|The Village, The Gaybourhood, "Queens Park", Church and Wellesley, Molly Wood's Bush (historical)|
|Downtown TO, east of Yonge St. TTC: Wellesley, and walk one block east on Wellesley. The 94 Wellesley bus goes right through The Village, and stops at Ossington, Wellesley and Castle Frank stations.|
|Roughly stretches from Bloor St in the north to College St/Carleton St in the south, and from Yonge St in the west to Church in the east. The "focal point" of the neighbourhood is at the intersection of Church St and Wellesley St East.|
Dubbed “The Village” by locals, this predominantly gay neighbourhood in the heart of downtown is host to Canada's largest annual gay and lesbian Pride celebrations. Check out the many bars, shops and restaurants, walk the strip or simply enjoy a beverage on one of the many open-air patios.
Home to Canada's largest gay community, Toronto welcomes gay and lesbian visitors with a full slate of entertaining things to see and do year-round. While Toronto is home to more than 4 million people, the gay and lesbian village is nestled in the downtown core, centered around the intersection of Church and Wellesley Streets. The area is packed with cafés, restaurants, gay-oriented shops and a vast array of bars and hot nightspots.
The truth is, Toronto really is a great place to be gay. It's a safe city, with a vibrant, energetic LGBT community - one of the largest in North America. It's a remarkably varied community, and if you stay long enough you'll see it all - especially on a hot summer night. Vibrant eye-candy by day, Toronto's energy-drenched Village struts her best stuff by night, unveiling an irresistibly seductive mosaic of orientations, cultures, ages, shapes and sizes.
The main drag in the neighborhood is on Church, from just north of Wellesley to Carleton St, although retail stores generally "stop" at Alexander St. The retail strip is a lively area of the city, and features nightclubs, coffee shops, supermarkets and restaurants. Until it's cancellation, the Showtime TV series "Queer As Folk" filmed almostly entirely in The Village, and many of the area's attractions are visible in the show. Woody's/Sailor (a bar/club) is by far the most recognized name in the neighbourhood; Zelda's (a restaurant featuring drag shows and an annual Drag Idol competition) is also a fixture in the neighbourhood.
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