Early September happens to be a wonderful time to visit French Canada's second-largest metropolis, thoroughly charming Quebec City, which has a population of about 550,000 and sits atop a bluff overlooking the St. Lawrence River. The leaves won't quite have begun changing color, but the late-summer days will likely be mild and pleasant. And for GLBT travelers, this is also the time to attend Fete Arc-en-Ciel de Quebec, the city's annual Gay Pride Festival. The celebration is over Labor Day Weekend, with the dates this year September 1 through September 4, 2016.
See the Mont-Tremblant and Laurentians Gay Guide for advice on planning a gay weekend getaway in the countryside.
Quebec City's Gay Pride celebration is anchored around Place d'Youville (at rues Saint-Jean and d'Youville, a short walk from many of the city's gay bars and gay-popular shops and restaurants, which are chiefly along Rue Saint-Jean just outside the gate to Old City. Here during the festival on Saturday and Sunday, during which colorful Rue Saint-Jean is closed off to automobile traffic, there's a main stage with entertainment (Friday through Sunday nights) and a variety of Pride festivities, including parties at Bar Le Drague and Bar St-Matthews, a rainbow-flag raising ceremony, a lesbian soiree, a family picnic, and so on.
You can download the official La Fete Arc-en-Ciel program and schedule here.
Quebec City Gay Resources
Be sure to visit the Quebec City Gay Hotels Guide for ideas about where to stay during your visit to this magical city.
The city's gay bars and gay saunas/bathhouses as well as gay-popular restaurants, hotels, and shops have special events and parties throughout Pride Week. Check helpful resources, such as Quebec City Tourism's travel Website and the About.com Montreal Guide, which covers traveling to Quebec City.