Population: 1.1 million
Ottawa is the capital city of Canada and an open, welcoming place for queer visitors. Its vibrant cultural scene - featuring engaging museums and galleries and enticing year-round festivals - is matched only by its accessible natural setting. Enjoy diverse recreational opportunities just minutes from exceptional dining and shopping. Its relaxed urban vibe is expressed in both English and French, whether it's cycling along the Rideau Canal - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - or exploring the ByWard Market neighbourhood, home to a farmers' market by day and over 120 places to eat and drink at night. Stop by Parliament Hill, the seat of Canada's federal government as well as the site of the first-ever public march for gay and lesbian rights in Canada, held on August 28, 1971.