From North Bay to Manitoulin Island: Pride Adventures in Northern Ontario

Embark on a journey of inclusivity and celebration across Northern Ontario's beautiful landscapes and vibrant communities

Tourism in Northeastern Ontario has always been a major attraction for travellers from all over the world. The region is known for its breathtaking landscapes, pristine lakes, and stunning wilderness areas. But in recent years, the region has also become a hub for the 2SLGBT+ community, with five pride festivals held annually here. 

These five pride festivals offer an exciting opportunity for 2SLGBT+ travellers to explore Northeastern Ontario and celebrate their identities in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Here's a closer look at each of these festivals and what they have to offer:

North Bay

Photo courtesy of North Bay Pride

The North Bay Pride Festival is held in September and is one of the biggest 2SLGBT+ events in Northern Ontario. The festival is a celebration of the diverse and vibrant 2SLGBT+ community in North Bay and the surrounding areas. The festival features a parade, live music, drag performances, and a variety of family-friendly activities. The festival is also a great opportunity to explore the beautiful waterfront area of North Bay, which boasts stunning views of Lake Nipissing.


Sudbury Pride
Photo courtesy of the Sudbury Pride Facebook Page

The Sudbury Pride Festival is held in July and is another major event in Northern Ontario's 2SLGBT+ calendar. The festival features a wide range of activities and events, including a colourful parade through the heart of downtown Sudbury, live music performances, drag shows, dance parties, film screenings, art exhibits, and educational workshops. Visitors can also enjoy delicious food and drinks from local vendors, and connect with community organizations and businesses that support LGBTQ+ rights.


Photo courtesy of Timmins Pride

The Timmins Pride Festival is held in June and is another great addition to Northern Ontario's 2SLGBT+ festival scene. The festival is a celebration of the 2SLGBT+ community in Timmins and the surrounding areas and features a vibrant parade, lively drag shows, and a variety of community events.  This festival is more than just a party - it's a safe and supportive community for all LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies.

West Nipissing

Photo courtesy of West Nipissing Pride Facebook

The West Nipissing Pride festival is held in Sturgeon Falls in June and is a celebration of the 2SLGBT+ community in the West Nipissing area. Get ready for a weekend filled with exciting events, including live music, drag shows, comedy acts, and more. Taste the local flavours and savour the delectable cuisine from the region's best food trucks and vendors. 

Manitoulin Island

Photo courtesy of Pride Manitoulin Facebook

The Manitoulin Island Pride festival is held in August and is a celebration of the 2SLGBT+ community on Manitoulin Island, which is the largest freshwater island in the world. The festival features a parade, live music, and a variety of community events. Manitoulin Island is a great destination for outdoor recreation, with several hiking trails, beaches, and camping sites available for visitors.

In conclusion, Northeastern Ontario is a great destination for 2SLGBT+ travellers, with several pride festivals and other events that provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone. Whether you're interested in exploring the region's natural beauty, its diverse cultural heritage, or simply connecting with others in the community, Northeastern Ontario has something to offer.

We encourage you to explore these destinations and experience the vibrancy and diversity of the 2SLGBT+ community in Northeastern Ontario.

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