"Legend has it that a sleeping giant calls Mont-Tremblant home. The last survivor of his kind, this mythical being is the ancestral protector of the fauna, the flora and the rivers. For thousands of years, his great wisdom was so revered and sought after that his descendants would return to Mont-Tremblant from far and wide every time he awoke from his slumber."
Follow clues left along the winding luminous paths until you reach the heart of the mountain where the giant is waiting.
Canada's statistical agency released the data on June 16 to create a "portrait" of the "demographic and social profile of Canada's diverse LGBTQ2+ communities" — however, much of the data "[focuses] on LGB Canadians (lesbian, gay, bisexual), since Statistics Canada has been collecting detailed information on these communities since 2003."
There were 72,880 same-sex couples in Canada in 2016, making up 0.9% of all couples in Canada.
StatsCan said half of those same-sex couples lived in the major cities of Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa–Gatineau.
Between 2006 and 2016, the number of same-sex couples in Canada increased by 60.7%, compared to an increase of 9.6% in "opposite-sex" couples.
StatsCan said the increase "may be reflective, at least in part, of growing awareness and acceptance of sexual diversity in Canada."
LGBTQ2S+ hate crimes are on the rise in Canada
According to StatsCan's 2018 survey, LGB+ Canadians were both more likely to report being "violently victimized" throughout their lives and more likely to have experienced "inappropriate behaviours in public and online" than non-queer Canadians.
In 2018, LGB+ Canadians were "twice as likely" as non-queer Canadians "to report experiencing inappropriate behaviours" in the 12 months prior to the survey:
in public: 57% versus 22% of non-queer Canadians
online: 37% versus 15% of non-queer Canadians
at work: 44% versus 22% of non-queer Canadians.
Violent hate crimes against LGB+ Canadians were on par with violent racially-charged hate crimes in 2018.
Of hate crimes that targeted sexual orientation, 53% were violent crimes.
In comparison, 27% of hate crimes targeting religion and 52% of hate crimes targeting race or ethnicity were violent crimes, according to the data.
Further, according to StatsCan's 2018 survey, transgender Canadians were also more likely to report poorer mental health than cisgender Canadians.
They were also more likely to have "seriously contemplated suicide in their lifetimes."
Transgender Canadians were additionally more likely "to have been diagnosed with a mood or anxiety disorder" than cisgender Canadians.
The pandemic might have had a bigger effect on LGBTQ2S+ Canadians
StatsCan said that the LGBTQ2S+ population could have been "disproportionately affected" by job loss during the pandemic since a greater share of the communities' populations are between the ages of 15 and 24 — an age group whose employment levels "remains furthest from February 2020 levels."
LGBTQ2S+ Canadians also made less than their non-queer counterparts overall.
In 2018, 41% of LGBTQ2S+ Canadians "had a total personal income of less than $20,000" yearly, compared to 26% of non-queer Canadians.
In the same year, on average, queer income-earners in Canada made about 72% — $39,000 — of the average income of non-queer Canadians, at $54,000.
However, StatsCan noted that the income difference could partly be due to the large youth population in LGBTQ2S+ communities. Being enrolled in high school, CEGEPs or universities could reduce their potential income, the agency said.
In 2018, 33% of LGBTQ2S+ Canadians "found it difficult or very difficult to meet their needs in terms of transportation, housing, food, clothing, participation in some social activities and other necessary expenses," compared with just 27% of non-queer Canadians, according to StatsCan.
It's almost Valentine's Day and romance is in the air. While your plans this year won't include heading out to your favourite restaurant, you can indulge in a decadent meal right at home with your significant other (or yourself, if you're happily single).
Using Skip, you can order delicious food and enjoy free delivery across Quebec until March 31. In addition to supporting Montreal restaurants with this promo, you can also add a romantic flare by preparing a candlelight dinner with the convenience of food delivery.
To help you celebrate Valentine's Day with Skip, there are tons of great local restaurants right at your fingertips for a special evening with whomever you choose.
Ristorante Da Vinci
Address: 1180, rue Bishop, Montréal, QC
Why You Need To Order: If we're talking decadence, picture Valentine's Day dinner enjoying a meal of linguine with Canadian scallops and lobster, all drizzled in a sumptuous Fra Diavolo sauce. Ristorante Da Vinci also offers a variety of game and seafood dishes, like slow-braised veal cheeks, served with pearl onions, smoked pancetta and red wine sauce, or roasted sea bass with pomegranate and toasted pine nuts.
