After same-sex marriage became legal in Ontario in 2003, gay and lesbian couples flocked to Toronto to marry. Although in July 2006, the Civil Marriage Act legalized same-sex marriage across Canada, pioneer Toronto remains one of the most in-demand wedding destinations for same-sex couples.
If you want to get married in Toronto, it's pretty simple: Go with your partner to the Registrar General's office at 900 Bay St. (at Wellesley), bring ID (including your passport and birth certificate), pay a small fee, and the marriage license will be yours; there's no residency requirement. Visit www.toronto.ca for details and an application form that you can download. For help organizing a wedding beyond the confines of city hall, check out the wedding-planner pages at www.toronto.com. One company that specializes in planning same-sex weddings is I Do in Toronto (tel. 888/418-1188; www.idointoronto.com). While many wedding ceremonies are conducted at the Toronto Civic Wedding Chambers (100 Queen St. W.; tel. 416/363-0316), couples are increasingly choosing to wed elsewhere. One popular place is the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto (tel. 416/406-6228; www.mcctoronto.com), which has been very active in the battle for same-sex marriage rights.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.