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Montreal at a Glance

As one of the only nations on the planet to recognize same-sex marriages, Canada is as logical a destination as any for the LGBT tourist; and with one of the largest gay neighborhoods in the world, Montreal is the icing on the cake.

The Village–or “le Village”–is the epicenter of Montreal’s gay scene. Innumerable restaurants, shops, bars, nightclubs and cafes dot the vicinity with their characteristic flair, and even the local metro stop is decked out in rainbow pizzazz. Sainte-Catherine Street is the Village’s main thoroughfare and the backbone of its activity, with a diverse array of establishments along and on either side of it. Gay-friendly venues are also to be found slightly farther afield, as in the city’s downtown area, for instance.

Travelers will be delighted to learn that a variety of gay-owned-and-operated guesthouses offer affordable lodging within walking distance of the city’s major attractions. Visitors may also be interested in learning that regulations in Canada are rather more liberal than our own, which may make your night at the corner strip joint a bit more exciting than expected. There are also no less than nine–count ‘em nine–bathhouses filled overflowing with locals and tourists, and unlike even San Francisco, locals do not even bat an eye at the in your face street facades advertising homo sex.

Where to Stay


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The Chateau Versailles occupies a 19th century townhouse on Sherbrooke Street and is approximately 18 miles from the Trudeau International Airport.
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TAG Approved� Hotels are rated by the Travel Alternatives Group, an organization whose mission it is to rate the world’s gay-friendliest hotels, resorts, and inns. When you see a TAG Approved� property, rest assured that everything is pre-screened already for you, so you’ll feel welcome worldwide, from Key West to Barcelona.

The Hotel Offers Warm Hospitality in a Wonderful Relaxed Atmosphere and Many Other Services That Guests Will Enjoy To Have During Their Stay…. more


TAG Approved� Hotels are rated by the Travel Alternatives Group, an organization whose mission it is to rate the world’s gay-friendliest hotels, resorts, and inns. When you see a TAG Approved� property, rest assured that everything is pre-screened already for you, so you’ll feel welcome worldwide, from Key West to Barcelona.

Located in downtown Montreal the Days Inn hotel is approximately 15 miles from the P-E-Trudeau Airport…. more


TAG Approved� Hotels are rated by the Travel Alternatives Group, an organization whose mission it is to rate the world’s gay-friendliest hotels, resorts, and inns. When you see a TAG Approved� property, rest assured that everything is pre-screened already for you, so you’ll feel welcome worldwide, from Key West to Barcelona.

Delta Montreal is situated in the heart of vibrant and exciting downtown Montreal. Within easy walking distance of business shopping dining and entertainment… more


TAG Approved� Hotels are rated by the Travel Alternatives Group, an organization whose mission it is to rate the world’s gay-friendliest hotels, resorts, and inns. When you see a TAG Approved� property, rest assured that everything is pre-screened already for you, so you’ll feel welcome worldwide, from Key West to Barcelona.

Superior hotel (4 stars). Located in the heart of Montreal in the latin quaerter with all its cultural events and festivals. Walking distance to Old Historic… more


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Conveniently located in downtown Montreal. Auberge et Hotel de Paris is just walking distance to most of the city s attractions…. more


This property has been recommended by Get Gay Travel based on our own experiences as well as those of our clients.

Hotel Gault is an island of bold architectural innovation and modern style in Montreal’s most intriguing historic neighborhood. Each of the 30 rooms is… more


TAG Approved� Hotels are rated by the Travel Alternatives Group, an organization whose mission it is to rate the world’s gay-friendliest hotels, resorts, and inns. When you see a TAG Approved� property, rest assured that everything is pre-screened already for you, so you’ll feel welcome worldwide, from Key West to Barcelona.

Welcome to downtown Montreals new luxury hotel Enjoy an exciting lifestyle perfectly in step with those of the great capitals of the world-With its elegant… more


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The 355 St. Jacques street is a prestigious addressin old Montreal. The exceptional architecture wasdesigned with great detail in 1870 to includewooden… more


This property has been recommended by Get Gay Travel based on our own experiences as well as those of our clients.

Hotel St-Paul is a member of Design Hotels TM. Hotel St-Paul features 120 guestrooms and suites located at the gateway of Old Montreal. Perfect balance… more


TAG Approved� Hotels are rated by the Travel Alternatives Group, an organization whose mission it is to rate the world’s gay-friendliest hotels, resorts, and inns. When you see a TAG Approved� property, rest assured that everything is pre-screened already for you, so you’ll feel welcome worldwide, from Key West to Barcelona.


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Loews Hotel Vogue is a luxury hotel located in downtown Montreal in the heart of the Golden Square Mile that hosts many upscale shops restaurants nightlife… more

This property has been recommended by Get Gay Travel based on our own experiences as well as those of our clients.

