|Gay Friendly Travel Guide to Vancouver
| Vancouver boasts a fabulous location - between the Pacific Ocean and the North Shore Mountain Range in British Columbia, Canada.
Ranked in the top five cities in the world for quality of life, Vancouver attracts people from all over the planet - this is a great place to live!
Vancouver is one of Canada's warmest cities - dry summers and average summer temperatures of 22 (72) degrees.
Winters in Vancouver are also milder than the rest of Canada.
Vancouver has fabulous modern architecture, some wonderful beaches, gorgeous parks, and is surrounded by spectacular natural scenery.
All of it is conveniently located in quite a small area - and all of it is accessible on Vancouver's superb transport system.
And Vancouver is home to not one but two gay villages. They are very different in character - and you should visit them both.
Davie Village is the main gay attraction in Vancouver.
Here you will find dozens of gay bars, gay-run and gay-friendly hotels, plus gay shops, clubs, and a fantastic atmosphere.
Commercial Drive (or simply "The Drive,") is the place to find Vancouver's thriving lesbian community.
The Drive offers a great choice of affordable restaurants, bars, small hotels and tons of unique shops and stores.
There is a powerful, confident lesbian presence here - with lots of lesbian residents and lesbian-owned businesses.
But don't just visit Vancouver for the gay villages - there is SO much to see and do here...
Our Favourite Things to do in & Around Vancouver
Visit Yaletown - Vancouver's trendiest neighbourhood.
Yaletown used to be a dreary district of derelict warehouses, but is now Vancouver's coolest neighbourhood - a fabulous mix of old and new
buildings, luxury apartments, unique shops and restaurants, relaxing parks, and lots of fabulous waterfront walks.
Explore Stanley Park - the biggest city park in North America.
Stanley Park is amazing! Located on a huge peninsula, at the northwestern end of the city, Stanley park attracts 8 million visitors a year.
The park is edged by some excellent beaches, and is criss-crossed by miles of paths and trails. There are also areas of dense forest, some
spectacular gardens, a heated swimming-pool, The Vancouver Aquarium, four restaurants, and the park's most famous feature - a five mile sea-wall.
The wall has a road on the top - ideal for walking, jogging, cycling and roller-blading.
Go Whale Watching
Vancouver enjoys the ideal location for whale-watching, and several companies here offer fantastic, year-round whale-watching trips.
Vancouver has the third biggest Chinatown in North America. This colourful, vibrant, tasty part of Downtown is an absolute must visit.
Take a rainbow boat trip to Granville Island - The island in the middle of the city!
Granville Island is an "urban oasis" of waterfront restaurants, theatres, galleries, art and craft studios, shops, and the most spectacular fresh food
market you're ever likely to see! No visit to Vancouver is complete without a trip to Granville Island! Get there on The Aquabus Rainbow Ferry.
Take a Gay Ski Trip to Whistler
If you happen to visit Vancouver in winter - a trip to Whistler is a great idea. Whistler is a short trip from Vancouver - and it is probably the most
gay-friendly ski-resort on the planet! Gay men and women gather here from all around the world - especially for the Winter Pride Festival, a fantastic
GLBT ski and party fest at the end of January (26 Jan - 2 Feb 2014).
Best Gay bars in Vancouver
Numbers - Vancouver's oldest (and possibly best) gay club.
Score on Davie - Nice gay sports bar.
The PumpJack Pub - Denim & leather crowd. Nice atmosphere.
1181 - Stylish, trendy lounge bar - not cheap.
Saunas & Bathhouses
Steamworks Vancouver - Very steamy in every way.
F212 Steam Vancouver - Full service gay bathhouse. Open all night.
Gay-Friendly Hotels in Vancouver
The booking agencies will tell you that every hotel in on their lists is gay-friendly. But this is not the case.
Vancouver is a very gay-friendly city - but not EVERY hotel is gay-welcoming.
For genuinely gay-welcoming accommodation, we RECOMMEND these hotels