Vancouver FunMap including Victoria and Whistler ancouver is Canada’s magnificent and multi-cultural jewel of the Pacific Northwest. Built on hilltops which are surrounded by sparkling waters and majestic snowcapped mountains, Vancouver enjoys being recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Let your Vancouver excursion begin with a visit to Stanley Park, 1000-acres of unspoiled forest, manicured lawns, pristine beaches and panoramic views. Stanley Park is located just adjacent to the West End, and it is here you’ll find the heart of gay Vancouver. Check out Davie Street and its adjacent blocks when you’re ready for some queer coffee, a good meal, a new outfit or trinket, or a good time at one of many bars and dance clubs. Vancouver is a premier dining city, thanks to a strong ethnic presence and some of the best seafood available – expect to walk away from the table full and very satisfied. Vancouver’s accommodations offer everything from charming European guesthouses to hotel chains to quaint bed and breakfasts, so expect to be fully pampered or left alone depending on your wishes. And, when you’re ready to explore more of Vancouver, take a stroll through Gastown and its restored Victorians and cobbled streets; Chinatown with its formal Classical Chinese Garden; or hit Wreck Beach – Vancouver’s only nude and very popular gay beach. With its natural beauty, international flair, and moderate climate and attitudes, it’s no wonder Vancouver’s popularity remains consistently high with gays and lesbians. Explore Vancouver and all it has to offer... you won’t be disappointed.
2011-2012 EDITION Welcome
Map of British Columbia Vancouver Accommodations Dining in Vancouver
Resources, Shopping & Services
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Vancouver’s Events & Attractions
Vancouver Overview Map
West End / Davie Village Map
Nightlife in Vancouver
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Welcome... from the Councillor
On behalf of the City of Vancouver, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to our queerfriendly city. Vancouver and British Columbia have long been one of the most progressive jurisdictions anywhere in establishing equal rights for all of our citizens, including same sex marriage, which was legalized here in July 2003. In addition to being the host city to the 1990 Gay Games, the 1996 International AIDS Conference, the 2004 International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association’s annual convention, the 2008 InterPride Conference, and the 9th International Conference of Gay & Lesbian Tourism, Vancouver offers a wide variety of gay and gay friendly events year round. As Vancouver celebrates our 125th Anniversary this year, the city also looks forward to welcoming athletes from across the continent, as host city to the 2011 North American Outgames. I am delighted you have chosen to visit queer-friendly Vancouver. We invite you to explore our neighbourhoods to experience the many queer specific and world-class amenities we have to offer. We look forward to the prospect of welcoming you back many times in the future. Sincerely,
Info Finder ACCOMMODATIONS 8 Smuggler’s Inn B&B Blaine, WA USA SHOPPING & SERVICES 34 Great Northern Books, Inc. Bellingham, WA USA
Tim Stevenson Councillor, City of Vancouver
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A Letter... from Travel Gay Canada Welcome to beautiful British Columbia, Canada’s West Coast playground. Vancouver is home to Western Canada’s largest gay population. This picturesque, ocean-wrapped and snowcapped city has a vibrant gay community that is centered around two distinctly different neighbourhoods – the West End and Commercial Drive, both of which enjoy a wide variety of restaurants, coffee shops, nightclubs and boutiques catering to gays and lesbians. Discover the duality of Vancouver: Urban sophistication and natural splendour. Whistler, just 90 minutes north of Vancouver, hosts one of the world’s most popular gay ski weeks. Victoria, BC’s capital city is on the south tip of Vancouver Island. It boasts many historic buildings and some of the most fascinating museums. The Okanagan, in BC’s interior, is famous for its orchards and vineyards and its wide offerings for outdoor enthusiasts. BC celebrates its diversity, and plays host to numerous gay and lesbian film festivals, sporting events, live theatre, and pride celebrations across the province. BC, like the rest of Canada, is built on acceptance and embraces, encourages, and supports diversity. So whether you come here to relax, get married, or party, we are confident you will enjoy the many offerings of BC. The businesses listed in this map endeavour to ensure you get the most out of your vacation, and we encourage you to support them. Travel Gay Canada (TGC) works with communities and the tourism industry across the country to provide the products and services that you are looking for when travelling. Visit us at www.travelgaycanada.com to find out more about what Canada has to offer. British Columbia is OUT to welcome you. Come soon and visit often.
Darrell Schuurman President, Travel Gay Canada
ACCOMMODATIONS FEATURED ACCOMMODATIONS 1 Days Inn
1 800 DAYS-INN (329-7466)
Three locations throughout Vancouver www.daysinn.ca From warm, friendly staff to clean, comfortable rooms, Days Inn provides travellers with "the best value under the sun." Each hotel offers a collection of first-rate services and accommodations including free high-speed Internet access and spacious SolTerre® showers. Our downtown location is walking distance to the village, Robson Street, Gastown and Stanley Park, and features an on-site restaurant and pub. Visit any of our three locations across Vancouver and you'll find exceptional service and value.
2 English Bay Inn Bed & Breakfast
1968 Comox Street www.englishbayinn.com The English Bay Inn is an elegant and romantic B&B accommodation located in Vancouver’s West End, steps from Stanley Park and English Bay Beaches. Pamper yourself in our adult-oriented, smoke-free home. Six cozy bedrooms, all with private bathrooms, are furnished with antiques, luxurious QS beds, bathrobes and duvets dressed in crisp Ralph Lauren linens. Enjoy our sumptuous gourmet breakfasts, a glass of port by the fire, or a whirlpool bath in our luxury suite.
