LGBT in B.C.: Whistler Pride 2019 and Peak Pride in Kamloops and Kelowna to hit the slopes

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      For LGBT snowlovers, this year's Canadian winter Pride season is getting underway, bringing rainbow colours to the white slopes of Western Canada.

      Getting things going will be the 2019 Whistler Pride and Ski Festival, which will run this year from Sunday (January 20) to January 27.

      What marks Whistler's Pride parade, to be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on January 25, as visually distinct from parades in Metro Vancouver is seeing colourful rainbow flags and costumes set against the backdrop of white snow as skiers slalom down the slopes and continue the parade with a march through the village.

      Whistler Pride and Ski Festival

      International air hostess Pam Ann (a.k.a. Australian comedian Caroline Reid) returns once again to the mountain as one of the headline entertainers.

      There's also drag star Jackie Beat, who'll be doing standup comedy as well as sendups of hit songs.

      Of course, parties abound, including a pool party, a spa event, a fetish party, and more.

      Full details are available at the Whistler Pride website.

      Peak Pride

      For those who are looking for something later in the season or elsewhere in B.C., there are two more upcoming Pride events on the slopes.

      Breaking new ground (and snow), the first annual Peak Pride 2019 will be held at Sun Peaks in Kamloops from March 1 to 3.

      The schedule includes a comedy night, a mountain parade, a food-tasting event, a dance party with DJs and drag queens, and more.

      Peak Pride

      After that, Kelowna's Big White will host their third annual Peak Pride from April 5 to 7.

      This mountain's program will include a game night, mountain parade, culinary walk, dance party, and more.

      Both weekends will kick off with fundraisers for charities and community groups.

      For information about both events, visit the Peak Pride website.

      Peak Pride

      Further down the road and one province over is Jasper Pride, which is slated to take place in Jasper, Alberta, from April 25 to 28. Details aren't available yet but keep an eye on their website for updates.