With ever growing festivities, programming and services available to support the LGBTQ+ community, we’ll continue to strive to make Ottawa a safe and acceptable place for everyone.
Here are 11 businesses you need to check out, that have been founded, are run by or owned by members of the queer community in Ottawa:
Products or services:
1. Flowers Talk-Tivoli: florist & plant shop (in-store and online options)
Serving the Ottawa community for over 35 years, this flower and plant shop creates some of the most beautiful floral arrangements.
With a range of services from floral subscriptions, workshops, weddings and a variety of plants and pots, they have something for everyone.
2. In Bloom Tattoo Collective: trauma-informed tattoo & piercing shop
Striving to be an inclusive, accessible and safer space in Ottawa, In Bloom Tattoo Collective puts clients’ safety and comfort at the forefront of their experience.
3. Astrid Park: off-grid camper motel experience
Currently hosting guests in Pakenham, this business founded by two friends wanted to facilitate good times with good company in a safe, sustainably-focused space.
It is a great option for a staycation near Ottawa, to get some time outside and unplug from day-to-day life.
4. Stroked Ego: men’s fashion & accessories
Founded in 2009 with a goal to bring more variety to the Ottawa retail sector, Stroked Ego became a carefully curated one-stop shop for the modern man.
They offer monthly subscriptions for specific products, as well as accessories, personal grooming and clothing.
5. luck and lavender studio: art, apparel & accessories
You might’ve seen Creator, KJ, at our local artisanal market displaying their adorable prints, accessories and apparel.
KJ’s work is unapologetic and features floral drawings combined with darker imagery like skulls and swords, showcasing feminist and 2SLGBTQ+ mantras.
Food or drinks:
6. Bridgehead Coffee: delicious, fairtrade specialty coffee (queer founded)
Since its launch 40 years ago, Bridgehead made a commitment to support sustainable farmers worldwide and create a safe space for them to sell their products, and continues to uphold that commitment to this day.
Consider it your next stop for a high-quality, delicious drink!
7. The Lookout Bar: the best drag shows & energetic nightclub
The Lookout Bar and Nightclub is Ottawa’s most popular LGBTQ+ and all-welcoming bar located in the heart of the Byward Market.
You can often hear the cheers and singing along the fiery Drag shows hosted inside, it’s where you can find the best Drag talents in Ottawa!
8. T’s Pub: pub fare, good drinks & karaoke nights
Another great option for a fun night out, T’s Pub hosts weekly Drag shows and karaoke nights (truly the best of both worlds)!
But, if you’re looking for something more relaxed, you can also check out their patio during the day to enjoy comfort food and good drinks.
The perfect place to learn how to play or join a weekly league, the Gay Ottawa Volleyball organization is open to all levels of experience!
They also hold an annual beach volleyball tournament to kick off summer called Volleyballooza, keep an eye out for it next year!
Another sports league open to all levels of experience, the Ottawa Pride Hockey league organizes pick up games for everyone to hone in on their skills and have fun!
They make it a safe and welcoming experience whether you’d like to try something new or socialize.
One of the best ways to explore Ottawa is through all of the scenic bike paths, what better way to do that than join a community bike club!
This low commitment activity allows you to get active, meet new people and just have fun!
Keep an eye out for Pride Month activities and year round programming through organizers and leaders such as Capital Pride!