3 Granville Island Hotel
1253 Johnston Street www.granvilleislandhotel.com The Granville Island Hotel, a boutique hotel, offers a one-of-a kind experience. Located just minutes from the village, the Granville Island hotel is the perfect get-a-way spot for couples looking for a quiet alternative to staying downtown. With welcoming staff to greet, a restaurant and lounge to entice, and a luxurious room to make you feel at home, the Granville Island Hotel is Vancouver’s best kept secret.
4 Ramada Inn & Suites Downtown Vancouver 866-685-1113 1221 Granville Street www.ramadavancouver.com The newly renovated Ramada Downtown Vancouver Hotel on Granville Street offers a great mix of comfort, style, and affordability while visiting Vancouver. Conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver’s vibrant entertainment district, we are only steps from the city’s top restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping venues. Also, the Davie Village district and Yaletown are only a short 5 minute walk from our front door.
5 Sandman Suites on Davie - Vancouver
1160 Davie Street www.sandmanhotels.com The Sandman Suites Vancouver is tucked away close to the beach and the world-famous Stanley Park, yet minutes from the heart of Vancouver’s shopping and business district. The beautiful property has 198 fully furnished suites, many with outdoor balconies and fantastic city and ocean views. Dine at Moxie’s Classic Grill, enjoy the on-site fitness facilities or the new pHresh Spa + Wellness Club or relax by the seasonal outdoor pool.
6 Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver
1128 West Georgia Street www.shangri-la.com Shangri-La's legendary hospitality has arrived in North America with the opening of Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver. This 119-room luxury hotel, located in vibrant downtown Vancouver, BC, occupies the first 15 floors of a 61-story landmark building, the tallest in the city. Guests at Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver will find luxurious guestrooms and suites decorated in a contemporary Asian style, with many rooms featuring private balconies and stunning views of the city.
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7 Sunset Inn & Suites
1111 Burnaby Street www.sunsetinn.com
Relax and enjoy the luxurious setting of the Sunset Inn & Suites, located on a quiet street in downtown Vancouver’s scenic West End. Our spacious suites are some of the largest hotel rooms in town, and are just like having your own deluxe apartment in the city – with full kitchen, separate bedrooms and living rooms. All suites have been newly renovated.
OUT-OF-TOWN FEATURED ACCOMMODATIONS 8 Smuggler’s Inn Bed & Breakfast
2480 Canada View Drive, Blaine, WA - USA www.smugglersinnblaine.com Smuggler’s Inn, a romantic, cozy & friendly Victorian Bed & Breakfast, sits directly on the international border between British Columbia, Canada and Blaine, Washington. Our country-setting inn is great for: Weddings & Receptions, Corporate Retreats, Parties, Family Reunions or a Romantic GetAway. Gay weddings in Canada, reception in U.S., pets welcome.
TAG APPROVED ACCOMMODATIONS Best Western Downtown
718 Drake Street
Best Western Sands by the Sea 1755 Davie Street
Blue Horizon Hotel
1225 Robson Street
Coast Coal Harbour Hotel
1180 West Hastings Street
Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites
1763 Comox Street
Delta Vancouver Suites
550 West Hastings Street
Empire Landmark Hotel
1400 Robson Street
Executive Hotel Vintage Park
1379 Howe Street
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 West Georgia Street
Fairmont Pacific Rim
1038 Canada Place
900 Canada Place
Granville Island Hotel
1253 Johnston Street
Hilton Vancouver Washington
301 West 12th Street
Holiday Inn Express Vancouver
2889 East Hastings Street
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
655 Burrard Street
Kingfisher Oceanside Resort 4330 Island Hwy S., Vancouver Island 800-663-7929 Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver
645 Howe Street
Opus Hotel Vancouver
322 Davie Street
Pan Pacific Vancouver
300-999 Canada Place
Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier
138 Victory Ship Way
Quality Hotel Vancouver - The Inn at False Creek 1335 Howe Street 800-663-8474 Ramada Inn & Suites Downtown Vancouver 1221 Granville Street
Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside 1133 West Hastings St. 800-905-8582 Rosellen Suites at Stanley Park 2030 Barclay Street
Sandman Suites on Davie
1160 Davie Street
Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver
1128 West Georgia Street
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel
1088 Burrard Street
Sunset Inn & Suites
1111 Burnaby Street
The Listel Hotel
1300 Robson Street
Sutton Place Hotel, The
845 Burrard Street
Westin Bayshore, Vancouver
1601 Bayshore Drive
Westin Grand Vancouver
433 Robson Street
Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown 1128 West Hastings Street 800-207-4150 Victorian Hotel
514 Homer Street
DINING DINING Restaurants / Cafes
