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 Atlantic, Canada 

Canada’s east coast region, also known as the Maritimes, is made up of the provinces of Newfoundland/ Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. This historic and culturally diverse region includes stunning parks, spectacular beaches, national historic sites, and the highest concentration of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Canada.

Close to two and a half million people call this region home, spread out over rugged coastlines, scenic islands, pine forests, and delightful cities. Picture postcard perfect lighthouses dot the landscape, and some of the best seafood in the world on offer at all ports of call, are just some of the reasons to visit this dynamic region.

The rainbow flag also proudly flies throughout major cities, as well as in some of the delightful smaller urban centres throughout the summer months. Rainbow crosswalks are starting to appear where you may not expect them, and it can be an added delight to schedule a visit to coincide with one of regions LGBTQ+ Pride celebrations. Check out festivities in Halifax, Sydney, Amherst, Yarmouth, St. John’s, St. John, Moncton, Fredericton, Charlottetown and Summerside, among others.

Charlottetown
Celebrated as the Birthplace of Confederation, as a result of the Charlottetown Conference back in 1864, historic Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, is a popular international tourist and cruise ship destination.

A year-round schedule of events at the stylish Confederation Centre of the Arts, the 2020 Charlottetown Festival, fabulous golf courses, and easy access to stunning beaches with the warmest salt water bathing north of Florida, are also why hundreds of thousands of visitors, and close to seventy major international cruise ships will visit Charlottetown in 2020. To accommodate this influx of international visitors, Charlottetown offers a wide array of accommodation, amenities and services, and a thriving culinary scene, comparable to larger cities in other parts of the world. . 

The Pride PEI Festival, which is now a signature summer event, will celebrate its 26th year of festivities in 2020. To highlight this celebration, starting in 2016 the City of Charlottetown painted four rainbow crosswalks at one of the busiest intersections downtown, as an outreach to the LGBTQ+ community. Naturally, this was welcomed by the local community, but also impressed many visiting tourists, who were pleasantly surprised. Pride PEI Festival 2020 takes place July 26 to August 2.

Resources:
discoverhalifaxns.com/plan/lgbtq-resources
gay.hfxns.org
www.facebook.com/PridePEI 
www.discovercharlottetown.com/events/pei-pride-festival 
www.halifaxpride.com 
www.fiertemonctonpride.ca 
www.facebook.com/frederictonpride 
www.stjohnspride.ca 
www.gaytourismpei.com  

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