Welcome to Gay and Lesbian Montreal

Montréal is inspiring, charming, exciting – and ideal for your next meeting. There’s a ton of great reasons why travellers love Montréal: for its cool Euro chic, gourmet food and five-star restaurants, legendary nightlife and impeccable sense of style. Then, of course, there are the people. Montrealers are a passionate bunch, renowned for their friendliness, creativity and charm. They like to live, laugh, talk, learn, explore and, ultimately, to share. So while Montréal serves up all the excitement of a major urban centre, it’s the vibe here—created from the constant bumping together of ideas, languages, attitudes, outlooks, tastes and styles—that makes it truly different. And that is what makes this charming island such an exciting discovery, time and time again.

A history of pride

Gay and lesbian travellers also love Montréal for its support of gay and lesbian rights, which is backed at both provincial and national levels. As far back as 1999, the province of Québec recognized same-sex unions, and in 2004, Canada became the third country in the world and the first in North America to recognize same-sex marriages. Over the years, Montréal’s history of pride has made it a one of the world’s most vibrant and popular LGBT destinations.

A city that has hosted many international-calibre LGBT events:

  • Montréal has been host city of the prestigious IGLTA Annual Convention, in 1998 and in 2007.
  • In 2006, guests from around the globe came here for the ground-breaking 1st World Outgames and International Conference on LGBT Human Rights.
  • The “Out for Business” Conference, held during the Outgames, resulted in the creation of the International Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (IGLCC) in Montréal, which held its 1st Annual Conference in the city in April 2008.
  • Thousands of singers from around the world met here in 2004 for the GALA Choruses Festival VII.
  • In 2003, the city welcomed the 22nd World Interpride Conference and the 10th Annual Convention of IAGLCWDC.

A major player on the LGBT travel scene:

  • In 2007, during the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) Annual Convention, the city received the Best International Destination Award from PlanetOut Inc. in recognition of its commitment to promoting gay and lesbian tourism.
  • In 2006, Montréal was voted the number one gay destination in Canada for American gay and lesbian travellers by the Travel Industry Association.
  • Since 1995, Tourisme Montréal, the destination’s CVB, has been actively pursuing the gay and lesbian market.
  • In 1998, Tourisme Montréal won the Editor’s Choice Award from Out & About in the category of Marketing and Tourism Development.

A Village that offers something fun for every traveller

Montréal’s gay community has played a major role in putting its vibrant Village at the top of LGBT destination lists. By day, this lively district buzzes with the business crowd; by night, it welcomes the party set, who come here for its great restaurants, multi-tiered bars and clubs and celebrated discotheques. In fact, the Village has been a major contributor to Montréal’s appeal, marking a first when it received the go-ahead from the municipal government to close its section of Sainte-Catherine Street to automobile traffic for the summer. It’s a bold move which has transformed this section of the city’s celebrated street into a huge open-air mall, great for strolling or relaxing on the brand-new terraces over dinner or a cocktail.

Serious fun matched by serious meetings savvy

Montréal’s flair for fun is matched by serious business acumen, not to mention infrastructures, original venues and wide range of accommodations to suit any taste and budget. A city-wide entertainment offering, event organization know-how and comprehensive meeting planning services contribute to the city’s enormous drawing power. Montréal offers an inspiring combination of Old World charm and New World energy, while Montrealers are relaxed, friendly and open. This city has all the ingredients you need to make your event a smashing success.

Let Tourisme Montréal help you with your event

To find out how Tourisme Montréal can help you organize your best meeting ever, click here to download our business brochure. You can submit your RFP to Gail Howell at or call Gail at (800) 230-0001.

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