All India Restaurant Ltd. 1188 Davie Street 604-602-1558 Asahi-Ya 1230 Robson Street 604-688-8777 Beaver & Mullet Canadian Bistro 1184 Denman Street 604-568-0881 Cafe Deux Soleils 2096 Commercial Drive 604-254-1195 Café du Soleil 1393 Commerical Drive 604-254-1145 Cafe Luxy 1235 Davie Street 604-669-5899 32 Cobs Bread (Bakery) 140-1160 Davie Street 604-681-0689 Continental Coffee 1806 Commercial Drive 604-255-0712 Denny’s 1098 Davie Street 604-689-0509 Dish, The 1068 Davie Street 604-689-0208 Fountainhead Pub 1025 Davie Street 604-687-2222 Hamburger Mary’s 1202 Davie Street 604-687-1293 Havana Restaurant 1212 Commercial Drive 604-253-9119 Heritage Grill 447 Columbia Street 604-759-0819 Joe Fortes Restaurant 777 Thurlow Street 604-669-1940 Joe’s Grill 1031 Davie Street 604-682-3683 La Bretagne Crêperie 795 Jervis Street 604-688-5989 La Rocca, Ristorante Italiano 1565 Commercial Drive 604-253-1818 Lift Bar & Grill 333 Menchions Mews 604-689-5438 Marcello Pizzeria & Ristorante 1404 Commercial Drive 604-215-7760 6 Market Restaurant by Jean-Georges at Shangri-La Hotel 1115 Alberni Street 604-695 1115 Mediterranean Grill 1152 Denman Street 604-689-1112 Memphis Blues BBQ House 1342 Commercial Drive 604-215-2599 Milestone’s Restaurant 1210 Denman Street 604-662-3431 Naam 2724 West 4th Avenue 604-738-7151 O’Doul’s Restaurant & Bar 1300 Robson Street 604-661-1400 Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts 1505 West Second Avenue 604-734-4488 Provence Marinaside 1177 Marinaside Crescent 604-681-4144 Red Burrito, The 606 Robson Street 604-676-0097 Samba Brazilian Steak House 1122 Alberni Street 604-696-9888 Samurai Japanese Restaurant 1108 Davie Street 604-609-0078 Score on Davie 1262 Davie Street 604-632-1646 Stepho’s Souvlaki Greek Taverna 1124 Davie Street 604-683-2555 Sweet Revenge Pâtisserie 4160 Main Street @ 26th Avenue 604-879-7933 Takis’ Taverna 1106 Davie Street 604-682-1336 Teahouse in Stanley Park, The 1583 Ferguson Point, Stanley Park 604-669-3281 Templeton, The 1087 Granville Street 604-685-4612 11 The Fish House in Stanley Park 8901 Stanley Park Drive 604-681-7275 Theresa’s 1260 Commercial Drive 604-676-1868 Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant 555 W Hastings Street 604-669-2220 Wild Garlic Bistro 792 Denman Street 604-687-1663 Zawa Restaurant 920 Commercial Drive 604-255-0470
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RESOURCES Canadian Tourism Comm. 1055 Dunsmuir Street City of Vancouver 453 West 12th Avenue 28 Health Initiative for Men (HIM) 310-1033 Davie Street, www.checkhimout.ca Gay & Lesbian Business Association of Greater Vancouver 211-1311 Howe Street LEGIT-Vancouver 1170 Bute Street 29 QMUNITY 1170 Bute Street Tourism Vancouver 200 Burrard Street Travel Gay Canada www.travelgaycanada.com 29 Vancouver Gay & Lesbian Centre 1170 Bute Street Vancouver Pride Society 603-1033 Davie Street
604-488-1001 604-739-4522 604-877-7768 604-684-5307 604-683-2000 866-300-7556 604-684-5307 604-687-0955
SHOPPING & SERVICES Adult Entertainment / Products Bonanza Book & Video Fantasy Factory Fantasy Factory 31 Priape
1127 Granville Street 1097 Granville Street 1155 Davie Street 1148 Davie Street
604-684-3775 604-683-6414 604-683-2468 604-630-2330
for more information on area attractions see page 18
Canadian Craft & Design Museum 639 Hornby Street Douglas Reynolds Gallery 2335 Granville Street Museum of Vancouver 1100 Chestnut Street Roedde House Museum 1415 Barclay Street Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Center 845 Avison Way Vancouver Art Gallery 750 Hornby Street Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre 555 W Hastings Street Vancouver Maritime Museum 1905 Ogden Avenue
604-687-8266 604-731-9292 604-736-4431 604-684-7040 604-659-3474 604-662-4719 604-689-0421 604-257-8300
Attractions (Out-of-Town) Canadian Museum for Human Rights humanrightsmuseum.ca 877-877-6037
Bakeries & Confections 32 Cobs Bread Cupcakes Gelateria Dolce Amore La Casa Gelato
140-1160 Davie Street 1116 Denman Street 1588 Commercial Drive 1033 Venables Street
604-681-0689 604-974-1300 604-258-0006 604-251-3211
Bicycle Sales / Rentals Bikes N’ Blades Rentals Bikes on the Drive Spokes Bicycle Rentals
718 Denman Street 1350 Commercial Drive 1798 W Georgia Street
604-602-9899 604-215-7433 604-688-5141
Bookstores 33 Little Sister's Book & Art Emporium 1238 Davie Street People's Co-op Book Store 1391 Commerical Drive
Bookstores (out-of-town) 34 Great Northern Books, Inc. 1308 Railroad Avenue, Bellingham, WA USA
Car Service / Limousines 35 Pink Limousine
805-1850 Comox Street
1044 Robson Street 538 Davie Street 1148 Davie Street 1100 Davie Street
604-684-5656 604-558-1288 604-630-2330 604-682-7116
Clothing (Men's) BOYS’CO Club Annex 31 Priape State of Mind
Coffee Shops Darryl’s Coffee & Native Art Shop 945 Davie Street Delaney's Coffee 1105 Denman Street Elbow Room Cafe, The 560 Davie Street Kokopelli Café 4593 Dunbar Street Melriches Coffee House 1244 Davie Street
604-689-5354 604-662-3344 604-685-3628 604-228-0818 604-689-5282
Entertainment (Comedy) Ryan Steele Show
Events for a full list of area events see page 19
North America Outgames vancouver2011outgames.com Vancouver Queer Film Festival www.queerfilmfestival.ca
Events (out-of-town) Equality Forum
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SHOPPING & SERVICES
