This metropolis on the West Coast of Canada is a haven for queers of all kind. They flock to the rainbow-painted crosswalks that have become fixtures and photo opps on Davie Street. They are beckoned by the bubblegum-pink bus stops and neon-lit gay bars serving up umbrella-topped drinks. This West End 'hood is the most colorful thing in Vancouver—even the tables and chairs that line the sidewalk have been bathed in pastels. On the other side of Vancouver, Commercial Drive —to locals, just "The Drive"—is becoming a major runner-up for the gayest vibes in town.
Gay Spa in Vancouver
Vancouver - Canada - Spartacus Gay Sauna Guide
Home Destinations North America Canada. That's right, they were all created in this super cool city located right on the far West coast of Canada. Vancouver is the capital of the British Columbia Province, famous for being one of the most diverse regions of Canada. Oh, and did we mention the part about Ryan Reynolds and Hayden Christensen?
Gay Sauna in St. John's
Thirty-five years after the raids, we head back into Toronto's bathhouses—and get breakfast. Follow the smell of chlorine down an alleyway in the Church-Wellesley Village, pass through a set of heavy metal doors and up a flight of stairs, and there is Steamworks. Go a few blocks south and there is Spa Xcess. There is the Oasis Aqualounge, which also markets itself to heterosexuals. But by and large, these are establishments by and for gay men, and they have always been so.
I'm nude, sitting in a men's only public sauna in downtown Vancouver, trying not to pass out from the extreme heat. In the hazy room are a handful of relaxed young dudes, an old, tattooed man, and an Eastern European with slicked-back hair and Ric Flair's skin. They wear wet towels around their necks and drink hot tea so they can sweat like Ted Striker in Airplane! He proceeds to glare right at me, sensing I'm a rookie, and tosses more water on the rocks to challenge my ability to take the heat. It's too hot.