If there’s one place that you need to see, explore and experience in your life, it's gay Toronto. This city and its iconic skyline rest on the northwestern shores of Lake Ontario. Toronto stands out among Canadian cities as one of the country’s most interesting and diverse, an already progressive country that legally recognized same-sex marriage in 2013.
When planning your trip through Toronto, you'll definitely want to stay in Church and Wellesley. This is the city's main and most historic gay neighborhood, also known as the Gay Village. Jarvis Street, Gerrard Street, Charles Street and Yonge Street all border the park. It's home to the 519 Church Street Community Centre and Barbara Hall Park where you'll find the AIDS memorial. You can also tour filming locations for the hit series Queer as Folk in the neighborhood. Nearby neighborhoods popular with gay Toronto locals include the Garden District, St. Lawrence Riverdale, The Annex, Cabbagetown and St. Jamestown.
Iconic places in Toronto include the Queer West Village, which is home to bookstores and restaurants, and Hanlan's Point Beach. The Beach went clothing optional in 2002 and is now the place to see and be seen. Other popular gay neighborhoods are West Queen West (a hipster paradise) and Leslieville. Remington's features some of the best drinks around and two different floors but is also the only legal male strip club in Toronto. Other gay Toronto hot spots include Fly, Black Eagle and O'Grady's.
Main events taking place in the city include Pride Toronto, which happens in summer, and the Halloween Night Party. You can dress up in your favorite costume as you hit the streets but be sure to not miss June’s Prism Festival, which claims to be the biggest circuit music festival in North America with over 15,000 attendees.
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