Vancouver is the largest city in Western Canada. It’s located on Georgia Strait, not far from the North Pacific Ocean shores. A welcoming city, its population is one of the most multicultural in the world with more than half of its population speaking languages other than English. A tolerant city, its gay district is located in the West End, a few minutes walk from the famous Sunset Beach. Vancouver is a large city surrounded by mountains on one side and the Strait of Georgia on the other, which opens it to the Pacific Ocean. Its quality of life is recognized as one of the best in the world.
Vancouver is the main metropolis of the Canadian state of British Columbia with a population of approximately 2.5 million (including its urban area), which ranks it 3rd in Canada after Toronto and Montreal. Its gay pedestrian area “Davie Village” is very accessible, and runs along Davie Street, between Jervis Street to the north and Burrard Street to the south. Not surprisingly, the majority of LGBTQ+ establishments can be found here, including the famous Little Sister’s bookstore, which became famous for its battle with the Canadian customs authorities in the 1990s. Vancouver’s population is made up of a very large Asian community due to its location on the Pacific Ocean, facing Asia. This also guarantees a beautiful multicultural side. In addition, Vancouver is often listed as one of the world’s most livable cities, ranking high in many of the top 10.
Vancouver flourished during the 19th century, after joining the Canadian confederation in 1871. A recent city, its population has been built up over the years with a constant influx of economic immigrants. As was the case throughout Canada, movements to protect minority rights quickly emerged. Vancouver played a key role in the first wave of feminism and moral reform and is now a tolerant city where there is no place for inequality.
Canada is one of the most advanced countries in the world when it comes to the rights of LGBTQ+ people. It is the second country in the world to have legalized gay marriage since 2005, as well as adoption for same-sex couples. Canada is also leading the battle to ban conversion therapy.
The currency used in Vancouver is the Canadian dollar, not to be confused with the American dollar. For 1 € you get about 1,50$CAD.
The tourist visa is valid for a maximum of 6 months, but this remains at the customs officer’s discretion following a strict control on arrival. European countries are visa exempt, but it is nevertheless mandatory before your departure to apply for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) which costs 7$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.
1181 (1181 Davie Street). Well-known modern gay bar/club in Vancouver with a lounge atmosphere and dance floor. Ideal place to party, but possibility of finding quieter spaces to talk.
PumpJack Pub(1167 Davie Street). Bar-pub with a restaurant area, bar area, terrace and games area with pool table and various machines.
The Fountainhead Pub (1025 Davie Street). Bar-pub primarily for eating, but very nice atmosphere in the evening with regular entertainment.
The Junction (1138 Davie Street). Gay bar-restaurant with a stage and regular drag shows.
Numbers Cabaret(1042 Davie Street). Bar with possibility to eat. Good cocktails, terrace, pool table and good atmosphere.
Gerard Lounge (845 Burrard Street). Not far from the gay district (1 minute walk), a very old school chic lounge that serves excellent cocktails and wines.
Score on Davie (1262 Davie Street). Very good gay-friendly bar and brasserie in the heart of Vancouver’s gay village.
Moxie’s Grill & Bar (1160 Davie Street). Modern, gay-friendly grill bar in Vancouver’s gay district.
Two Parrots Bar & Grill (1202 Granville Street). Another gay-friendly spot where you can eat with a great atmosphere.
The Roxy Cabaret(932 Granville Street). Gay-friendly cabaret bar with theme nights and shows.
Bar One (1088 Burrard St North Tower Lobby). Gay-friendly bar in Vancouver with a modern atmosphere that also serves food.
Celebrities NightClub (1022 Davie Street). Popular gay club in Vancouver with a great sound system, shows and DJ nights.
Playhouse Nightclub (1240 Thurlow Street). To be confirmed if reopened. Gay-friendly nightclub.
Evenings Man Up Vancouver: check social networks for monthly dates.
Wreck Beach is a beautiful sandy beach with many tree trunks on site. The perfect place if you want to relax on a hot day. You can get there by bus from Davie Village. Don’t forget to come with good walking shoes because there is a long staircase to go down to reach the beach. Once down you will see a gay section where you can practice naturism.
Steamworks Baths Vancouver (123 West Pender Street). Very large and popular gay sauna in Vancouver with gym and good facilities including spa, jaccuzi and steam room.
F212 Steam (1048 Davie Street). Gay sauna on Davie Street with gym and nice cruising area.
Grindr is widely used in Vancouver as well as Jack’d and Blued due to the large Asian population in this western Canadian state.
Video source: You Tube – Vancouver Pride Society Official – September 25, 2017.