To make your Valentine's Day even better, they're offering a special three-course menu for two from February 12 to 14 for $124.
Address: 537, rue Sainte-Catherine O., Montréal, QC
Why You Need To Order: Craving a more sophisticated meal to break up the routine? You can get a 20-piece assortment for $24.99 as part of their Luxury Salmon Combo. This romantic dinner will have you and that special someone melting for each other as this fresh, fragrant sushi melts in your mouth.
Sushi lovers can also satisfy the adventurous foodie within by trying the Eel Luxury combo which includes makis, hosomakis and dragon makis all prepared with this unusual fish.
Address: 2176 A, rue Sainte-Catherine, Montréal, QC
Why You Need To Order: Since it's currently the month of romance, it's no surprise that Sam Cha is offering a "Tteokbokki with Love" special for two. For $40, you can get a full Valentine's Day meal featuring deep-fried dumplings, noodles, deep-fried mushrooms, deep-fried yams, deep-fried roasted seaweed rolls, rice balls and eggs.
There are tons of other appetizing dishes to satisfy your appetite, such as Chulpan Odak that has stir-fried chicken, squid and vegetables with spicy sauce, served with vegetarian dolsot bibimbap or stir-fried rice.
Why You Need To Order: Just because it's Valentine's Day, it doesn't mean that your dinner has to be over-the-top fancy. Sometimes it's nice to stick to classics, like hearty bowls and tasty sandwiches. Luckily, Junior carries a mix of both with savoury Filipino twists. Just make sure to pre-order your romantic feast, which you can do online until February 12.
If a sandwich sounds like the right fit for your romantic evening, try the Sandwich Fili Cheesesteak, which has beef strips, caramelized onions, lemon-garlic mayo, crispy green onions, cheese and spring mix on sweet bread. Plus, for this romantic holiday, you can get the Relyenong Meal for $85 and the Kaldreta Pie Meal for $70.
Why You Need To Order: L'Académie is a great option for those that love a serious dose of pasta goodness. For the month of February, they're offering a deal where you can choose any two plates of pasta on the menu for just $32.
This promo includes classics like their Fettuccini Primavera with fresh vegetables, olive oil and garlic, or their Penne Romanoff made with creamy rosé sauce and crushed peppers. For something meatier, there's the Tortellini Rosé stuffed with veal. Nothing says romance like a date night with French and Italian cuisine.
Why You Need To Order: If you and your partner love breakfast but hate getting out of bed to cook, why not buy yourselves some extra time under the covers? Just call it your morning cardio. Since this restaurant's "My Valentine" special runs from February 14 until the end of the month, you can turn the lovers' holiday into a two-week-long celebration.
For $14, this dish includes a fluffy waffle topped with decadent strawberry cream cheese frosting, strawberry sauce, and whipped cream. Looking to be even more extra? Wash that all down with a velvety milkshake.
Montreal is known to be a romantic city, but that doesn't mean that heartbreak in the 514 is impossible. We've all gone through breakups. Some of us have done the dumping while others have been dumped, and we almost always remember which place in Montreal it happened at.
Relationships are hard, and sometimes they sadly come to an end. The only problem is finding a spot symbolic enough to terminate the love affair.
Our city is filled with spots where you can propose, enjoy a romantic evening and of course, where you can break up with someone.
From the steps of a church to carb-filled restaurants, our city is stocked with ideal places to end your relationship.
Why This Makes A Perfect Breakup Spot: Once you say your final words, your ex is going to have to walk down a very, very long flight of stairs which will give them time to think about all the things they did wrong in the relationship.
Why This Makes A Perfect Breakup Spot: If you're so fed up that you're at the point where you hate them and want to expose them to a crowd of people, this is the spot for you.
Right Outside Their Apartment Door
Why This Makes A Perfect Breakup Spot: For those of you who still have a bit of sympathy, just rip the bandaid off in front of their apartment, it'll make things easier on the other person. Let them slowly creep back into their unit before the tears make an appearance.
Address: 138, ave. Atwater, Montreal, QC
Why This Makes A Perfect Breakup Spot: This will give you the chance to get them to buy you groceries and flowers — before you say goodbye forever!