There hasn't been gay bashing, in over 26 years, since school teacher and librarian Kenneth Zeller, was kicked to death in Parkdale's High Park by five youths in 1985. Which was made into a play called Steel Kiss. While Toronto Parkdale is a working class gritty part of the city (Some jokingly refer to it as Crackdale) Here you will find all races, genders and sexualities, old, young, rich and poor living side by side.

Like a fabulous herd of reindeer gays and lesbians are moving out to live, work and play in the new queer districts in the city.The best known of these districts is the newly claimed 'queer arts' neighbourhoods emerging on Queen Street West (Trinity Bellwoods/Parkdale) and to some extent on Dundas St. W (Brockton Village) in west central part of old Toronto.

Queer West Village'a name?

In 2001 Michel F. Paré (one of the founders of queerwest.org) made up the name Queer West Village more of a joke on what a great, place it was to live, work and play here. At first people said it was a figment of his imagination, no one would go there. 14 years later Toronto Tourism has devoted an entire page to how great it is to come here, QWV will be here for long time. http://www.seetorontonow.com/toronto-diversity/queer-west/ Toronto tourism is also bring attention to visitors that "Every summer in August, Queer West celebrates its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered artistic community with the Queer Arts Festival– a week-long event that includes a film festival, spoken word events, concerts, art gallery tours by bicycle, and more. Take in art that challenges and explores the concept of sexuality."

The City of Toronto in 2009 bolted new signs on all lamposts, officially designating it the "Art and Design District, " Due to West Queen West's popularity, condo developers and higher commercial rents are forcing many smaller gallery owners and clubs to move north a couple of blocks to Dundas W (between Ossignton and Lansdowne Avenue) . The height limit is only three stories.(Reference source for height limit: Dundas West BIA)

More commercial and huge tracts of condo gentrification is happening between 1001 Ossignton and 1214 Dufferin on West Queen Street West (Beaconsfield Village). The bigger galleries like MOCCA are staying put for now. That part of the famous artists neighbourhood will disappear in ten years for less for the hipsters, as the epicentre of gay culture moves West to (Parkdale) and North to (old Brockton Village also know as, Little Portugal) New enclaves are starting West in the Junction.

Apartment Hunting, In Queer West Toronto rents (Shared accommodations) are cheaper (Rooms $450+) Bachelors ($575 - $1145) one bedroom Apartments ( $645 - $2200) for the 20 / 30 somethings living, work and playing in the west village, lots of parks for cruising, to swap spit and bug spray. A lot of younger people are now using VIEWIT looking for new digs (Pictures, locations, amenities and price ranges) http://www.viewit.ca/ T4 for west village neighbourhood

So do yourself a favor: shuck those glossy, brochure vision of soul-sucking Ma and Pa merriment, and instead embrace the edgy, artsy, booming Queer West Toronto, that has room for everyone: hot, indie music scenes, celebrity-chic shopping, all-night dance parties and an über-cool mixed crowd.

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There is always something to Ossington, if you do not mind the crowd. Sip your favorite drink while listening to the choice of the DJ in the first room. Or join the back room where special shows will give that can be comedy nights, improvisational theater, film projection, poetic readings, sales of works of art and other monthly events.

Different atmosphere, The Beaver, which features dances on a different theme each night of the week. In addition, every Monday held the Drag Industry Night, which chooses the Drag King or Queen. For more attractions drag-style, but in a Latin atmosphere, head north to Little Italy where El Convento Rico is renowned for its performances of sulphurous drag queens over the weekend.

Looking for something different? This can be a musical at the Lower Ossington Theatre, or a live rock concert at the Bovine Sex Club. And when hunger overcomes you, there is no shortage of great restaurants, bistros and cafes where making your choice, offering cuisines from all over the world.


