The capital of Alberta and the province's second-largest city, Edmonton has earned the nickname "Festival City" for its many annual events. It's only fitting that this city of about 750,000 has a sizable Gay Pride Week (said to be the fourth largest in Canada), which comprises a number of engaging events in the middle of the month of June. This year, Edmonton Gay Pride takes place from Friday, June 3, through Sunday, June 12, 2016.
Keep in mind that Edmonton Pride differs from many similar Pride weeks in that the main event, the parade and celebration, take place near the beginning of the week, on Saturday, June 4, not at the end.
The 2016 Edmonton Pride Parade will be returning to Old Strathcona, beginning at 108th Street and Whyte Avenue (82nd Avenue), and the procession will make its way east and then north to End of Steel Park, where the Festival will follow.
Edmonton Pride consists of numerous additional events throughout the week, including parties, church services, sports competitions, a PFLAG gathering, Queer History bus tours, a Laugh Outloud comedy show, Pride Youth events, and - on the final day of Pride Week, Sunday, there's typically a Mayor's Pride Brunch. In other words - lots to keep you busy.
Edmonton Gay Resources
You can bet that restaurants, hotels, and shops will be extra busy during this busy time, and catering heavily to LGBT visitors.
Check local gay resources, such as the ERBA (the Edmonton Rainbow Business Association) and Gay Calgary Magazine, which has plenty of information on Edmonton, for details. Also check out Travel Gay Canada's online directory on Alberta, which has extensive information on Edmonton's gay scene; and for tourism information, the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation.