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 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 

Ottawa, the elegant and appealing capital city of Canada, is the country's fourth biggest city. The buildings on Parliament Hill have a remarkable Gothic Revival style that is complemented by the modern style of the National Arts Centre, National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights Monument, the beautiful Rideau Canal and other national attractions of interest.

Ottawa is also the home of the national government, where the first national law that legalized same-sex marriage was announced on July 20, 2005, and where any legal debates and new laws are made.

Ottawa's thriving LGBTQ+ Village was officially acknowledged in 2011 and is located in the downtown core in a six block area around Bank Street. The Village is where you can find queer-owned and operated businesses, bars and nightclubs, restaurants, rainbow coloured crosswalks, and an entertainment hub with live shows. The Village also hosts a community fair and a beer garden during the annual Pride celebrations.

The capital region has festivals all year long, including the Fierté Capital Pride Festival, which is one of Ottawa's most colourful festivals, held in August every year. Their Board of Directors and Festival Operations Committee organize 8 days of events including public art installations, a festival weekend with multiple stages, the Capital Pride Parade, and the official Pride Guide. Check their website for 2024 details.


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