The Queer West Toronto has been home to an underground queer scene since the 1970's. Long before Vazaleen was started by late artist Will Munro as queer monthly event in Kensignton Market; The Body Politic Collective a pioneering gay lib rag born in 1971, came to live not in a gay ghetto on Church St. but an artists' enclave on Queen Street West.www.rbebout.com/divas/dcarole.htm (In 1975, the Body Politic created its own owner, the Pink Triangle Press, forerunner of Xtra Gay and Lesbian Newspaper.) Dark raves, electro-sexual, queercore, goths, punks, hard rock, metal, and fetish nights are held Velvet Underground 510 Queen St. W., Neu+ral 349A College St., Bovine Sex Club 542 Queen St.W., Savage Garden is Toronto’s oldest goth nightclub, 550 Queen St. W. and the Dance Cave 529 Bloor St. W. El Convento Rico 750 College Street was created 21 years ago as a humble, very underground club catering to gays, lesbians and trans people. Once as popular as La Cage aux Folles but now only appeals to straight couples from the 905 area outside Toronto

(Public transit: subway to Osgoode station. The shopping strip is about 5 km (3 miles) long but the 501 Queen streetcar runs the whole length. A TTC day pass is handy for hopping on and off streetcars.)

Music or cinema? Poetry or prose? Minimalism and modernism? The art scene Queer West is so vibrant and diverse that you'll have trouble choosing. Bursting with creativity, the area hosts some of the most avant-garde of the city venues of exhibitions, shows and festivals.

The Queer West Village has the largest concentration of art galleries in Toronto, including Twist Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Come and see the works of emerging artists or confirmed in sumptuous light filled spaces. There's the likes of Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects (1086 Queen West), MOCCA Gallery (952 Queen West) and Gallery TPW (56 Ossington)

"I feel far more welcome and visible on the Queer West scene. I find that Queer West holds an attitude that’s quite the opposite to Church St’s — it encourages queers to come as they are, without fear of having to fit in with the crowd. Probably as a result the west-end scene is a lot more racially mixed and there’s more room to express yourself both as ethnic and lesbian." said Parul Pandya, a Toronto Writer raised within a Hindu tradition.

The West Queen West strip (sometimes called “Queen West Queer”) suddenly exploded with the arrival the ever-so-funky venue/hotel The Drake (1150 Queen W). The boutique concept rooms have been featured in magazines, on television and most recently on international flights.

The hip and happening migrate here nightly to be seen or to catch the hottest acts in the city. A cluster of other equally trendy venues soon opened in the vicinity, including The Beaconsfield (1154 Queen W),and the gay-owned Beaver Cafe (1192 Queen W) originally owned Megan Whiten, who sold it to the late Will Munro and his friend Lynn MacNeil (Lee's Palace manager) in 2006, they turned it into a nightclub and restaurant by day.

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Brockton Triangle Neighbourhood:

View from Dundas W at Lansdowne. Looking East towards downtown Toronto.

One of the fastest growing queer neighourhoods in Gay Toronto. In the photograph to the right stands St Helen's (Portuguese Roman Catholic Church) which sits as beacon on Dundas W, as one nears the bridge over the CN railway tracks further west. East down the street is a rightwing Pentecostal Church. It's doubtful either of the churches, know they are sharing the neighbourhood with the gay community and likely don't care. The gay community certainly spends big bucks at their annual yard sales.

Toronto gay community is constantly moving. Richard Florida at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has consistently shown that higher concentrations of gay people are linked with economic prosperity, innovation and creativity within a region.. A new renaissance has started in old Brockton Village a romantic peaceful neighbourhood, also know as Little Portugal (Along Dundas W between Lansdowne Ave and Gladstone Avenue) as it becomes a vibrant alternative community with recently developed mix of galleries, cafés, restaurants and boutiques to serve an increasingly visible queer clientele. A cadre of Yuppies are buying up the row houses from 1887, in the neighbourhood, while prices are still cheap. Old -school Portuguese families, Chinese or South Asian immigrants, or some of an ever-growing proportion of artists and young professionals looking for value or the ‘next’ hip ‘hood. Also see West Queen West’s comment about the slow emergence of a “Queer West Village.” (Demographics)

