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2SLGBTQ+ Community in Ottawa, Canada: Capital Pride 2024 Celebration

2SLGBTQ+ Community in Ottawa, Canada: Capital Pride 2024 Celebration

Every year during the third week of August, Ottawa celebrates Capital Pride, a series of events honoring the city’s 2SLGBTQ+ community. The festivities include parades, performances, and celebrations happening in parks, streets, clubs, and other areas throughout the Canadian capital city. In 2024, Capital Pride Ottawa 2024 takes place from August 17th to 25th, promising a vibrant and inclusive celebration. Highlights of this year’s Capital Pride include sporting events, a Rainbow Party, a family picnic, and the famous Pride Parade.

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Capital Pride Ottawa Canada © Ottawa Tourism
Capital Pride Ottawa Canada © Ottawa Tourism

Ottawa: Welcoming & Inclusive Canadian Capital

Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, isn’t just about politics and historical landmarks – it’s a thriving hub of LGBTQ+ life, consistently ranking among the most 2SLGBTQ+ friendly cities in Canada. The city’s progressive spirit is evident in its policies, with comprehensive protections for queer individuals in housing, employment, and services. Ottawa boasts a rich LGBTQ+ history, as the site of Canada’s first gay rights demonstration in 1971, commemorated by the vibrant “We Demand” mural in the heart of the “gayborhood” called Village.

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This historic neighborhood, spanning several blocks on Bank Street, is the epicenter of 2SLGBTQ+ life, brimming with queer-owned businesses, lively bars, and welcoming community spaces like Kind Space, a dedicated LGBTQ+ community center. Rainbow crosswalks and flags proudly display Ottawa’s commitment to inclusivity throughout the city, while annual events like Capital Pride Ottawa 2024 draw thousands to celebrate love and diversity. Whether exploring the city’s vibrant culinary scene, immersing yourself in the arts, or simply strolling through the charming streets, Ottawa’s warm embrace and unwavering acceptance make it a haven for LGBTQ+ travelers and locals alike.

“Our mission is to create opportunities to celebrate, advocate, educate and connect people, respecting the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.”

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Capital Pride 2024: A Celebration of Diversity

Capital Pride in Ottawa, established in 1986, is a vibrant celebration of the city’s diverse 2SLGBTQ+ community, held annually in August. This year’s edition, running from August 17th to 25th, 2024, promises a dynamic mix of festivities. The Capital Pride Parade, taking place on August 25th, is a highlight, drawing thousands to the streets in a colorful spectacle. Starting at 1 pm, more than 225 groups and over 10,000 community members turn the city’s streets into an ocean of rainbows. On Festival Weekend, the intersection of Bank Street and Somerset Street West, in the center of Ottawa’s “Gay Village”, becomes an entertainment hub with live music, a community fair and a beer garden. From its historical roots to its modern-day celebrations, Capital Pride 2024 in Ottawa continues to be a beacon of love, acceptance, and progress in Canada and North America.

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Queer-friendly businesses in Ottawa’s Village

During our travels around the world, we like to support queer-owned or outspoken, queer-friendly businesses. Naturally, we are delighted to read about Ottawa’s vibrant 2SLGBTQ+ scene, which we want to highlight at this point. The focus is set on the Centretown stretch of Bank Street, just south of Parliament Hill, unmistakably recognizable by the rainbow-colored crosswalk, a testament to the area’s LGBTQ+ history and culture. Important locations and moments in the history of Ottawa’s 2SLGBTQ+ community have occurred in this part of Ottawa, leading to the official designation of Ottawa’s Village in 2011. Ottawa Tourism, a proud Rainbow Registered organization, is dedicated to promoting and supporting these and numerous other LGBTQ+ friendly establishments:

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Satisfy your sweet tooth at Little Jo Berry’s, a Wellington West haven for vegan treats lovingly crafted by a queer and non-binary entrepreneur. Embark on a two-wheeled adventure with Escape Bicycle Tours, a 2SLGBTQ+ owned company offering unique perspectives on the city’s landmarks and hidden gems. In the bustling ByWard Market, Milk Shop Ottawa showcases a curated collection of clothing, accessories, and gifts by local queer artists. For a delectable dining experience, head to Parlour in Westboro, where culinary creativity meets a welcoming atmosphere. If you’re seeking a truly personalized piece of art, In Bloom Tattoo Co. in downtown Ottawa provides trauma-informed tattooing in a safe and inclusive space, led by queer and trans artists.

Travel tips for 2SLGBTQ+ travelers

With Canada legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide in 2005, the capital city reflects the country’s progressive values and legal protections for queer individuals. Therefore, we got some tips for your trip to Canada’s capital. Begin your journey in the Village on Bank Street, a hub known for its diverse businesses and lively nightlife. Explore the city’s rich queer history at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, a treasure trove of documents and artifacts. During Capital Pride in August, the city erupts in celebration with parades, festivals, and community events. For resources and support, Kind Space serves as a valuable 2SLGBTQ+ community center. Throughout the year, Ottawa’s welcoming hotels, like the ARC Hotel and the Lord Elgin, offer comfortable and inclusive accommodations. Embrace Ottawa’s open arms and discover a city where love and diversity are celebrated.

Canadian capital Ottawa in summer © Ottawa Tourism
Canadian capital Ottawa in summer © Ottawa Tourism

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Supporting LGBTQ+ winter events in Canada ©

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