Ten Thousand Villages
929 Denman Street
Hair Salons / Barbershops Envy Fujon Hair Salon Great Clips Kenzo Hair Salon
730 Denman Street 855 Denman Street 1649 Dave Street 1236 Burrard Street
604-602-9880 604-681-6088 604-602-0577 604-681-3885
Health Clubs / Gyms / Exercise & Fitness Denman Fitness 1731 Comox Street Fitness World Downtown 1214 Howe Street Fitness World Downtown Express 1185 West Georgia Street
604-688-2484 604-681-3232 604-662-7774
Jewelry / Jewelers Gurvins Jewellers Silver Gallery
2936 West Broadway 1226 Robinson Street
1103 Robson Street 1168 Davie Street
Juice Bars Jugo Juice Jugo Juice
Pharmacies / Health & Beauty London Drugs London Drugs London Drugs
1650 Davie Street 710 Granville Street 1187 Robson Street
604-448-4850 604-448-4802 604-448-4819
339 Pender Street West 1048 Davie Street 1210 Granville Street 123 W Pender
604-681-5719 604-689-9719 604-684-6011 604-974-0602
Photography Daryl Dyck Photography
Sauna (Men's) Club Vancouver, The 36 F212° Steam M2M Steamworks Vancouver
BOYS’CO 1044 Robson Street Club Annex 538 Davie Street Darryl’s Coffee & Native Art Shop 945 Davie Street Guess by Marciano 1168-70 Robson Street Love’s Touch 1069 Davie Street The Bay Downtown 674 Granville Street Topdrawers 1030 Denman Street, # 115 Womyns' Wear, Inc. 896 Commercial Drive
604-684-5656 604-558-1288 604-689-5354 604-681-7006 604-681-7024 604-681-6211 604-684-4861 604-254-2543
Spa / Sauna / Massage 6 Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La 1128 West Georgia Street Fairview Massage Therapy Center 304 1037 West Broadway Skin 2 1508 West Broadway, Suite 210
604-695-2447 604-732-5221 604-738-3885
Tattoos / Piercings Next! Body Piercing 1068 Granville Street Port Side Tattoo Collective 1685 Davie Street Sacred Heart Tattoo 725 Nelson Street
604-684-6398 604-669-4055 604-647-0826
BC Ferries False Creek Ferries Flight Centre Flight Centre Harbour Air Seaplanes Helijet Pacific Coach Lines
1010 Canada Place 1804 Boatlift Lane 1232 Davie Street 903 Denman Street 4760 Inglis Drive www.helijet.com 577 Great Nothern Way
888-223-3779 604-684-7781 604-681-9992 604-664-0365 604-274-1277 800-665-4354 604-662-7575
Travel Services / Tours / Sightseeing Andrew Robinson Travel Capilano Suspension Bridge Cruisey T Productions Harbour Cruises Landsea Tours Sky Dive Vancouver Tripzter Travel Vancouver Whale Watch
1901 Barclay St., Suite 302 3735 Capilano Road 1500 Haro Street #703 1 North Foot of Denman Street 875 Terminal Avenue 1792 Alberni Street 330-1281 West Georgia Street www.vancouverwhalewatch.com
604-683-8035 604-985-7474 604-551-2628 604-688-7246 604-255-7272 604-327-5867 604-697-8747 604-274-9565
Wine, Beer & Spirits Marquis Wine Cellars Molson Coors Canada
1034 Davie Street www.molsoncoorscanada.com
Attractions Capilano Suspension Bridge
Nitobe Memorial Gardens
3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver 604-985-7474 www.capbridge.com Open daily except Christmas day. Summer: 8:00a.m. - dusk; Winter: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver 604-662-3207, www.vancouverchinesegarden.com In the heart of downtown, the Classical Chinese Garden is a cultural experience. It is acclaimed for providing peace, tranquility & a harmonious delight for the nature lover, cultural tourist, and sight-seeing visitor. Enjoy a cup of complimentary tea and a guided tour.
Granville Island www.granvilleisland.com It's a remarkable thing, this island in the middle of a city of two million with a Public Market, an art school, shops, restaurants, theatres, galleries, a hotel, and a great deal more! Just think of Granville Island as Vancouver’s Town Square.
Grouse Mountain 6400 Nancy Greene Way, N Vancouver 604-984-0661 www.grousemountain.com Panoramic views of the Lower Mainland unfold as the Skyride whisks you to the mountaintop. Adventures include our Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, lumberjack shows, scenic hiking trails, falconry demonstrations, helicopter tours, award winning dining in the Peak Chalet and much more. Just 15 minutes from Downtown Vancouver.
La Casa Gelato 1033 Venables Street, Vancouver 604-251-3211 www.lacasagelato.com La Casa Gelato produces the finest gelato, sorbetto & yogurt found anywhere around the world! In business for over 20 years, with 508+ flavours. Inside this ice cream wonderland, you will witness the only shop in the world to carry 218 flavours on location at a time. It is here where you can find your favorite & not-so-favorite flavours.
6804 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC 604-822-9666 www.nitobe.org A traditional Japanese Tea and Stroll garden located at the University of British Columbia. Nitobe Garden is considered to be the one of the most authentic Japanese gardens in North America and among the top 5 Japanese gardens outside of Japan.
Vancouver Aquarium Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC V6B 3X8 604-659-3474 www.vanaqua.org Located in Stanley Park, the aquarium has more than 70,000 fascinating creatures to explore. Be sure to catch daily beluga whale, dolphin and sea otter shows. For an unforgettable extra, try one of the Aquarium's handson Animal Encounters or Trainer Tours.