Getting around the village; (Public transit: westbound 505 Dundas streetcar from St. Patrick or Dundas station, 63 Ossington bus south from Ossington subway, or 29 Dufferin bus south from Dufferin subway)

Brockton was a genuine village before it was annexed by Toronto in 1884. At the intersection of Dundas West and Brock Avenue, the former Brockton Town Hall still stands (as a Scotiabank branch, naturally 1616 Dundas ast. W. ). Way off in the distance, the skyscrapers of downtown Toronto are visable. A 15 minute bicycle ride to Yonge and Dundas on a good day.

Queer West Arts & Culture Centre live / work offices are located in Brockton Village (Toronto Ward 18) at the crossroads of Dufferin & Dundas W. As well as the home to the gay and lesbian newspaper, OUTeXpressions.

The residents show their pride by hosting, celebration of arts, community and everything loca happens first weekend in June Dundas West Fest.. followed by the Toronto Queer Arts Festival every August

Three bars in the North end of Brockton, along Bloor Street W. (Between Lansdowne and Dovercourt) are attracting their share of queer clientele and entertainment. The Neon Bar, (647) 748-6366 · 1226 Bloor St W,, the gay owned Steady Cafe, 1051 Bloor St W, Toronto ON M6H 1M Phone: (416) 536-4162 http://thesteadycafe.com/ and The Baseline Music Bar, 865 Bloor Street W Toronto, (at Ossington) (416) 732-7513

Hogtown Cure Deli and Cafe, 1484 Dundas St W Brockton Village Call (647) 725-5550 northwest corner at Dufferin St. gay owned. With both the Dundas streetcar and Dufferin bus stopping outside its corner spot, they've already enjoyed swells of queer clientele. Owned by Steve Ireson (former GM at a slew of nightclubs including Circa) and his husband Chris (formerly of Evergreen Garden Market), the spot offers options for take-away, but the space itself (accented by warm wood, splashes of greenery, and rustic touches) is inviting, and a coveted spot by the window bar makes for perfect afternoon people-watching. Now licenced for beer and wine. Very gay friendly. http://thehogtowncure.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheHogtownCure Monday night weekly dance parties, in winter months with French folk music. There is also Salsicharia Pavao (Deli) 1435 Dundas St W is a fixture in Little Portugal and a longtime Toronto source for imported Portuguese groceries and freshly prepared meats. Review by BlogTO

The popularity of the neighbourhood has caught the eye of Real Estate Developers in 2012. 1544 Dundas Street West Development plans a mega structure at the corner of Dundas W. and Sheridan Ave, now a empty lot for past 3 yrs, next door to popular queer nightclub The Henhouse. The developer is proposing to build a mid-rise, 8 storey building housing 87 units (20,000 square feet) with retail space on the ground floor. The development will also include 2 levels of parking and require further remediation of the site. The height limit currently is 45 meters.

The nice thing about Brockton Village is the absence of drunken whooping, booming bass, honking taxis, and piles of puke one finds on the sidewalks in Parkdale There are a few small place to dance cheek to cheek; Bambi's The Garrison, Henhouse and Bar 1602, Restaurant life on Dundas West Members of the Brockton Triangle Neighbours(Group) on Facebooik seem happy with village life, with no complaints.

Many new art galleries are springing up weeds along Dundas W. There's Wil Kucey, LE Gallery, 1183 Dundas W east of Dufferin. Then there's loop Gallery, 1273 Dundas St. and Alison Smith Gallery, 1410 Dundas Street West. Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, 1450 Dundas east of Dufferin Street aand the art store Art Metropole at 1490 Dundas W.. Ms. Bradley, a former curator of contemporary art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, was drawn to the Dundas and Dufferin area three years ago for similar reasons. "I could see what was going on, down on Queen Street, where the rents were doubling and tripling, driving the galleries out. ... When I saw this space, I just thought it was in the right zone." said Bradley West end clothing stores continue to move north from Queen Street.

