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Address: Berri St east to Papineau St, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Neighborhood encompassing St. Catherine East and its side streets, home to...

Neighborhood encompassing St. Catherine East and its side streets, home to Montreal's gay and lesbian community.

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Tolerance at its best

Our tour bus drove us by and we drove back ourselves late afternoon, early evening. Lots of restaurants and bars. Some shopping. And, yes, quite a few closed storefronts. Nice... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 September 2016
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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

My husband and I go on a small getaway each year for my birthday, whether it be Edmonton, Banff, Toronto, Niagara, New York, or my favourite city, Montreal. Seeing how my birthday falls in March the seasons are just starting to change - limiting the full experiences to be shared. Though it was a cold month the gay village of... More 

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Cobourg, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

We have visited many times over the years but this summer what a change. So many shops and restaurants closed on St. Catherines Street and very few people on a long weekend! Even the most popular gay bars were only half full. Of course as in many big cities there are the usual riff raff of druggies and down and... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Our tour bus drove us by and we drove back ourselves late afternoon, early evening. Lots of restaurants and bars. Some shopping. And, yes, quite a few closed storefronts. Nice place for a walk, and people watching. Not just for gays. As a hetero-couple, we were comfortable and didn't stand out as the only heteros. Come for a meal, a... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

The most celebrated part of Montreal outside the Old City, is the Le Vilage, where the gays reside. Because it's on the west side of town, most people speak French. There are pink and rainbows flags adorning almost every building. St Catherine Street bisects the community and is just for pedestrians. And there are splendid shops and cafes, with streamers... More 

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

I love the gay village specially in summer the street becomes a walking street and it's all terraces and restaurants. It's a very nice walk after the fireworks and you can also enjoy a dinner before the fireworks. Since I know that gay villages don't exist in certain countries and some people never been to any of these: it's a... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

It had been many years since we had been to Montreal and explored the gay village. Montreal is a very gay-friendly city. However, since acceptance has grown, the gay community now is found all over Montreal instead of how it was in the past when gays were mainly concentrated in the village. The acceptance is a great thing, but the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Tons of bars and restaurants! The street is pedestrian only in the summer, so it is great for strolling. The rooftop bar at The Complexe has great views.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

We took a walk through one of the streets. It was colorful and a nice walk. We would recommend a visit.

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Utica, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

Easy to find area of Montreal, on St Catherine after the high fashion stores, festooned with pink balls. Great place for a coffee, window shopping, people watching.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

There is so much to see, just love the atmosphere hear...there is so many nice bars, and places to eat, I can recommend this place to everyone, no matter there sexual preferences... I'll be back for sure

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The Village (Gay Village)
The rainbow pillars of Beaudry Métro Station shepherd the way into to The Village, one of the largest hubs for gay and lesbian culture in North America. With an open layout and a congenial aura, the refurbished buildings along Rue Sainte-Catherine pay a special homage to menswear and to caffeine, with showrooms and cafes. By morning, the antiquing gems along Amherst Street are packed with collectors. An incredible party spot, The Village comes alive at night, when clubs, bars, and dance halls open their doors and the revelry is high, epitomised by the fanciful trimmings of the apropos Oscar Wilde building. From May to September, the area closes to automotive traffic, allowing restaurant terraces to pour onto the streets, creating a dynamic sense of community. Les Boules Roses, thousands of pink baubles, are hung to welcome in the festivals and celebrations, including Montréal en Arts, Divers-Cité, and the Pride Parade.
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