The 605-room Hyatt Regency Montreal is located in the heart of Montreal’s cultural district…. more


TAG Approved� Hotels are rated by the Travel Alternatives Group, an organization whose mission it is to rate the world’s gay-friendliest hotels, resorts, and inns. When you see a TAG Approved� property, rest assured that everything is pre-screened already for you, so you’ll feel welcome worldwide, from Key West to Barcelona.


This property has been recommended by Get Gay Travel based on our own experiences as well as those of our clients.

Friendly smiles and a warm welcome await you at the newly renovated Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel. Stroll out our doors and into the heart of beautiful… more


TAG Approved� Hotels are rated by the Travel Alternatives Group, an organization whose mission it is to rate the world’s gay-friendliest hotels, resorts, and inns. When you see a TAG Approved� property, rest assured that everything is pre-screened already for you, so you’ll feel welcome worldwide, from Key West to Barcelona.

Hotel Travelodge Montreal Centre is unique in its class with a European Style. Our 100% Smoke Free Renovated Property offers 244 Guest rooms beautifully… more


TAG Approved� Hotels are rated by the Travel Alternatives Group, an organization whose mission it is to rate the world’s gay-friendliest hotels, resorts, and inns. When you see a TAG Approved� property, rest assured that everything is pre-screened already for you, so you’ll feel welcome worldwide, from Key West to Barcelona.

The Novotel Montreal Centre hotel is located the the heart of the business centre of downtown Montreal…. more


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Koko a dramatic silver and black backdrop and glittering chandeliers set the stage for Montreals hottest new dining drinking and socializing space. Contemporary… more


This property has been recommended by Get Gay Travel based on our own experiences as well as those of our clients.

Ritz Carlton Montreal is located approximately one mile from the Place des Arts three miles from Old Montreal and 14 miles from Pierre-elliott Trudeau… more


TAG Approved� Hotels are rated by the Travel Alternatives Group, an organization whose mission it is to rate the world’s gay-friendliest hotels, resorts, and inns. When you see a TAG Approved� property, rest assured that everything is pre-screened already for you, so you’ll feel welcome worldwide, from Key West to Barcelona.

Considered among the best downtown Montreal hotels Sofitel Montreal Le Carre Dore is located in the heart of the historic Golden Square Mile at the corner… more

TAG Approved� Hotels are rated by the Travel Alternatives Group, an organization whose mission it is to rate the world’s gay-friendliest hotels, resorts, and inns. When you see a TAG Approved� property, rest assured that everything is pre-screened already for you, so you’ll feel welcome worldwide, from Key West to Barcelona.


This property has been recommended by Get Gay Travel based on our own experiences as well as those of our clients.

Welcome to the W Montreal winner of the Conde Nast Traveller UK 2005 Hot List Award for the Best New Hotel Worldwide and of the Gold Key Award for Best… more

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Lowdown on Gay Rights

Yes Licenses marriages for same-sex couples

Yes Honors marriages of same-sex couples from other jurisdictions

Yes  Relationship recognition for same-sex couples 

On July 20, 2005, Canada became the fourth country in the world and the first country in the Americas to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide with the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act

Canada does not have a residency requirement for marriage; consequently, many foreign couples have gone to Canada to marry, regardless of whether that marriage will be recognized in their home country. In fact, in some cases, a Canadian marriage has provided the basis for a challenge to the laws of another country. 

Hate Crimes Laws:  

Yes Protection based on Sexual Orientation

Yes Protection based on Gender Identity 

Constitutional scholar Joseph Magnet argues that Canada has more hate crime legislation forbidding certain ideas from being promulgated than any other country in the world. 

Sodomy Laws 

In 1969 Canadian sodomy laws were repealed 

Non-Discrimination Laws 

Yes Sexual Orientation Protection

Yes Gender Identity Protection 

Employment Protections 

Yes Private employment protections based on sexual orientation.

Yes Private employment protections based on gender identity.

Yes Public employment protections based on sexual orientation.

Yes Public employment protections based on gender identity. 

Parenting Laws

Same-sex couples may adopt their spouse’s child. In order to do so, the couple must have lived with each other for at least three years or must be married or joined in a civil union. Two spouses may also adopt a child awaiting adoption in the care of social services. There is nothing that clearly excludes same-sex couples from adopting. Prohibiting a same-sex couple from adopting on this ground alone is discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and violates the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.  

 

The legal information provided on this page is provided as a courtesy to Get Gay Travel clients. It is not designed to serve as legal advice. Get Gay Travel would like to thank the Human Rights Campaign and Lambda Legal for the reference materials. Due to the ever-changing nature of legal matters some of the information may not be current or comprehensive. 

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