Gay and Lesbian travelers have long known Vancouver as a prime destination for gay-friendly fun and excitement. The largest gay population in Western Canada lives in this ocean-wrapped and snow-capped city. Vancouver's gay community is centered around two distinctly different neighbourhoods; the West End and Commercial Drive.
A high-density residential neighbourhood in the heart of downtown, the West End is an engaging mix of retirees, immigrants, urban youth and gay residents. The epicentre of the scene is the stretch of Davie Street between Burrard and Jervis, known as Davie Village with its cluster of cafes, casual eateries, pubs, nightclubs and shops offering designer clothing and sleek housewares. The beautiful beaches of English Bay are also popular attractions in this area. For more information, please visit: www.westendbia.com
Commercial Drive, known locally as "The Drive", is a popular neighbourhood for Vancouver's thriving lesbian community. This funky, East side neighbourhood is packed with reasonably priced ethnic restaurants, cafes, shops and services. The Drive can be easily accessed by car and transit. For more information, please visit: www.thedrive.ca
Vancouver is also home to a variety of gay and gay-friendly bars, pubs, cabarets and nightclubs. Whether you're looking for a candlelight dinner or a night on the town, Vancouver will satisfy all your cravings. For a comprehensive list of nightlife establishments, visit Gayvan.com or GayVancouver.Net.