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Ottawa Pride Fierte dans la Capitale 2022
Ottawa Pride takes place each year during the third week of August hosting a diverse celebration across the city’s parks, streets, clubs, bars and LGBT friendly businesses.
Highlights of “Capital Pride”, as it is officially known, include sporting events, a Rainbow Party, a family picnic and the always-popular Pride Parade. Visitors can choose from a dozen signature events and more than 50 community events during the week long festival. Rainbow flags will be raised at six city buildings in Ottawa, including the Ottawa Fire Services, and Ottawa Paramedic Service. Hotels in the gay village book up well in advance for pride and other events in the city, so plan ahead.
Weekday Pride Events
- Pride flag-raising ceremony will take place at Ottawa City Hall on Monday at noon, and at Gatineau City Hall at 10 a.m.
- National Arts Centre will host a speaker series at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. A human rights vigil, also at the NAC, will follow at 8 p.m.
- Block Party kicks off at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Aberdeen Square in Lansdowne Park.
- Capital Pride Pageant takes place Thursday at the Delta City Centre Hotel, with doors opening at 6:45 p.m.
- Nature Nocturne’s “Pride edition” gets underway at the Museum of Nature on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Pride Prom at Sandy Hill Community Center starts around the same time.
The Ottawa Pride Gay Village & Street Fair
The intersection of Bank Street and Somerset Street West, the center of Ottawa’s Gay Village, becomes an entertainment hub with live music, a community fair and a beer garden.
- The street fair on Bank Street starts at noon on both Saturday and Sunday.
- Festivities for families will take place Sunday at 2 p.m.
- Performances on the TD Main Stage at Bank and Somerset streets begin at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Main Parade
- The Capital Pride Parade sets off at 1:30 p.m. Sunday from Bank and Gladstone streets, heading up Kent Street and Laurier Avenue W. before ending at Bank and Somerset streets.
Ottawa Pride is organized by Capital Pride creates opportunities to celebrate, advocate, educate and connect people, respecting the full diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Canada’s capital region.
Ottawa’s compact downtown offers easy access to world renown museums, beautiful art galleries, unique shops, fun tours, outdoor activities, great restaurants and fun entertainment. Ottawa is one of the oldest cities in North America and boasts many beautiful old streets, some with the original cobblestones lined with historic buildings as old as the 1700s. Many of these buildings have also been merged nicely with more historic architecture.
This is a city with hot humid summers and cold and crispy winters. Residents ski in the nearby hills and go skating on the Rideau canal, which usually freezes completely over. It is home to Winterlude, Bluesfest, The Canadian Tulip festival, the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival and Fringe Festival.
- In Ottawa gay life is centered around the downtown corner of Somerset and Bank Street. This area is also sometimes known as Centertown and has famous gay hangouts, clubs and restaurants. There are some other important clubs just off Bank on Somerset, and as far up as Sparks and Queen Streets towards the river. Make this your first stop in finding gay Ottawa.
- The trendy downtown ByWard Market area is full of cafes and boutiques, with over 80 places to eat listed on their website. The Glebe neighborhood of South Ottawa has maintained a strong and lively traditional main street, home to many one-of-a-kind shops.
- Stay at the Alt Hotel Ottawa just a short walk from all the gay bars and clubs in the neighborhood. Alternatively choose your own short term luxury apartment at SOHO Residences Lisgar
We have found hotels with good reviews that keep you close to all the action,
Gay Map of Ottawa
The Ottawa gay scene is is quite small and its easy to get from one bar to another
Video about Gay Ottawa
Exploring the Ottawa LBGTQ Community
Recommended Hotels in Ottawa
Ottawa is a big city but is very easy to navigate on foot. The gay is small and within easy walk to most of the hotels below.
5 Star – Central Location
Tea- and coffee-making facilities and a minibar are standard in every classically furnished room at Chateau Laurier Fairmont. All rooms include a work desk
4 Star, Location
Featuring an indoor pool, this non-smoking hotel offers a restaurant, bar, and free public WiF, a hot tub and fully equipped fitness centre & Squash Courts
The Metcalfe Hotel
4 Star – Great Amenities
Guest rooms includes a flat-screen TV with cable channels & pay-per-view. Free WiFi, there is a 24-hour fitness centre and an indoor pool with hot tub
The Business Inn
3 Star – Good Value
Guest room comes with a 46 cable TV with free movies & a computer/ printer. They also contain coffee-tea-facilities, a clothes steamer, iron & air purifier.