Quebec Rainbow Guide 2016-2017

Free-living and so much fun-loving Quebec

Guide Arc-en-ciel Quebec Rainbow Guide
Quebec Rainbow Guide
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Looking for a little joie de vivre? It's everywhere in Québec. Some openness? We're overflowing with it! An avant-garde society, Québec was one of the first jurisdictions in the world to outlaw any form of discrimination towards homosexual persons. Moreover, same-sex couples can legalize their status as a couple by emarrying or ntering into a civil union. And Quebec law grants same-sex couples the right to adopt children.

Gay and lesbian communities throughout the world enjoy the ambiance of freedom and safety that prevails here. Québec bewitches its visitors with its extraordinary cities, its fabulous festivals, its fine dining and countless boutiques... not to mention its colourful nightlife! Montréal, the second-largest French-speaking city in the world, has a sizeable gay district: the Village. Nightclubs, restaurants and boutiques catering specifically to a gay clientele abound, as do a large number of hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Journée CommunautaireIn Québec, we sure like to party, and the gay community is no different from the rest! In August, amid a carnival atmosphere, nearly a million people gather in the streets of Montréal for the city's annual gay and lesbian Pride festival. Historic Québec City hosts its own gay pride festival, Fierté Québec. In October, the Black & Blue Festival attracts tens of thousands of gay visitors to Montréal with its program of sixty different events, including one of the biggest raves in the world. In November, image + nation, Montréal's international gay and lesbian film and video festival—the oldest and largest of its genre in Canada—showcases lots of interesting films. The first World OutGames were held in Montréal in 2006. Nearly 12,000 participants from numerous countries came to compete in sporting and cultural events.

Place des Festivals - Quartier des spectacles

CampingNature is just a hop, skip and a jump from Québec's major cities
Not far from Montréal, the Laurentides and Eastern Township regions are home to resort spots and large ski centres. In every region, huge parks provide the perfect setting for you to take part in numerous outdoor activities that are as varied as the passing seasons. The majestic St. Lawrence River, which cuts through Québec, is ideal for incredible cruises. After an activity-filled day, you'd prefer to spend the night in an establishment that caters specifically to a gay clientele? Certain hotels and campgrounds in Québec do just that. You'll find a selection of them inside this 17th edition of the Quebec Rainbow Guide (Guide Arc-en-ciel).

Bonne bouffeGourmet delights
Québecers have always placed great importance on fine dining. Solidly based in French cuisine, Québec's gastronomic identity also draws on a unique combination of influences—Aboriginal know-how, British traditions, ethnic flavours—underscored by lots of creative flair! Most regions in Québec boast a regional speciality or two. For example, Montérégie is known for its exceptional ciders, while the Bas-Saint-Laurent produces superb smoked fish. The tourtière and soupe aux gourganes (broad bean soup) of Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean are known far and wide, and artisanal cheesemaking is breaking new ground in Charlevoix. The Îles-de-la-Madeleine serve up a very tasty pot-en-pot, a type of seafood or scallop and potato pot pie; the Gaspésie region's pâté au saumon or salmon pie is not to be missed; and Côte-Nord cuisine is based around fish and seafood from the local waters.

Montréal Complètement CirqueThe creative impulse
By reason of its history and culture, Québec has forged a unique and unaffected personality. Québecers enjoy fine dining and having a good time, as can be seen from the very busy calendar of festivals and other events. As a place where both European and North American cultural influences play out, Québec has long been typified by an incredibly fertile creative energy and cultural vitality—as evidenced by its literature, theatrical productions, paintings, sculpture, and arts and crafts. The numerous festivals that take place each year showcase the tremendous quality of Québec's cultural output, not to mention the close ties that bind its creative artists with those elsewhere in the world.

Deeply rooted in the soil of North America and fiercely proud of its French heritage, Québec is a delightful blend of the Old and New World. Its enthusiastic and friendly people are known for their passion, spontaneity and unique joie de vivre. French is the language used by the majority of Québecers, although English is spoken or understood almost everywhere in the province, particularly in the large urban centres. Québec’s dual Catholic/Protestant heritage can be seen everywhere you look, especially in its religious architecture and art. Over the years, many other groups from around the world have arrived to complete the religious tapestry, joining the descendants of the French and English settlers who came before them. Québec has a population of more than eight million people, the vast majority of whom live in the vicinity of the St. Lawrence River. Nearly 70,000 Amerindians, belonging to 10 different nations, along with 9,000 Inuit, live in approximately 50 villages spread throughout the territory of Québec.


Consult or dowload the 17th édition of Quebec Rainbow Guide (Guide arc-en-ciel)