With its growing arts scene, convenient setting at the western edge of Lake Ontario (just an hour's drive southwest of Toronto, which holds its Pride later in June, and an hour's drive northwest of Buffalo, New York, which holds its Pride celebration in early June), and sizable LGBT community, the city of Hamilton (population 520,000) hosts one of the largest Gay Pride celebrations in Ontario. Hamilton Gay Pride encompasses a full week of activities in mid-June.
2016 Pride details were not available as of this writing; check back here for updates. In the meantime, here's a look at last year's festivities:
Pride Hamilton festivities kicked off with an opening Pride Pool Party at Cedars Campground on Sunday and continued with a Pride Kickoff show that night at Embassy Nite Club, a favorite gay bar in Ontario. Then throughout the week, gatherings included a Pride Flag Raising at City Hall, an AIDS Candlelight Vigil, workshops on topics ranging from Queer Disabilities to Positive Parenting, a variety of socials and activities (bowling, board games), a Let It Glow Party, a Pride Art Showcase, and much more.
On the biggest day of Hamilton Pride, Saturday, a Red Umbrella Day: National Day of Action took place at Jackson Square, along with a Queer Slow Dance, and a Pride Night event. Here's a full schedule of Hamilton Gay Pride events.
Hamilton Gay Resources
Have a glance at local gay papers and websites, such as Xtra Toronto, for details - Toronto-based IN Magazine is another terrific and informative resource. For more comprehensive information on visiting the city, check out the excellent travel site produced by Hamilton Tourism.