Vancouver Art Gallery 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver 604-662-4700 www.vanartgallery.bc.ca Vancouver is one of the most vibrant, progressive cities in the world and the Vancouver Art Gallery reflects this wealth of creativity and dynamic energy.
Polar Bear Swim January 1st, 2012 604-665-3418 vancouver.ca/parks/events/polarbear
Dine Out Vancouver Official 2012 dates TBA (previously on Jan 24th - Feb 6th, 2011) 604-683-2000, tourismvancouver.com
MAR Vancouver Int’l Dance Festival Official 2012 dates TBA (previously on March 1st - 19th, 2011) 604-662-4966, www.vidf.ca
Canada Day Celebration July 1st, 2012 www.granvilleisland.com
Vancouver Folk Music Festival Official 2012 dates TBA (previously on July 15th - 17th, 2011) 604-602-9798, www.thefestival.bc.ca
Vancouver Pride Week Celebration Official 2012 dates TBA (previously on July 23rd - 31st, 2011) 604-687-0955 www.vancouverpride.ca
Spring Break Theatre Festival
Official 2012 dates TBA (previously on Mar 22nd - 27th, 2011) 604-666-5784, granvilleisland.com
August 5th - 14th, 2011 604-688-1152, musicfestvancouver.ca
August 11th - 21st, 2011 604-844-1615, queerfilmfestival.ca
Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair
Vancouver Queer Film Festival
May 18th - 21st, 2012 604-576-9461, cloverdalerodeo.com
September 8th - 18th, 2011 604-257-0350, vancouverfringe.com
Francophone Summer Festival Official 2012 dates TBA (previously on June 16th - 24th, 2011) 604-736-9806, lecentreculturel.com
Shakespeare Festival June 2nd - September 24th, 2011 604-739-0559, bardonthebeach.org
Vancouver Int’l Jazz Festival Official 2012 dates TBA (previously on Jun 24th - Jul 3rd, 2011) 604-872-5200, www.coastaljazz.ca
Vancouver Fringe Festival Vancouver Int’l Comedy Festival September 28th - October 2nd, 2011 604-683-0883, www.comedyfest.com
Vancouver Int’l Film Festival September 29th - October 14th, 2011 604-683-3456, www.viff.org
DEC Festival of Lights Dec 10th, 2011 - Jan 2nd, 2012 604-257-8665, vandusengarden.org
Vancouver Whale Watch 12240 Second Avenue, Richmond, BC 604-274-9565 www.vancouverwhalewatch.com Join our professional Naturalists for a 3 to 5 hour Whale Watching tour, starting in the picturesque West Coast fishing village of historic Steveston and traveling through the spectacular Gulf and San Juan Islands.
Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR)
OUT OF TOWN
OPENING SPRING 2012 500-269 Main Street, Winnipeg, CA 204-289-2000 humanrightsmuseum.ca The CMHR is envisioned to be a national and international destination, a centre of learning where Canadians and people from around the world can engage in discussion and commit to taking action against hate and oppression.
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Days Inn English Bay Inn Bed & Breakfast Granville Island Hotel Ramada Inn & Suites Downtown Vancouver 5 Sandman Suites on Davie 6 Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver 7 Sunset Inn & Suites
DINING 11 The Fish House in Stanley Park
SHOPPING & SERVICES 35 Pink Limousine
SPA / WELLNESS
West End / Davie Village 1
Info Finder ACCOMMODATIONS 1 Days Inn 4 Ramada Inn & Suites Downtown Vancouver 5 Sandman Suites on Davie 6 Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver 7 Sunset Inn & Suites
NIGHTLIFE 21 Celebrities 22 Oasis Ultra Lounge
RESOURCES 28 Health Initiative for Men (HIM) 29 QMUNITY 29 Vancouver Gay & Lesbian Centre
SHOPPING & SERVICES
32 Cobs Bread (Bakery) 6 Market by Jean-Georges at Shangri-La Hotel
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Priape Cobs Bread Little Sister's Book & Art Emporium F212° Steam Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La
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FEATURED NIGHTLIFE 21 Celebrities
1022 Davie Street / West End-Davie Village www.celebritiesnightclub.com Hours: Tues - Saturday : 9pm-3am, Sun & Mon : Closed Celebrities Night Club is a landmark for Vancouver's nightlife, it has been a dance club as far back as 1910, has lived as Celebrities since 1980 and currently is the largest Gay & Lesbian Night Club in Vancouver. Celebrities brings in not only the biggest talents Vancouver has to offer, but also internationally celebrated DJs & performers from all around the world. TAGS: large club, International DJs, VIP sections, lighting and visual tech...
22 Oasis Ultra Lounge
1240 Thurlow Street / West End-Davie Village www.oasisondavie.com Hours: Mon-Sun 2pm-2am After undergoing a major facelift and continuous improvements since October 2010, Oasis is finally living up to its destiny as the hottest gay spot in the city. It was only a matter of time, as it occupies THE prime location overlooking the heart of the Davie Village and Vancouverâ€™s gay community. Home of the hottest weekly event in the village TAGS: club, weekly parties, food, drink specials...
NIGHTLIFE Bars / Clubs / Lounges / Piano Bars / Cabarets 1181 Biltmore Cabaret 21 Celebrities Club 23 West Club 816 (Afterhours) Fabric Nightclub Five Sixty Fountainhead Pub Heritage Grill J Lounge Junction Public House, The Lick @ Lotus Hotel Numbers 22 Oasis Ultra Lounge Score on Davie Shine Nightclub Steamworks Vancouver The PumpJack Pub
1181 Davie Street 395 Kings Way 1022 Davie Street 23 W Cordova Street 816 Granville Street 66 Water Street 560 Seymour Street 1025 Davie Street 447 Columbia Street 1216 Bute Street 1138 Davie Street 455 Abbott Street 1042 Davie Street 1240 Thurlow Street 1262 Davie Street 364 Water Street 123 W Pender 1167 Davie Street
604-687-3991 604-676-0541 604-681-6180 604-200-2923 604-683-6695 604-678-6322 604-687-2222 604-759-0819 604-609-6665 604-669-2013 604-685-7777 604-685-4077 604-685-1724 604-632-1646 604-408-4321 604-974-0602 604-685-3417
Victoria ne foot on Victoria soil, and you might think you’ve been transported to England. In fact, this capital of British Columbia has a reputation for being more British than Britain herself. Quite a compliment when considering its charm, culture, history and high quality of life. Gays and lesbians have had a lengthy, though subdued, presence in Victoria, and hear you’ll find a welcoming spirit and friendly attitude as you find your way around. You’ll also find a handful of local bars and restaurants with high quality cuisine to choose from when planning your evening activities. It’s by no means a high-energy scene, but tourist season does bring out the faces. Victoria also has several gay-operated guesthouses to choose from, many attractions, shopping venues and historic neighborhoods worth exploring. Whether looking for an excursion trip or an extended holiday, Victoria offers good food, a great year-round climate and a charming and beautifully landscaped change of scenery. For more information contact Tourism Victoria 800-663-3883, www.tourismvictoria.com and the University of Victoria Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Alliance (UVIC) 604-472-4393, www.queerbc.com.
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FEATURED ACCOMMODATIONS 1 Days Inn - Victoria On The Harbour
427 Belleville Street www.daysinn.ca Welcome to Days Inn - Victoria on the Harbour. Stay with us and you'll find a variety of room types including deluxe rooms with kitchenettes, views of Victoria harbour and downtown. Hotel amenities include on-site restaurant and lounge, seasonal outdoor pool and year-round whirlpool. Plus, every guestroom offers free wireless Internet and spacious SolTerre® showers. We guarantee you'll find everything you need for a comfortable stay!
2 Executive House Hotel
777 Douglas Street www.executivehouse.com A European-style boutique hotel located in the heart of Victoria, Canada, Executive House Hotel offers a retreat for the most discerning traveller. Located in one of Canada's most historic cities, Executive House Hotel provides traditional Victorian hospitality with a modern touch. With your choice of 4 dining establishments to our Urban Oasis Medi-spa, Executive House Hotel is pleased to welcome you with the ultimate experience in service, entertainment and relaxation.
3 Queen Victoria Hotel and Suites
655 Douglas Street www.qvhotel.com The Queen Victoria Hotel & Suites offers ideal accommodation for all travelers and is within walking distance to all your downtown destinations. The Queen Victoria Hotel and Suites is a 146 room property with a combination of rooms and suites. All rooms feature balconies, in room safes, and complimentary wireless Internet. Enjoy our Mediterranean style indoor heated pool, hot tub, sauna and fitness centre. Our excellent location and personalized professional service will exceed your expectations!
TAG APPROVED ACCOMMODATIONS Best Western Carlton Plaza Hotel 642 Johnson Street Best Western Inner Harbour 412 Quebec Street Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites 740 Burdett Avenue Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina 146 Kingston Street Dalton Hotel & Suites 759 Yates Street Fairmont Empress, The 721 Government Street Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites 345 Quebec Street Inn at Laurel Point 680 Montreal Street Magnolia Hotel & Spa 623 Courtney Street Oswego Hotel 500 Oswego Street Quality Inn Victoria Downtown 850 Blanshard Street Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouses 308 Catherine Street Swans Suite Hotel - Victoria’s Art Hotel 506 Pandora Avenue Westin Bear Mtn Victoria Golf Resort & Spa 1999 Country Club Way
250-388-5513 888-383-2378 800-382-4221 800-663-1144 800-663-6101 800-441-1414 800-663-5896 800-663-7667 250-381-0999 250-294-7500 800-661-4115 877-838-2739 800-668-7926 250-391-7160
DINING Restaurants / Cafes Cafe Brio Millos (Greek) Pablo's Dining Lounge Rosie's Diner
944 Fort Street 716 Burdett Avenue 225 Quebec Street 253 Cook Street
250-383-0009 250-382-4422 250-388-4255 250-384-6090
FEATURED NIGHTLIFE 4
Paparazzi Show Nightclub
642 Johnson Street (@ Broad Street) www.paparazzinightclub.com Hours: Mon-Sat 1:00PM-2:00AM, Sunday 1:00PM- 12 midnight The Paparazzi Nightclub is the Hottest Premiere Gay and LGBTS Community Nightclub in Victoria, offering the latest dance music, sexy people to look at and fun Drag Shows. Paparazzi Nightclub is a nightspot created for a clientèle in demand of unparalleled customer service & drinks in an upscale environment with the best DJs in the city. Our mission is to be the most élite venue and paramount in music, décor, and character.
NIGHTLIFE Bars / Clubs / Lounges / Piano Bars / Cabarets Hush 1325 Government Street 4 Paparazzi Show Nightclub 642 Johnson Street
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Info Finder ACCOMMODATIONS 1 Days Inn - Victoria On The Harbour 2 Executive House Hotel 3 Queen Victoria Hotel & Suites
NIGHTLIFE 4 Paparazzi Show Nightclub
SHOPPING & SERVICES 5 Craigdarroch Castle
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SHOPPING & SERVICES Adult Entertainment / Products Rubber Rainbow Condom Co.
