Canada’s east coast region, also known as The Maritimes, is made up of the provinces of Newfoundland/ Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. This historic and culturally diverse region includes stunning parks, spectacular beaches, national historic sites, and the highest concentration of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Canada.
Close to two and a half million people call this region home, spread out over rugged coastlines, scenic islands, pine forests, and delightful cities. Picture postcard perfect lighthouses dot the landscape, and some of the best seafood in the world on offer at all ports of call, are just some of the reasons to visit this dynamic region.
The rainbow flag also proudly flies throughout major cities, as well as in some of the delightful smaller urban centres throughout the summer months. Rainbow crosswalks are starting to appear where you may not expect them, and it can be an added delight to schedule a visit to coincide with one of regions LGBTQ+ Pride celebrations. Check out festivities in Halifax, Sydney, Amherst, Yarmouth, St. John’s, St. John, Moncton, Fredericton, Charlottetown and Summerside, among others.
Halifax, the capital of the province of Nova Scotia and largest city on Canada’s Atlantic coast, is home to a thriving 2SLGBTQ+ community.
Halifax has a well-developed LGBTQ+ infrastructure and is home to Canada’s fourth largest LGBTQ cultural festival, Pride Parade and Community Fair. Halifax Pride began in 1988 and expectations are that over 150,000 participants will join in the Halifax Pride Festival, which takes place JULY 20-30, 2023
In 2023 Halifax will also be the host city for the Unison Festival, which is a weekend choral festival featuring Canada’s 2SLGBTQIA+ choruses. Every four years 22 choruses from across the country gather in a different location in Canada to celebrate a weekend of performances. The Women Next Door and the Halifax Gay Men’s Chorus will be the host choruses this year and between 600 and 1000 attendees are expected.
Visit Discover Halifax’s 2SLGBTQ+ pages for information and links to events, resources, allied businesses, Pride, Marriage and more.