Quebec, Canada….Old world charm “Nouvelle France (New France)” without leaving the new world
We all know,that when everyone wants something, all at the same time, the price tends to go up.Thus becoming trendy. Well, it’s the same for travel. Often enough, the trendier the destination, usually the higher the price is. Add to the mix, the season your travelling. Hotels and restaurants can be more costly. All combined, it can make for an expensive trip. Add in the, time of year your traveling and that plays a major factor in pricing.
Paris for example, the city of lights is always in Vogue, Thus usually always leaning towards higher prices, especially when it comes to where to stay, eat and play! Paris is world re-known for being Gay Friendly. So for an alternative Gay friendly destination, why not the Province of Quebec. Also known as “La Belle Province” and it’s particularly beautiful during the Fall.
What can make it more appealing for the Gay Traveler is that the Canadian dollar is at a Low. Thus, making this destination very wallet friendly and very, very Gay friendly.
Here are 5 Quebec Fun and Affordable Gay Travel Destinations for this Fall
1) Montréal – Queen Dowager of the ST.Lawerence
2) The “Laurentians” – A Canopy of Fall Colors
3) Quebec City – The Old Capitol
4) Eastern Townships/ Sherbrooke – Urban Nature
1) Montréal- Queen Dowager of the St.Lawerence River
Being a native of Montréal, I can truly let you know, that there are fewer cities in the world that are Gay friendlier or that offer more Gay Venues to the Gay traveler. From Male strip clubs, Gay Latin Dance clubs, Piano Bars to Gay social dancing clubs. It’s a buffet of Gay Entertainment.
Montreal speaks French, but no worries, English is spoken everywhere. It once was the Economical & Cultural hub of Canada. It boasted housing the tallest building in the Commonwealth. Not to get into to much History, it has now seceded its past glory to another region in Canada. But,enough of that.
To find that OLD WORLD CHARM in “Vieux Montreal”, you won’t have to go far. One the amazing districts of Montreal is where it along began. (This year Montreal celebrates 375 years of their founding)!Old Montréal is that district. It covers an area of about one square kilometre (or 0.4 square mile). The historical district is located between the Saint Lawrence River and nearby downtown Montréal. It is easily accessible, and once there, the best way to discover its charms is undoubtedly on foot. Cobblestone streets, outdoor patio cafes and beautiful Historical architecture.
As a Gay traveler, you have access to “old Montréal” and all of the rest of this great city. i.e.Little Italy, Chinatown, Plateau Mont-Royal and all it has to offer. But the funnest part, of your stay in Montréal will be, I believe, the Gay village.
A strip of the main drag (Boul.Ste-Cathrine), from Rue Berri to Rue Papineau and it’s arteries) make up the village. Fun boutiques, restaurants and clubs of all kinds. Truly a great Gay travel Destination.
2. Laurentians – A Canopy of Fall Colors
The Laurentians is 22,000 square kilometres of pure delight just north of Montreal. The great diversity of its ecosystems opens up ever-new horizons, providing an outstanding natural experience to suit visitors of every ilk.
The region takes its name from the chain of mountains which runs down its northern side, and is part of the great Canadian Shield, which covers most of Quebec north of the St. Lawrence River. Its lively and picturesque villages offer visitors a warm and lasting welcome.
Saint-Eustache, Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard, Rivière-Rouge, Mont-Laurier, Sainte-Adèle, Val-David and many more( for more info check out: https://www.laurentides.com/en/tourist-information-laurentians. These are great little villages that have become playgrounds for many Montrealers that want to getaway. During the fall, this region becomes like an Impressionistic painting. Well worth visiting.
3. Quebec City-The Old Capital
Just a 2.5 hour drive north from Montreal, Québec City sits on the Saint Lawrence River in Canada’s mostly French-speaking Québec province. Dating to 1608, it has a fortified colonial core, Vieux-Québec and Place Royale, with stone buildings and narrow streets. This area is the site of the towering Château Frontenac Hotel and imposing Citadelle of Québec. Old Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage treasure, is walkable and safe. Stroll the only fortified city north of Mexico and its cobblestone streets.The Petit Champlain district’s cobblestone streets are lined with bistros and boutiques.
