By SHERI RADFORD
The Really Gay History Tour led by Glenn Tkach
To Nov. 2019 It’s hard to miss Glenn Tkach. Dressed head to toe in pink, he leads groups around downtown and the West End on The Really Gay History Tour. He tells the wild history of Vancouver’s LGBTQ2+ community, from outrageous drag queens to the gayest beer parlour in town. The tour celebrates gay pride but doesn’t shy away from Vancouver’s less-than-perfect past, including police raids and bookstore bombings. Forbidden Vancouver runs the tour on Sundays until Nov., plus every day during Pride (to Aug. 7).
By SANAM ISLAM
Foodlab, a stop on the Local Montreal tour (Photo: Sébastien Roy)
Bored of the CN Tower and Parliament Hill? Already seen Mont-Royale and the Vancouver skyline? If you’ve been to the usual tourist spots and want to explore new sights the next time you travel or you’re simply looking to rediscover your city, check out our list of unique tours across the country that are guaranteed to give you a fresh perspective.
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By SHANNON KELLY
West Edmonton Mall (Photo: courtesy West Edmonton Mall)
You know the ones: they have lines around the block, tacky souvenirs for sale, overpriced everything and/or locals warning you to stay away because they’re tourist traps. We beg to differ. These attractions and events may be big, bold, brassy and firmly marked on every tourist map, but they’re also unique experiences not to be missed. Plus, they’re just plain fun, if you don’t let a too-cool-for-school attitude get in the way. (more…)