100 Market Square
Attractions for a full list of attractions see the bottom of this page 5 Craigdarroch Castle 1050 Joan Crescent
Cards & Gifts Oceanside Gifts
102-812 Wharf Street
582 Johnson Street
Sauna (Men's) Steamworks Victoria
Spa / Sauna / Massage 2 Executive House Hotel 777 Douglas Street 3 Queen Victoria Hotel and Suites 655 Douglas Street
Tattoos / Piercings Urge Studios
1026 Cook Street
Victoria Event Victoria Pride July 1st - 10th, 2011 250-483-6846, www.victoriapridesociety.org The Victoria Pride Society's mission is based on empowerment. We empower those who are - or think they might be - gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited, intersex, friends and allies. Victoria Pride fosters learning and empowerment through social celebration and networking. We strive to create a better public understanding of our communityâ€™s history, courage, diversity and future. The parade takes place on the 10th.
Victoria Attractions Abkhazi Garden
Glendale Gardens & Woodlands
1964 Fairfield Road, Victoria, BC 250-598-8096
Butchart Gardens Ltd., The 800 Benvenuto Avenue Brentwood Bay, BC, Canada V8M 1J8 250-652-4422 or 866-652-4422 Enticing visitors to Vancouver Island since the early 1900s, these breathtaking gardens are now a designated National Historic Site. Starting with the Sunken Garden, once a limestone quarry, The Butchart Gardens offers 55 acres of spectacular beauty in every season. Spring features countless tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, with the glorious Rose Garden bursting into bloom in the summer. Perennial borders start their stunning show in late summer, and the Japanese maples turn to russet, gold, and red in the fall. Entertainment highlights in July and August include music under the stars, Night Illuminations, and Saturday Fireworks. Christmas is a magical wonderland, including a new outdoor ice skating rink.
Craigdarroch Castle 1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria, BC Canada, V8S 3L5 250-592-5323, craigdarrochcastle.com Located in the heart of Victoria, only 8 blocks from the inner harbour, Craigdarroch Castle is an exceptional place to visit. Lavish Victorian era furnishings and decor, exquisite stained glass, and detailed woodwork carved by artisans of days gone by...these all combine to create a warm and expansive entertainment experience. When you're finished, take time to browse the Gift Shop and relax in the Castle grounds before moving on to your next destination. Open daily from 10am - 4:30 pm for self-guided tours. Extended hours June 15th to September 7: 9 am- 7pm.
505 Quayle Road, Victoria, BC 250-479-6162 www.glendalegardens.ca Nine acres of spectacular demonstration gardens showcase over 10,000 varieties of plants- labelled and displayed growing in their ideal conditions.
Quw'utsun' Cultural Centre 200 Cowichan Way Duncan, BC, Canada V9L 6P4 250-746-8119 or 877-746-8119 www.quwutsun.ca Quw'utsun' offers all guests an authentic Cowichan First Nations Experience: Interpretive Guided Tours, West Coast themed Gift Shop and First Nations contemporary cuisine in the Riverwalk Cafe.
Victoria Bug Zoo 631 Courtney Street, Victoria, BC 250-384-2847, www.bugzoo.bc.ca Home to some of the worlds rare insects, arachnids and other creepy-crawlies.
Victoria Butterfly Gardens 1461 Benvenuto Avenue Brentwood Bay, BC, Canada V8M 1R3 250-652-3822 or 877-722-0272 www.butterflygardens.com Houses a great indoor collection of rare and beautiful butterflies.
Victoria Harbour Ferry Co. Ltd. 1234 N Wharf Street, Victoria, BC 250-708-0201 www.victoriaharbourferry.com Victoria Harbour is world renowned for its bustling traffic & unique waterways. Victoria Harbour Ferry tours are equally renowned for their friendly skippers and fun, informative tours. Hop aboard one of our little ferries and see Victoria from the water. Look for our "FERRY STOP" signs at major waterfront locations around the harbour.
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Whistler Events YEAR ROUND
Whistler Farmer's Market
Whistler's Summer Street
Every Sunday from June 19th - October 9th, 2011 Whistler Upper Village 604-905-8886 www.whistlerfarmersmarket.org
Performance Series Millennium Place, 4335 Blackcomb Way 604-938-9221, whistlerartscouncil.com Featuring high quality theatre, music, dance and comedy by professional Canadian and international touring artists at an affordable price to the community of Whistler and resort visitors.
FEB WinterPRIDE February 5th - 12th, 2012 Whistler Village, Whistler, BC 604-296-5316, www.gaywhistler.com
APR Telus World Ski & Snowboard Fest. April 13th - 22nd, 2012 Whistler Village, Whistler, BC, Canada 604-938-3399, www.wssf.com
Weekends May - November, 2011 Whistler Village, 604-938-9221 www.artswhistler.com Free, family-friendly events, attractions and performers. The paths of Whistler Village are animated and provide interactive entertainment by performers from the Seato-Sky Corridor and touring artists from across Canada. Includes juggling acts, circus performers, musicians, bike stuntman, dancers & acrobats.