Two new restaurants opened up in March 2012 The Federal, 1438 Dundas St. W., 647-352-9150 Review and a few doors way is Midfield Wine Bar and Tavern, 1434 Dundas St. W., 647-375-7005 Review

The Magwood Vintage Shop with a careful selection of vintage apparel. Magwood’s racks are filled with sophisticated, ladylike separates — many from the ’40s and ’50 Magwood 1418 Dundas St. W., 416-818-3975,

The best gay friendly store in the village is Sun Milk Convenience Store 1547 Dundas Street West South east corner of Sheridan Avenue, 416-531-8580 Owner Sylvia Jung, has all of your weekly needs from bread and milk to sewing your ripped pants to a dry cleaning business. A popular item among her gay clients are Colt Sweet Cigarillos. Opened around 10 am to 11pm https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000263259652

Chef Nathan Isberg at the Atlantic Restaurant 1597 Dundas St. W. Phone Number: 416-219-3819. Nate left behind more jaded Queen Street West when he took over this Portuguese tavern. Now it’s affordable, earnest and rich in character – which pretty much sums up the hood.

TWO BATHHOUSES are in the Queer West Village (Better know as The Tubs) There's the Central Spa (Bathhouse) -The cleanest bathhouse in the city,populated by mostly older gay men and some curious closet cases from the portuguese neighbourhood, out for a quicky) 1610 Dundas St. West 2nd Floor at Brock Ave, two blocks west of Dufferin northside. 416. 588.6191. 15 rooms, 60 lockers (noon-3am, 7 days/wk), regular room: $15, locker: $10 .www.centralspa.ca If your into old world charm. Then take a Shvitz! at the Oak Leaf Steam Bath, founded n 1941. 216 Bathurst St at Queen W. T: 416-603-3434 Facilities: Two large ancient semi-dry saunas, one small renovated steam room, on 3 floors, 37 rooms. Hours:24 hours, except Tuesday, when it opens at 5 pm. Best times: Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon. Rooms: $12 for four hours or $20 for over night. Lockers $12 for 12 hours. Cruisiest Spots: Top floor. * Wheelchair Accessible: No. No Website.

Ecuador born artist José Ortega (Link correction (03/22/15) co-founded Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West, with Jose Nieves. Over the years, Lula has hosted Latin jazz and salsa performers, as well as rock, blues, chamber, Brazilian and African musicians, and alternative musicians like Metric and Feist. Dundas West in 2002, was a low-rent zone of bakeries, car garages, sheet metal and plumbing suppliers and a rash of Portuguese sports bars. "Then ago, the area had this ugly-duckling vibe," Ortega said. "But ... it felt more authentic, more real, a working-class neighbourhood where artists and bakers and construction workers and store owners come and do their work."

With the opening of the Alison Smith Gallery, 1410 Dundas Street West, was the latest sign of the once-homely neighbourhood's transformation. Grain, Curd & Bean, 1414 Dundas Street, a high-end cheese shop, specializes in three things: bread, cheese and coffee. More specialty store than cafe, this new spot does have some stools by the front window, but, generally, it's more of a take out spot than somewhere to meet-up, surf WiFi or otherwise pass the time.

The village is home to Dundas Street West hotspot OMG Baked Goodness 1561 Dundas St W. (647) 348-5664. The shop will first catch your eye with its striking pink and brown sign, Elk antlers in the window, and graffiti adorning its walls

1602 Dundas West at Brock Avenue. bar doesn’t have a name. It changes everyday promoting that evening’s event.. Weird, but that’s cool. Step inside, and its a sweet little spot. Everyone inside is cool, NO pretentiousness or anything. People are definitely down to have a good time, and there is ZERO pretension. Jeans, ball caps, high heels, and sneakers. Anything goesat 1602. The crowd varies in age, and all seems to be pretty nice. We have found that people wander along Dundas West looking for interesting people to meet, good music this is the place they hang out at most. Queer West Fest and Toronto Gay West Bicycle Club meets here.

