Rainbow columns on a subway station entrance? I’ve got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore!
That’s rather what the Montréal LGBT community felt when the city gave their main Métro station, Beaudry, a facelift in 1999. The Village began 15 years earlier, just east of downtown, to become today one of the largest in North America. Mostly it’s a quiet and quirky neighbourhood of gay men, lesbians, families and cozy B&Bs in century-old duplexes and triplexes. The rainbow pillars are a way of saying that gays and lesbians not only belong to Montréal but are major contributors to its all-inclusive way of life.
Busy rue Sainte-Catherine is the Village’s own “downtown”. From June to September it becomes a mall, when out-of-town visitors mix with natives to shop, dine al fresco, or just relax in the sun with a beer. The strip has fashion and specialty boutiques, restaurants representing all major cuisine groups and a variety of bars. Throughout the summer, artists display their work, LGBT community groups set up information booths and local shops offer great things to buy. And it’s where Divers/Cité unfolds, Montréal’s wild, weeklong pride celebrations.
If you’ve heard that Montréal is a party city, nowhere is it truer than in the Village. It’s club central for people of all sexual orientations who come to dance at Sky, Unity, Apollon, afterhours clubs, and other hotspots, not to mention circuit-party events such as Black & Blue. Lesbians love Le Drugstore, a multilevel bar and resto, and everyone loves the outrageous Mado and her cabaret—drag shows with a Québécois accent!
There’s even more Village along Amherst Street, with more restaurants, antique and retro shops plus some superb Art Deco architecture. And no matter where you roam in the Gay Village, you’ll always feel safe on the streets of Montréal.
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LGBT - Itinerary
LGBT Package: An Indulgent Itinerary
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