Church and Wellesley

Church and Wellesley

The Village
  • Cultural & Historical
  • Food & drink
  • Neighborhood
Recommended for: Party Culture

Toronto's gay village dates back to the 19th and early 20th century when part of the neighborhood was owned by merchant Alexander Wood, known to be a homosexual and who has since been honored with a statue as a forefather of Toronto's gay community. Gay businesses began moving into the area but did not concentrate around a run-down Church Street until after the 1981 Operation Soap bathhouse raids. The mass arrest of 300 men represented a turning point for Toronto's LGBT community, sparking protests, riots and solidarity that spawned Pride Week which takes over Church and Wellesley every June. Neighborhood standbys include a number of bars like Woody's, Crews & Tango, Fly and the Black Eagle, the 519 Church Street Community Center and the AIDS Memorial in Barbara Hall Park.

Church Street, Toronto, ON, Canada

McGill Inn Bed and Breakfast

  • Bed & Breakfast
  • LGBTQ-friendly
Bond Place Hotel

  • Boutique hotel
  • LGBTQ-friendly
Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto

  • Luxury Hotel
  • LGBTQ-friendly
O'Grady's
0.3 km
O'Grady's

  • Pub
  • American
Marché Mövenpick Brookfield Place Street Level
The Pickle Barrel

  • Casual
  • International
Remington's Men of Steel

  • Show
  • For Men
Crews and Tangos
0.2 km
Crews and Tangos
2 reviews

  • Bar
  • LGBTQ
Woody's
0.2 km
Woody's

  • Bar
  • For Men