Canada's East Coast is a fascinating region of UNESCO World Heritage sites, stunning parks and spectacular beaches. This was the first landing site for Viking warriors, with early Norse settlements starting in the tenth century, as well as Canada's first European settlers in the early- to mid-fifteenth century. The provinces of Newfoundland/ Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick make up this dynamic region.
Halifax, the largest urban centre in the region, is a major port city, university town, naval centre and the capital of the province of Nova Scotia. As the largest city on Canada's Atlantic coast, Halifax has a well-developed LGBTQ infrastructure and is home to Canada's fourth largest LGBTQ cultural festival, Pride Parade and Community Fair. Over 60,000 spectators and 1,400 parade participants joined in the festivities in 2012 as they celebrated 25 years.
Prince Edward Island will celebrate 15 years of the annual Pride PEI Festival in 2013, and a newly formed PEI Gay Tourism Association is looking at ways to make PEI a more gay-friendly tourism destination. What a great move to create awareness of this beautiful island, which is the birthplace of Canada.
New Brunswick Pride celebrations include Fierte Moncton Pride, Fredericton Pride and Port City Rainbow Pride in Saint John. Pride celebrations in all three cities include Flag- Raising ceremonies at their respective City Halls, Pride BBQ's, Pride Parties, Pride Parades, and more.
Saint John's Newfoundland celebrates Pride with a Flag- Raising at Memorial University, Saint John's campus, Trans Solidarity Day, Sexuality Unconference, BBQ & Patio Party, speaker series, and more.
On the business side of things, the Atlantic Rainbow Business Association, founded in 2004, was officially launched as an association in 2006, and offers networking opportunities for member businesses throughout the region.