Gay Guide To Montreal, Canada
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Montreal is the largest city in the province of Quebec and the second largest city in Canada, with a population of over 1.6 million people. French is the official language of the country and, after Paris; Montreal is the second largest city where French is spoken as a main language. Montreal is a city with a rich, diverse history and it remains very much at the heart of Canadian commerce, finance, technology, design, film and culture. Indeed, you will find that you will have plenty of chances to sample culture in Montreal, whether you visit any of the museums, theatres and art galleries or just wander through the city and look at some of the spectacular architecture.
You will also find that Montreal has plenty on offer for the gay tourist, especially if you head for Le Village that is located on Saint Catherine Street East and covers a distance of two kilometres. Amidst the rainbow flags, you will find that there are gay-friendly establishments galore, from bars and clubs to cafés, restaurants and shops. There are also events held throughout the year that are aimed at the gay community including the Black and Blue Festival, which is the largest gay-benefit dance festival in the world and helps raise money for HIV/AIDS charities. Montreal Pride or Fierté Montréal, as it is referred to in French, is the largest LGBT event held in the city and takes place over seven days featuring a diverse programme of live concerts, art exhibitions, variety shows, theatre and a parade.
There are also plenty of other cultural highlights to enjoy in Montreal, including festivals such as the Just For Laughs Festival, Shakespeare-in-the-Park, the Festival Mondiale de la bière, Montréal en lumière, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the POP Montreal International Music Festival, the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival, the World Film Festival and Les Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal. There are also many historical buildings located in Old Montreal and museums such as the Pointe-à-Callière. Plus, if you’re an active person, you will find that there are numerous outdoor pursuits to enjoy from cross-country skiing and ice skating to water sports and cycling. There is never a dull moment in Montreal!
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