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The owner of the GAYPEI website, Jim Culbert, was appointed PEI's first MARRIAGE COMMISSIONER in 2006 so you can Travel to Vernon Bridge or call and make arrangements for your special day.

Rainbow Marriage Commissioner
Vernon Bridge, P.E.I.
Canada C0A 2E0

Telephone (902) 651-2202

Charter Member


Well folks I am back at it! I have opened a new B&B called Green Gay Bulls. I have closed the Rainbow Lodge and moved up the road, just over the bridge. Looking forward to seeing guests from the previous 25 yrs and meeting new ones. :)

Green Gay Bulls is a restored Victorian Home built in the late 1800's

See You Tube URL for complete tour of house and property:

It stands at the front of 3 acres of manicured lawns & gardens with a section of woods and 149 feet of water frontage on the Vernon River.

This home has had an interesting past, now being a private home but at one point was the United Church Manse & a home for the minister and his family.

There have been many weddings and christenings done in the parlor and now as a B&B we continue the tradition, as Jim is the first appointed Marriage Commissioner of PEI.

The B&B has 2 rooms; One with an antique Queen Sleigh bed suite and one with a Queen bed. ($100 for Double Occupancy - $80.00 for Single Occupancy ) plus HST (tax)

Rooms are individually posted on Air BnB

The 2 rooms share a large bathroom with stand-up shower for 2, bathtub, toilet and vanity.

There is a smoking veranda at the front of the house and a deck bordering the fish pond and flower beds in the back yard. There is also plenty of parking available for guests.

We are a very casual B&B wanting our customers to feel right at home. In the morning come down to the dining room and have a full breakfast. Fresh muffin, eggs, bacon, coffee, tea and homemade preserves await you after a good night's sleep.

For the more adventurous, there are designated areas where nude sunbathing is acceptable at Green Gay Bulls.

Jim and Kenneth would be happy to greet you and help you enjoy your stay at Green Gay Bulls.

Can accept cash, or MasterCard/ Visa

Bedrooms , Bathroom , Family/TV Room, Parlor, Dining Room, Decks/ Gentleman's Porch, Yards, Water front are at your exposure.

Owner/ host will great you upon arrival as well as in the morning for breakfast & most evenings. As well as respond to any queries you may have, regarding travel and attractions on PEI or offer you travel suggestions.

On the Trans- Canada Highway, Green Gay Bulls is 20 minutes from the Wood Island ferry terminal, coming from Nova Scotia or 20 minutes outside of Charlottetown.

Close to Historic sites, light houses, some of Canada's best golf courses, fine dining, theater, beaches, and site seeing.

Bring your bikes, get on the Confederation trail and head into rural PEI. There is a wharf nearby where you can also launch a boat or if you have a kayak go for a scenic trip up the river and be back in time to see the spectacular sunsets in late afternoon.

Guests would require their own transportation, Vernon Bridge is approximately 20 minutes out of Charlottetown.

Guest Access: Private room, bathroom, laundry, gardens, yards, decks/ porches and waterfront

Interaction with Guests: Jim will greet you upon your arrival,at breakfast and upon your return, after a day experiencing the beauty of our gentle Island. If you need him you can find him either in the house or in his upholstery shop.

The Neighbourhood: Vernon Bridge is a quiet, close knit community where everyone knows everyone, are will greet you with a friendly "hello"

Getting Around: There is no pubic transport in the area so guests will require their own transportation

Other Things to Note:

Licensed, & inspected B&B

Also a member of the PEI Gay Tourism Association

House Rules: No smoking indoors! No pets! Safety Features Smoke Detector Carbon Monoxide Detector First Aid Kit Fire Extinguisher


                           Jim Culbert was born and raised on a farm in Bradford Ontario. At the age of 15 his parents sold their farm and moved into Bradford proper. Jim started his school studies in a one room school house and by grade 5 was into a consolidated school (this was an amalgamation of many small schools). Graduating out of grade 8 he moved into the Bradford District High School. where he graduated from grade 12.

During the time at home he met an old lady, Mrs. George

Green, who lived across the road from him. He visited many nights there and through his visits in an

antique filled home he listened while Mrs. Green talked of the Bradford of old. Gas lamps lit every

night and balls in the larger homes. When Mrs. Green sold her home to move to her daughters she

asked Jim to take some drapes off the wall and cover a small occasional chair for her daughter. This

was the beginning of a life long and love long career in re-upholstery.