The design shop of Lubo Brezina who hail's from Bratislava, Slovakia (1659 Dundas St W) creates furniture from recycled and reclaimed wood.And everywhere artists in Bockton Village, are inhabiting little bits of cheap space, as their studios and lofts in other parts of town, are turned into condos.

The Common 1071 College Street, two blocks west of Dufferin southside. 416.546.7789 Free Internet (WiFi) - A hidden gem. Unlike other cafes in Queer West, that discouage loitering over one latte, this place dosen't mind. It attracts a fairly artsy crowd of LGBT friends, where everyone seems to know everyone else, many of whom sip lattes while designing web sites on their Macbooks. Wonderful spot for cruising, if you come alone. Age group is roughly 20s to mid 40's, the odd local senior citzen, drops in now and again. Damn good London Fog and the Cappuccinos are top notch as well, plus they also use organic milk oh did I mention they have a tea, from Silk Road. Not Wheelchair Accessible though. Cash only.

Other places to explore

Eco friendly green space Bike ride along the Martin Goodman (Waterfront) Trail -Mississauga to Toronto Lakeshore or at the annual Toronto Pride Ride. as a guest with the 160 member Gay West Bicycle Club.

Queer West Toronto, Ontario boasts some of the most beautiful parkland and nature trails in the city. High Park is Toronto's largest greenspace and a beautiful park, with a pond (Grenadier Pond), a small zoo, and an outdoor stage which houses an annual summer Shakespeare production called "Dream in High Park." Celebrate our annual Cherry Blossom Festival with a visit to High Park and participate in the centuries old Japanese tradition of Sakura Hanami, roughly translated as “cherry blossom flower viewing”. The spectacular flowering of the Sakura (Japanese flowering cherry) trees is not to be missed – plan on spending at least an hour wandering under the blossoms and appreciating the beauty of High Park in the spring

(Public Transit: 506 College streetcars from downtown, Takes you right into the Park. You can come another way via 501 Queen streetcars have a stop at the south end of the park, by Grenadier Pond; from downtown make sure you board a westbound streetcar with a destination sign of "Long Branch" or "Humber" and get off at Colborne Lodge Drive.)

The best vintage clothing stores are in Queer West Toronto - brimming with unique finds, some dating back to the late 1800s. From high-end and designer to cheap-and-cheerful rock tees and poly frocks, the variety is almost endless. Parkdale, Ossington, Kensington Market, and Dundas West (Brockton Village) are the major epicenters. Visitors from all over the world come to shop for Vintage clothing .

There's lots of Festivals going on in the Queer West Toronto during the summer; Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival (August 1st weekend), Queer West Arts Festival (early August) Toronto African Dance Festival (mid august); Beer Festival (Fort York first weekend in August) and Canadian National Exhibition late August early September) .


Toronto’s Pearson International Airport has service on nearly every major airline. Toronto is also severed by VIA Rail. As well, it’s within easy driving distance of many eastern Canadian and US centres. Over View of The City of Toronto, Ontario


Famous Beaver Cafe West Queen West

Beaver Café, 1192 Queen Street West, 416 537-2768 – Serving healthy creations during the day and providing queer entertainment at night. Complete meals for around $10.00. Check local listings for evening events

Easy Restaurant, 1645 Queen Street West, 416 537-4893 – A diner of sorts serving huge mouth watering portions. Their specialty is breakfast and located steps from the lakefront so you can walk it all off afterward. Complete meals for around $15.00. Licensed but not open in the evenings.