European charm, romantic ambiance, exquisite cuisine and charming hotels. Really a totally unique city scape and very Gay friendly!
The gay neighbourhood is found along portions of quaint rue St-Jean, a street full of various bars, cafes and boutiques just outside the walls of the Old City. For more info you can always check out Alliance Arc-en-Ciel Quebec, for details about the local community, especially for Pride events. Le Guide GQ is another listings resource for this city and also throughout the province, in French or English.
Also, pick up a copy of Fugues Magazine which covers gay lifestyle in Quebec City, along with other cities in the province.Well worth a Gay travelers time! Enjoy, I know you will.
4. Eastern Townships / Sherbrooke- Urban Nature
If you are an nature enthusiast you’ll enjoy this part of your stay in Quebec. Especially during Fall, you’ll enjoy the full fall palette of bright reds, yellows and oranges. What a better way to capture the beauty of the season with a fantastic ride on the Magog River! With a canoe or a kayak, enjoy a ride that will make you discover rural and urban landscapes. A great way to learn water sports or to appreciate Sherbrooke’s natural beauty from a unique vantage point! This excursion is referred to the “Corridor Bleu”(Blue Corridor”)
The Corridor bleu offers the possibility to ride on about 7 km or 14 km in calm waters : you will discover Sherbrooke by its waterways! Access is free at all times and the river path is marked to guide you through the descent.
As part of the “Urban Nature” Sherbrooke offers many walking tours and It really inspires you to do so. This quaint small city has great murals that come to life through a unique digital experience developed by Space and Dream: MURALIS, SHERBROOKE’S GREAT MURAL EXPERIENCE. Using your smartphone or tablet, bring the characters in each of the murals to life through this unique tour, day or night! A terrific way to wander the streets downtown (re)discovering the trompe-l’oeil frescos that have transformed Sherbrooke into a true open-air art gallery.
Note that Ipad devices will be available for loan at the Sherbrooke Tourist Information Office.
Musée de la nature et des sciences de Sherbrooke
Sherbrooke also offers a very unique museum that is worth your time exploring: Musée de la nature et des sciences de Sherbrooke. A Nature and Science Museum that allows you to experience Terra Mutantès, an interactive and multisensorial exhibit! Learn about the formation of the Appalachians and cross lava fields…You’ll feel the separation of the continents and the retreat of the glaciers…The earth will tremble, you feel both hot and cold…You’ll never see the Eastern Townships landscape in the same way!
Fiere la fete
For a relative small city, Sherbrooke, demonstrates it’s Gay friendliness by hosting a Gay Pride Festival called Fiere la fete, it’s a festive, family-friendly and inclusive event celebrating sexual and gender diversity in the Eastern Townships. It brings together people for a greater visibility to sexual and gender diversity, and to create a space for sharing and social networking. Movie, kick-off cocktails, community day, pride parade and evening celebrations.
Although the event will mostly be held in French, everyone is welcome!
5. Gaspé –
The region is more famously known for the Pierce Rock!
Gaspé is a city at the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula in the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region of eastern Quebec, Canada. Gaspé is located about 650 kilometres northeast of Quebec City, and 350 kilometres east of Rimouski.
Enjoy spectacular sea and mountain scenery as far as the eye can see!Gaspésie gives you the opportunity to discover four national parks; famous Percé Rock; the world’s most accessible northern gannet colony; a UNESCO World Heritage Site; moose; summits over 1000 metres (3300 feet); lighthouses; Chaleur Bay, one of the most beautiful bays in the world; remarkable historic sites and much more.Such as, hiking, sea trips, animal watching, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, beach, canyoning, diving … a multitude of exciting activities await you. Whether it’s just playing outside or pushing your limits, enjoy the outdoors at its best in Gaspésie!
So why not Book this great Fall Getaway. Here is an additional reason to book and discover 5 Quebec Fun & Affordable Gay Travel Destinations for this fall.