An LGBT guide to Ottawa
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Monday, 21 January 2013 07:20
As Canada's capital, Ottawa knows how to roll out the welcome mat. The captivating metropolis is home to a thriving and supportive LGBT community that has a lot to offer. With so much to choose from, finding the right place for a stylish beverage or a chic night on the town might seem like a bit of a challenge. Fortunately there is a wealth of great places to enjoy the city out and proud.
Breathing in the local history
It will come as no surprise that the centre of Canadian government also boasts a number of milestones for the LGBT community. In addition to its scenic vistas and classic architecture, visitors to Parliament Hill are also in the spot that was home to the country's first public gay and lesbian rights march, back in 1971. Just down Bank Street from the Hill, travellers can head to a six-block stretch of the road affectionately referred to as the Village. Browse one of the country's largest collections of LGBT literature and historical documents at the Kelly McGinnis library, or simply enjoy the region's dining and nightlife.
A night to remember
When the sun goes down, the city comes alive, and LGBT travellers have a number of happening nightspots to explore throughout Ottawa. If you're looking to sip a relaxing cocktail with the locals, why not head to the Centretown Pub, one of the Village's most popular hangouts. If you'd prefer an altogether livelier experience then why not dance the night away at Edge or The Lookout Bar. If an evening of culture is more your speed then head on over to the ByWard Market district or check out the National Arts Centre, or hop in your rental car to visit the nearby Casino du Lac-Leamy, each of which hosts memorable performances of local and travelling artists all year round.