Why you should go to Toronto !

With a population of over 2 million people, Toronto is the most populous city in Canada and is home to the biggest LGBTQ population in the country. Not only does Canada draw a large number of LGBTQ visitors year-round to it's queer friendly neighborhoods and events, but it attracts over a million LGBTQ people and allies each summer to its Pride event alone.

Toronto is widely known for being an LGBTQ friendly city to live in and to visit. The Gay Village, located at and around the intersection of Church St. and Wellesley St. near downtown Toronto, is home to many gay bars, drag shows, an LGBTQ community center and the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Archives. While The Gay Village has historically been where the gay community in Toronto has resided, today the queer district has expanded to most of Toronto's West End. Toronto's West End, particularly Queen St. West and Ossington Avenue, features a variety of queer-friendly bars, cutting-edge boutiques and trendy art galleries.

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Lots of great LGBT businesses to support in Toronto.

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Getting around

Toronto's public transportation system is the third largest transit system in North America.  The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), is reliable, quick, and the preferred method of movement for many Torontonians. The TTC links buses, subway, and streetcars for  $3 CAD each ride or The TTC Day Pass costs $11.50 and gives you unlimited one-day travel on all regular TTC services. Many people in Toronto drive cars, however parking can be expensive ($3 CAD each half hour in some parts of the city) and traffic is quite slow during rush hour (8:00am to 9:00pm, and 3:30pm to 7:00pm) and during winter storms. The standard rate for car rentals is around $50 a day.
Toronto's downtown core is easy to walk around and many people bike all over the city during the spring, summer, and fall months. Bike Share Toronto is a brilliant and surprisingly affordable option for visiting cyclists. You can purchase 24-Hour or 72-Hour Passes from any Bike Share Toronto station kiosk using a credit card. The best part ? Trips under 30 minutes are free during your Membership or Pass period at no additional cost. You will receive a Ride Code to unlock a bicycle and begin a trip. Ride Codes are good for only one trip. For subsequent trips during your 24-Hour or 72-Hour Pass period, swipe your credit card at a kiosk to receive a new Ride Code at no extra cost. 24-Hour Access Pass: $7; 72-Hour Access Pass: $15; Monthly Plan $18.
The subway/RT hours of operation on weekdays and Saturdays are approximately 6:00 am to 1:30 am, and Sunday service approximately 9:00 am to 1:30 am.
You can access all route schedules from the TTC's website and the best way to navigate the robust bus system is to use Triplinx, the regional trip planner.
Look for the light - taxis in Toronto are lit up when available.  Taxis are one of the more expensive ways to navigate the city but they are super convenient if you don't have the energy to navigate a new city.  Toronto's current fares are $4.25 upon entry and $0.25 for every 0.143 km and every 29 seconds of waiting time. Toronto City Council voted to overhaul the city's taxi system so keep us posted on your experience.

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