Quebec City is located about 2.5 hours north of Montreal. It is one of the oldest cities in North America and part of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Established in 1608 by the explorer Samuel de Champlain, the city was a key point of New France in America. Its architecture reflects its history very well. As the seat of the province’s institutions, Quebec City is very gay-friendly. There is no gay neighbourhood like in Montreal or Toronto, but the city is definitely worth a visit thanks to its many attractions and festivals.
Quebec City is a city of about 540,000 inhabitants and is the seat of the province’s institutions. It’s a city with a beautiful architecture that recalls the European cities. You absolutely have to see the Château Frontenac, the Parliament, walk through the old city’s cobbled streets, along the Promenade des Gouverneurs or on the Plains of Abraham. The city is especially animated during summer. The Festival d’Été de Québec, which gathers thousands of festival-goers and renowned international artists every year, is also located here. The city is, like the province of Quebec, largely gay-friendly, and you will feel very safe here. There is a 100% gay hotel that you can find below, in our accommodation category.
Very LGBTQ+ friendly, the city organises the annual “Fête Arc-en-ciel” (pride weekend) at the beginning of September and both the Quebec government and the City Council actively support local gay organisations. Even if Montreal has the largest Gay Pride in the province, with millions of participants, Quebec City’s Gay Pride is not to be underestimated, with more than 35,000 people attending each year. More generally, Canada provides a much-appreciated protective environment for LGBTQ+ people and this is reflected in society.
Canada was the second country (after the Netherlands) to legalize gay marriage on July 20, 2005. In Quebec, whose capital is Quebec City, gay marriage has even been legally recognized since March 19, 2004. Adoption for same-sex couples has also been legal for many years. Discrimination, whether private or professional, was severely punished and there were no discrimination or restrictions in the military field. Canada has now taken action to ban conversion therapy, which unfortunately is still prevalent in the country. The latter are already criminalized in a few provinces such as Ontario and Manitoba.
The Canadian dollar is the official currency used in Quebec City, not to be confused with the American dollar. For 1 € you get about 1,50$CAD. There are many exchange offices in the country, so there is no need to exchange your money at the airport, where the exchange rate is generally less advantageous.
The tourist visa is valid for a maximum of 6 months, but this is at the customs officer’s discretion after a strict check on arrival. European countries are visa-free, but it is nevertheless mandatory before your departure to apply for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) which costs 7$CAD per person. Ask for it on the official Government of Canada website and not through a third party as they will charge you extra for the same service. Here is the link to the official government website: ETA – Canada.
Le Drague (815 Saint-Augustin Street). Large popular gay bar-club on 3 floors with a relatively young clientele. A beautiful terrace in summer. Very popular on weekend nights, you can see drag shows, chat in the bar area or dance on the dance floor in the basement.
St-Matthew’s Bar (889 Côte Sainte-Geneviève). Bar with a more mature clientele, drag shows and pool room. There is a nice atmosphere and the local clientele is very welcoming.
There are, of course, a large number of other bars, all of which can be described as gay friendly, Quebec being very open-minded. The nightlife takes place along Rue Saint-Jean in the upper town, but also in Old Quebec in the lower town.
Sauna Block 225 (225 St. John Street). Multi-storey gay sauna located at the end of St-Jean Street, past all the bars and restaurants.
Hippocampe Sauna (31 rue Mc Mahon). This is the sauna of the gay hotel Hippocampe, which is accessible to hotel guests but open to the public as well.
Back Boys Sauna (264 rue de la Couronne). A little more out of the way in the lower town, clean gay sauna with a good team in place.
From Thursday, September 1st to Sunday, September 4, 2022.
The main stage will be located on Place d’Youville in the heart of the city. The parade will take place on Sunday, September 4.
Grindr and Scruff are the most used applications.
Gay411.com is a local network still used by Quebecers. No applications but accessible via a mobile version.
Video source: You Tube – Quebec Cite Officiel – December 17, 2020.