       After high school Jim went on to receive his Journeyman Apprentice Papers for re-upholstery. It

was a 3 year coarse that he took in Barrie under the direction of the late Lorne Carter, owner of

Barrie's Upholstery.

        After the coarse was finished , Jim stayed on another year and then when he bought his first 

home on the outskirts of Bradford he left the firm and opened up his own re-upholstery shop

"Bradford's Furniture Doctor" . Jim's first home was build by Tom, Frank and Bill Whiteside for their

Mother in 1921. Polly Whiteside soon made it the show place of the community and enjoyed it for

many years. He had lots of energy and hand stripped the woodwork and floors and redecorated it

to house his antiques. Many people looked forward to the once a year Wine & Cheese Party the

first weekend in June. His first partner, Kerry Wade, formally of Ottawa moved in with him and many

people were welcomed by them over the 3 years together. Besides a 3 storey brick house the

property had a large shop out in a separate building. He had a successful business bringing in work

from far and wide Through out the year he had numerous friends come to visit and stay for

weekends. Thus came to the back of his mind the idea of a B&B.

       In 1977 Jim had surgery and had a kidney removed and like Adam, in the Bible, gained a

wife .After a short marriage of 3 years Jim sold the house and moved to an abandoned cottage in

the woods a little further south of his former home. Taking that place and turning it into a great

county home he lived there for 4 years. A fitting setting for summer garden parties it was situated

looking over the Holland Marsh and south to Toronto. During this time of his life he met Allen

Hutchinson and he moved in with Jim. After 4 yrs. Jim & Allan moved into Bradford Proper to a

modern 2 storey house. Again after many renovations he had it to his liking.

      Because of chemicals used in refinishing and the loss of a kidney Jim decided to sell the

refinishing end of his business and just concentrate on re-upholstery. A former client, ,Ms. Katherine

Curry and her friend Alice, had just come home from a trip to the east Coast of Canada where they

bought a Victorian Farm House and were moving there to open a B&B. They asked Jim if he would

like to accompany them down when they went to set up the house. Jim jumped at the chance and

off they went via car to the Island. From the moment Jim saw the red cliffs of PEI and the ferry ride

across to this mystical Island he knew he was "home". After helping "Lady Catherine" set up and

renovate her house to accommodate 3 bathrooms and 4 bedrooms he left for Ontario. But, not for

long. In another month he was back looking for a home to open his own B&B.

Looking all over the province he finally found the place, an old 3 storey on the Orwell Bay in the little

village of Vernon Bridge and "Blair Hall" was formed. Again taking an old tenement house and

bringing it back to its former beauty was the task of the day. Carpenters electricians and plumbers

were at Jim's beck and call for almost 2 months. On June 16th 1988 "Blair Hall" was open to the

public and 65 curious friends and former tenants of the house came to view the "new" look. Jim's

Mother and Father arrived for the opening and during the time they were visiting his Mom noticed

that there were a great number of cars travelling by and she remarked that it would be a great

place to sell ice-cream! They were hardly back in Bradford when Jim purchased an old Orange Julius

Building and had it moved to the property. He put out his sign and very soon many Islanders and

tourists were stopping to have ice cream. Jim decided to sell burgers and hotdogs and again out

went the sign. The local health inspector came and said he couldn't sell prepared foods unless he

had 3 sinks and hot and cold running water. He told Jim to stick to ice cream. Jim's remarks were

"Come back on Monday and I will be prepared for you". With sinks in and water running the little

canteen was becoming a visiting place in the evening ,for the surrounding neighbours. Looking at

the lost land down to the water Jim again had the ideas rolling in his head and called the powers to

be and started landscaping the grounds to the Bay. At last he had his own park. .People came ate

and enjoyed the goings on of the fisherman and boaters in the bay. All the time his business was

growing and he was receiving people from all over the world. The old garage was the next on the

list and was raised straightened and added to and became a 2 bedroom cottage used for guests

with families. It was rented in the winter as a house-keepers suite.