Mitzi’s Café and Sister – the cozy Café in picture (100 Sorauren Avenue - 416 588-1234http://www.mitziscafe.com/) is a haven for weekend brunch. Complete meals for around $15.00. The bigger Sister (1554 Queen Street West - 416 532-2570 http://www.thesister.ca/) offers an assortment of meals and is a hotbed for local evening entertainment. Serves upscale pub-grub with complete meals including beverage for around $20.00. There’s never a cover charge and both gay owned.

There are now over 70, safe friendly Bars, Cafes and Restaurants, where owners, welcome all orientations. There have been no reports of gay bashings since 1978, in the QWT. For travel visitors, there are now over 200 events in theatres,cinemas, galleries, bars, cafes, Restaurants and the community every day of the week, in Queer West Toronto, Ontario.


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It's official! At 6:09 pm on Wednesday, July 20, 2005, the Equal Marriage Bill was proclaimed into law in Canada, making it legal for same-sex couples to exchange vows from coast to coast. Two years previously, the Province of Ontario, announced the legalization of same-sex marriage on July 12, 2002, and as a result hundreds of couples from around the world have come to Ontario and other regions of our province to legally exchange vows.

Marriage requirement for the Province of Ontario: Marriage licenses, valid anywhere in Ontario for three months from the date of issue, cost about $83 and are available from any municipal office in Ontario. Both parties must sign an application form and submit it in person, along with a passport or birth certificate and one other photo I.D. There are no residency or citizenship requirements, and a blood test is not required.

Same sex marriage information and requirements for Province of Ontario and City of Toronto, official government websites.


Old Mill Inn & Spa

Day’s Inn Toronto West Lakeshore, 14 Roncesvalles Ave, 416 532 9900, Rates from $74.00 to $169.00 depending on season. A five-minute walk to Sunnyside Beach at Lake Ontario, and includes breakfast. daysinn.ca

Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St W, 416 531 5042, 19 rooms. Chosen by Travel and Leisure Magazine is one of the world's top 500 hotels in 2006. Rates from $179.00 to $289.00 for individually artist designed rooms. Choose based on your mood swings at check-in time. thedrakehotel.ca

The Old Mill Inn & Spa, 21 Old Mill Road, 416 236 2641. In 1793 the Kings Mill - the forerunner to Today's Old Mill - was built in order to process lumber for the first homes in Toronto. Rates from $219.00 to $659.00 depending on season. A classic addition to the historic Old Mill Restaurant, Meeting and Conference facility. On the banks of the Humber River. Right on the Bloor Subway line. This exclusive Boutique Inn incorporates, 59 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, together with a pampering Spa. oldmilltoronto.com

Beaconsfield Bed and Breakfast - 38 Beaconsfield Avenue (at Queen Street West),  (416) 535-3338. Gay friendly. Hosts: Bernie and Katya McLoughlin. Trinity Bellwoods, Art & Design District. Queer West Village Toronto, Ontario.

Toronto Townhouse - 384 Clinton Street. Toll Free in North America (except Toronto) 1.877.500.0466  Local & outside north America 416.323.8898    Gay friendly. Proud winners of a Toronto Tourism Award in 1999 and 2000. Your Hosts: Frank & Tan. Email us at host@earlplacebnb-toronto.com This is one of two Townhouses we own, and located in The Annex neighbourhood.Queer West Toronto, Ontario.

Travelodge Toronto Downtown West - 621 King Street West (at Bathurst Street)    Toll free: 1-800-578-7878. This hotel is a true gem! The staff is personable and friendly, the rooms are comfortable. And a free breakfast to boot. Fashion District, Queer West Village Toronto, Ontario.

At the end of the summer, the Queen West Art Crawl met again the artistic community area for three days of exhibition and events that highlight local artists. And the arrival of autumn heralds the return of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche festival, which sees Queen West turn into outdoor haven of contemporary art.

With a lively artistic life uninhibited nightlife and an open atmosphere at all, it is not surprising that the Queer West Village has become the privileged place of the LGBTQ community in Toronto.


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