Vancouver is home to the largest gay population in Western Canada. There are two main neighbourhoods identified with gay culture, the West End and Commercial Drive, both areas offering a range of restaurants, cafés, bars and pubs, shops and boutiques catering to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) customers. In the West End and Commercial Drive and throughout Vancouver, gay-friendly businesses often identify themselves with rainbow flag decals.
Festival & Events
This year marks the 35th anniversary of Vancouver Pride Parade and it's going to be the biggest parade of the summer. Events include Gay Day at Playland, Picnic in the Park, Pride in Art, and finishing with the Pride Parade & Festival.
With its wildly popular annual gay-pride parade and with nearby Whistler hosting Winter Pride gay ski week, Vancouver boasts an international reputation as a gay-friendly city. Adding same-sex marriage to the mix - which became legalized in B.C. in 2003 and an option for both locals and visitors alike – only heightens the city’s appeal. Couples getting married don’t even need to be residents of Canada; a marriage license and a civil ceremony are the only requirements to become legally married in Vancouver.
Whether you opt for an elaborate gay wedding, a more private intimate affair by the sea, on top of a mountain, on our Pool Terrace or in one of our hotel suites, Pan Pacific Vancouver and Vancouver BC is a great place to exchange vows.
Our Catering Events Team can assist you with your special arrangements for this special occasion.
TAG (Travel Alternatives Group) is an initiative of Community Marketing in San Francisco, approving hotels based on recognized Gay-Friendly standards and criteria.