As the northern neighbor of the United States, it makes sense that Canada would be a popular tourist destination for those looking to experience another country, but may not be ready to cross an ocean. Lucky for us, there's so many more reasons to visit Canada than the stereotypical maple syrup and winter sports (although, those are great, too!).
Canada has a history of being LGBT-friendly, having passed same-sex marriage legislation back in 2005 (making it the fourth country in the world to do so) and becoming a hotspot for gay marriages before it became legal in the United States ten years later, in 2015. And can we talk about Justin Trudeau for a moment? Prime Ministers have never looked so good!
So, since Canada is such a great place to visit, it's time to decide where to stay. How about some LGBT-friendly options? Here are some of our favorites:
This adorable boutique hotel is located in the heart of Canmore, Alberta. The cozy rooms offer unparalleled views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and guests can enjoy cooking classes, live music and more. Perfect for a romantic getaway!
This little cabin is truly a "home away from home." The space is big enough for a family of four, without being overwhelming for a couple. You'll have everything you need: kitchen, Wi-Fi, even access to the amazing Jasper National Park! So pack your hiking shoes and get ready for an adventure.
Thinking more along the lines of a bread and breakfast? Then Toronto Garden Inn is your spot. The Victorian home was built in the 1890s, and the antique furniture gives this bed and breakfast a truly authentic feel. Plus, you're never far from the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto, just in case you want to keep things interesting!
No matter the time of year, there's always something to enjoy at the Ottawa Valley retreat. Complete with inn, restaurant and spa, there's really nothing you can't do to unwind and relax. And your location right next to Golden Lake gives you endless options for outdoor adventures, relaxation and exploring.
Of course, a trip to Canada wouldn't be complete without a trip to a hot springs! Head to Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, just an hour and a half from Vancouver. There you'll find Harrison Beach Hotel. And you can even bring your furry friend -- oh, and your pets!
If elegance and sophistication is more your style, try Crystal's View B&B in Vancouver. With romance, tour and celebration packages available, you hardly need an excuse to treat yourself to this Canadian gem.
Part hotel part art gallery, this colorful hotel is sure to satisfy your itch for culture and fine accommodations. Not only is The Listel considered "Vancouver's most art-full hotel," it's also known for its eco-friendly practices and farm-to-table culinary delights.
Are you ready to take a plane, train or automobile to our great northern neighbor? With plenty of LGBT-friendly accommodations like these, what are you waiting for?