     In 1990 the local area lost a prominent business man, Dan Cummings and his establishment

"D.R. Cummings General Store was up for sale. Jim bought the store and attached warehouse and

detached house and ran the store for 5 yrs. renting out the home to different families. It was truly

an old country store with wood interior and gas pumps out front. Jim introduced video rental,

magazines and opened a bake shop as well. During this time the larger food chains were

bombarding the Island with food stores so Jim decided to close the store and turn it into an

upholstery shop and antique store. Here were many flea market items and people could watch him

work at the furniture. During this period of time Jim and Tom Blickslager gutted and renovated the

Cummings House. Or should I say Tom thought he was coming to do a few repairs discussed the

previous week and when he arrived on the first day of work he found that Jim had gutted the whole

house and a dumpster was in the yard. So began the job of rebuilding a home from outside walls.

New electric, plumbing, insulation, gyp- rock walls, refinished interior trim and sanded and finished

floors. New kitchen and bath were completed and the house was rented once again.

     In 1998 Jim sold "Blair Hall" and closed the re-upholstery shop and under his direction had the

talented tradesman Michael Wilson come and turn the vacant store into a wonderful homey "Lodge"

When Jim arrived home from a visit to Ontario it was spring and the weather permitted painting.

Pink side walls ,burgundy and white trim and the front---The RAINBOW colours of coarse. Thus

'RAINBOW LODGE" was formed. Rainbow Lodge is a safe haven for gay women and men,

transgender folk & bisexuals to come and be at home. It has 2 large bedrooms with private baths

and gardens. Full breakfast is the order of the morning then off to explore the Island. In the

evening the great room is a cozy place to curl up and visit people from far and wide. Looking out on

the landscape Jim had another idea and with the help of friend, and webmaster Mike Motorbike ,and

a dear friend Jenny they began building gardens. A fish pond was next on the list and every year

the gardens become a magnificent display of colours from early spring to late fall. Jim lived in the

unfinished attic of the barn that year as the house was still rented to tenants. In 2000 Jim again

looked out over his land and decided it was time to renovate the old warehouse. He had it lifted

and then with the help off his trusty friend, Mike Wilson, they transformed it into another wonderful

looking building. The old building was cleaned out, and a new insulated floor put down. Next came

the stud walls and wiring and plumbing. Following this relatively clean part of the renovation came

the dirty job of blowing in the insulation to make it nice and warm, ceilings, all walls and attic. Gyp-

rock was next followed by the taping and seam-filling. Special little effects were added to give it

some character and then the paint was applied. The pine trim and base was installed and the

carpets and hard surface floors but down. To finish the job a kitchen was needed in the unit so

plans were made and cupboards installed. After many years of being called the barn THE BARN

has a new look. The upper floor The Loft is a 1 bedroom apt. with fireplace for a little ambiance.

The ground floor unit The Stable is a two bedroom apt. rented year round.

    In the fall of 2001 Jim , Mike and Mikes son tackled Jims own house and added an enclosed

sunroom and while putting a new roof on the house. Jim had the idea of taking the shed roof off the

dormer and making a peak roof to match the lines of the new sunroom. Travelling up the road now

the house has a whole new look. Jim owns a 1931 Chevrolet and gets great pleasure in taking his

guests to town for an evening tour of Charlottetown. On good days you may find him on the north

shore showing people this fair Island. Jim has been in the news a lot trying to get people at tourism

to realize that even though we have a Charter of Human Rights we are still a ways away from being

able to feel comfortable about coming to someone's house with his or her partner, and ask to have

a room with a double bed. He feels that the gay & lesbian traveler should have the chance to select

a gay or at least gay -friendly home to stay in while visiting the Island. He asks that letters to the

P.E.I. tourism Minister may help them make the necessary changes in the Visitors Guide for future

years. Jim was very happy to see in the Visitors Guide for 2002 a listing under July Events "PEI GAY

AND LESBIAN PRIDE 2002 ! A beginning!

     Jim has been many things in his lifetime, a son , brother, uncle, nephew, great-uncle, husband,

step-father, employee, employer, newsmaker, friend and lover. He now has another couple of titles

to his name as he was ordained in the Universal Life Church in July of 2005 and in 2006 became

Prince Edward Islands first Marriage Commissioner. Marriage Commissioner gives Jim the ability to

civilly marry couples both straight and gay. Give Jim a call and he can arrange your marriage with

service, cake, food, photographer and even make a DVD of the event. He loves to have people come

to visit at the Lodge and everyone is special. As the sign outside the door says "THERE ARE NO

STRANGERS HERE ONLY FRIENDS WE HAVE YET TO MEET". Come and enjoy our Island way of life,

who knows Jim may even show you a house or two that may interest you as a summer home or

permanent one. Jim would love to see more gay people move to the Island and enjoy what he is

enjoying in this the last tranquil place in Canada.