JUN Art Walk June 20th - August 31st, 2011 Various host galleries throughout Whistler Village 604-938-9221, www.artswhistler.com
JUL CrankWorx Freeride Mtn Bike Fest. Official 2012 dates TBA (previously on July 15th - 24th, 2011) Whistler Village 604-938-7669, www.crankworx.com
Bizarre Bazaar Artisan Market
Cheakamus Challenge Mtn Bike Race August 6th, 2011 www.whistlerbikeguide.com
NOV Whistler’s Wine & Food Celebration November 10th - 13th, 2011 Various Whistler Venues 877-991-9988, whistlercornucopia.com Celebrate gourmet food coupled with fine wine in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Sit in on fascinating seminars with wineries, critics & wine professionals, or attend Winemaker Dinners where sumptuous multi-course meals are paired with a variety of wines. Sniff, sip, swirl and savour a selection of vintages at various tasting events, take a Chef's Trip to the Farm, or make the scene at our renowned after-parties and brunches.
ARTrageous November, 2011 Various Whistler Venues 604-938-9221, www.artswhistler.com Whistler's original art party.
November 25th - 26th, 2011 Telus Whistler Conference Centre 604-938-9221, www.artswhistler.com Whistler’s Original Artisan Market presenting unique, quality, hand-made art and crafts for those looking for one-of-akind treasures. Featuring over 100 artisans from the Sea to Sky Corridor, Lower Mainland and beyond. The holiday craft fair will feature a wide array of ceramics, clothing, fine art, wood, glass, metal, jewelry, candles and aromatherapy products as well as Christmas decorations. Bizarre Bazaar is a vibrant community event that includes live music, a silent auction, dance and food.
DEC Whistler Film Festival November 30th - December 4th, 2011 Various Whistler Venues 604-935-8035, whistlerfilmfestival.com
Whistler ‘s New Years Celebration December 31st, 2011 The Village Stroll & Conference Center www.whistlerfirstnight.com
TAG APPROVED ACCOMMODATIONS Aava Whistler Hotel 4005 Whistler Way 800-663-5644 Adara Hotel 4122 Village Green 866-502-3272 Coast Blackcomb Suites 4899 Painted Cliff Road 800-716-6199 Crystal Lodge Hotel & Suites 4154 Village Green 604-932-2221 Delta Whistler Village Suites 4308 Main Street 888-299-3987 Evolution 2020 London Lane 877-799-3250 Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort 4599 Chateau Boulevard 866-540-4424 Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa 4050 Whistler Way 800-515-4050 Mountainside Lodge 4417 Sundial Place 877-607-3337 Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside 4320 Sundial Crescent 888-905-9995 Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre 4299 Blackcomb Way 888-966-5575 Summit Lodge and Spa 4359 Main Street 888-913-8811 Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler 4090 Whistler Way 888-634-5577 Whistler Pinnacle Hotel 4319 Main Street 888-999-8986 Whistler RV Park and Campground 55 Highway 99 888-222-2154
ACCOMMODATIONS Four Seasons Resort Whistler HI - Whistler Olympic Hostel Nita Lake Lodge Sundial Boutique Hotel 1 Whistler Village Inn & Suites
4591 Blackcomb Way 1035 Legacy Way 2131 Lake Placid Road 4340 Sundial Crescent 4429 Sundial Place
800-268-6282 866-762-4122 888-755-6482 800-661-2321 800-663-6418
4122 Village Gate Square 4369 Main Street 4121 Whistler Way 2015 Lake Placid Road #129 4154 Village Green 2102 Lake Placid Road 4368 Main Street whistlertastingtours.com
604-932-4540 604-932-7518 604-932-3433 604-938-1270 604-932-7427 604-966-0668 604-905-4900 604-902-8687
4122 Village Green RR 4 4125 Village Gate Square whistlerclubcrawl.com
604-932-6613 604-932-1904 604-722-2633
DINING Araxi Restaurant + Bar Bavaria Restaurant 2 Bear Foot Bistro Player's Chop House Ric's Grill and The Mix Southside Diner Tandoori Grill Whistler Tasting Tours
NIGHTLIFE 3 Buffalo Bill's Bar & Grill Maxx Fish Whistler Club Crawl
RESOURCES GayWhistler www.GayWhistler.com skiOUT! Vancouver Gay & Lesbian Ski Club Tourism British Columbia www.hellobc.com Tourism Whistler whistler.com Whistler Activity Central 11-4122 Village Gate House Whistler Arts Council www.artswhistler.com Whistler Chamber, The 201-4230 Gateway Drive
604-288-7218 skiout.com 604-660-3755 800-WHISTLER 604-905-4866 604-935-8410 604-932-5922
SHOPPING & SERVICES Attractions Canadian Snowmobile and ATV Adventures canadian01.com Powder Mountain Cat Skiing powdermountaincatskiing.com Whistler Blackcomb Mountains (Ski Info) 4545 Blackcomb Way Whistler Sliding Centre whistlerslidingcentre.com Whistler Olympic Park whistlerolympicpark.com Whistler Heli Ski 4241 Village Stroll Ziptrek Ecotours ziptrek.com (Whistler, BC)
877-938-1616 604-932-0169 604-932-3141 604-964-0040 877-764-2455 604-932-4105 866-935-0001
Events WinterPRIDE - Annual Gay & Lesbian Ski Week (Feb 5-12, 2012) www.gaywhistler.com 866-787-1966
Salon / Spa Revolution Salon & Spa 38-4314 Main Street Scandinave Spa 8010 Mons Road Solarice Wellness Centre & Spa 202-4230 Gateway Drive
604-932-3993 604-935-2424 604-935-1222
Travel Services / Tours Whistler Blackcomb Central Reservations whistlerblackcomb.com/gaywhistler 866-787-1966