Montreal boasts one of the most vibrant LGBTQ+ communities in North America. The progressive city offers one of Canada’s most famous gay neighborhoods, hosts a slew of events focused on the community and even hosted the first-ever World OutGames.
The mile-or-so stretch of Saint Catherine Street has been the heart of Montreal’s Gay Village since the 1970s and houses many of the most popular LGBTQ+ venues. It’s here you’ll find beloved bars like Le Stud, officially a “bear” bar but quite diverse in clientele, and Sky, easily the most popular multilevel gay bar in town.
Throughout the year there are also plenty of gay-themed festivals to attend. Fierte Montreal Pride is the city’s Pride event hosted every August, while Black & Blue Festival is a gay electronic dance festival hosted during Canadian Thanksgiving. There’s also Igloo Fest, the Image+Nation Gay Film Festival and Festival TransAmériques.
To fill your stomach, make sure to check out the delicious treats at O-Thym. Brunch and dinner are BYOB, but they’re happy to supply an incredible menu of inventive cuisine. There’s also La Dînette à Mado, situated to the famous cabaret with the same name. It offers an impressive array of burgers, chili and steak-frites.
If you’re in need of accommodations, look no further than La Loggia Art & Breakfast. This cozy boutique bed and breakfast is only two blocks away from the Ste. Catherine pedestrian mall and offers a comfortable stay surrounded by local artwork. Or opt for Sir Montcalm, an urban-chic B&B just moments from Beaudry Metro station and the Place des Arts.
It’s one of a traveler’s worst nightmares to stay in a hotel where the beds are infested with bed bugs. These tiny creatures aren’t always visible to the naked eye, but they can completely ruin a vacation and leave hotel guests itching and scratching for weeks. Here are a few ways to ensure where you lay your head at night isn’t also where bed bugs lay their own.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
The idea of secret pockets in travel gear was once about waist wallets lying flesh on your stomach and awkward inner pockets. The location not only made it impossible for pickpockets to get to but also travelers trying to access their passports and cash. Other travel clothes promise to deter pick-pocketers but are also difficult to manage the bulky inner pockets while exploring.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
The TSA's ever-changing rules of shoes on or off, liquids and more are confusing to even savvy travelers. The rule of thumb is to stay flexible to anything reasonable the TSA asks and avoid bringing anything obviously off-limits like sharp objects including nail clippers and nail files. However, the TSA is relaxing its hands-on stance on laptops and liquids with the help of new scanning machines.