Quebec, Canada’s French speaking province is world-renowned for its delightful Joie-de-Vivre, old world charm, and some of the hottest LGBTQ+ celebrations on the planet.
A visit to Quebec City, the charming capital city, is often compared to a visit to Europe, without leaving North America. Centuries of history and romance can be felt throughout the cobblestone streets of Vieux-Québec (old Quebec), which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
LGBTQ+ nightlife in Quebec City is focused in the Saint-Jean-Baptiste neighbourhood, anchored by the largest and most famous Le Drague Cabaret Club, and nearby Bar St. Matthews is popular with the levi/leather/bear scene. Rainbow flags are also visible at many other bars, pubs and businesses in the area, welcoming LGBTQ+ visitors on a regular basis. The Quebec City Pride Festival (Fête Arc-en-ciel de Québec) is a colourful four day event that takes place over the Labour Day weekend each year, complete with drag queens, community march and parties galore!
Montreal is the largest city in the province, and the second largest French-speaking city in the world. Montreal’s Gay Village, Le Village, is one of the largest in North America, is centred along St. Catherine Street East, and is packed with bars, pubs, clubs, saunas, restaurants, shops, guesthouses, and more.
World-renowned as one of the sexiest gay party destinations in the world, Montreal is the sophisticated host to a long list of world-class events, including the annual Black & Blue Festival, put on by the Bad Boy Club Montreal (BBCM), attracting thousands of people from around the world. In 2023, BBCM is celebrating over three decades of producing this spectacular event which also coincides with the Carnaval des Couleurs Montreal conference, with the main events taking place on the Canadian Thanksgiving and US Columbus Day weekend in October, 2023. Partial proceeds from these annual events will continue to benefit the BBCM Foundation, which provides direct assistance to people living with HIV / AIDS, as well as gay and lesbian organizations in Montreal.
FFierté Montréal Pride is the largest LGBTQ+ francophone celebration of Pride in the world. With over 200 activities anchored by their world-renowned gay village, Le Village, the festivities run from August 3 – 13, 2023. Check out the following resources for more.
Black & Blue Festival