 Rainbow Lodge

Vernon Bridge P.E.I.

Canada C0A 2E0

Let's Make the Island a Gay Welcoming Destination
Since I moved here in 1988 Prince Edward Island has certainly become a welcoming Province for the gay traveller. The Island has certainly grown up. In 2006 Gay Marriage came into effect. In June I was appointed the first MARRIAGE COMMISSIONER of Prince Edward Island. This allows me to marriage straight and gay couples in a civil marriage. Whether it is in a church hall, one of PEI's wonderful beaches, in a back yard or at my home I have helped many couples with the most special day of their new life together. We now have a very active PEI GAY TOURISM ASSOCIATION headed up by Bill Kendrick. Many things have made our Association very active with the help of the Province of PEI. We hope you all had a great 2014 season and are looking forward to 2015. During 2014, in partnership with Tourism PEI we placed editorial and advertising in FunMaps and Guide Quebec with a unique URL call to action. In 2015 we are again advertising in Fun Maps and also we are working with OUTTV. They are coming to shoot a program called it's primary focus will be on Charlottetown but they are interested in activities/experiences/sites within an hour of Charlottetown. There are many new gay businesses on the Island and we are pleased that they feel safe in their communities.


FYI: Pride 2016 Kicks off July24th and runs untill July 30th, so BOOK YOUR TIME OFF NOW!

Just want to give everyone a quick update for everyone since Pride is coming up.

Pride Prince Edward Island was officially launched in the summer of 1998 and has been a continuing tradition for Islanders to celebrate the freedom of being able to live no matter your sexual orientation and to remember those who have fought for us during the Stonewall riot.

As several years have past and we have come a long way, we will always remember those who have paved the path of life for those today.

Pride PEI has a full a full week planned with all sorts of activities including people of all orientations, age groups, sexes, and all other groups imaginable.

Oh and also, it's not like islanders don't know how to PARTY!!!.


ST. Andrew's United Church VERNON BRIDGE July 24th 10.30am with pot luck to follow at Green Gay Bulls B&B just down the road from Church. .

St. Andrews United Church in Vernon Bridge PEI will be hosting a PRIDE SERVICE on July 24th. The time is 10.30 am. Following the worship service there will be a POT LUCK at GREEN GAY BULLS. You will find it at 7401 Trans Canada Highway. Just across the Vernon River Bridge and 2 doors on the right. Tim Archer will be guest soloist. There will be a special envelope for anyone wishing to make a contribution which will go to the CBC Turkey Drive at Christmas in the name of LGBT Community of PEI. Look for the Rainbow Banners in front of the church which is on the right just before you wind down to the village. For those who are not familiar with VERNON BRIDGE you will cross the Hillsborough River into Stratford and stay on the highway until you come to the church. DO NOT turn left when you see the sign to Vernon River, that is another community. Please invite anyone who might wish to attend a service of PRIDE and have an afternoon of fellowship and good food afterwards. If you have portable chairs feel free to bring then along.

As a visitor to PEI, you can do more than just witness the Island way of life.

You can live it, too. In an ever-growing series of activities, you can work side-by-side with Islanders who defy categorizing, but who love what they do and want to share it with you.

A partial list includes Happy Clammers, Metal Magic, Back Road Folk Art, GPS Adventure Quest, A Ray of Sunshine Garden Walk, Digging for Dinner, and Fish Tales & Tall Ships.

Yes, you might get your hands dirty. You might also get your shoes wet. And your knees stained.

All temporary.

But the memory of your Island experiences will last a lifetime.

Thinking of joining the many people either movng permanently or as a summer resident to the last tranquil place in Canada?

Jim Culbert owner of can set you up with a professional Realtor who would be happy to connect with you either in person or via e-mail and telephone to see what your requirements would be regarding property here on the Island. He would have a file opened and check into the available properties so when you arrive here you do not have to start from scratch.

He is a long time Islander who can tell you what regions are good to look at, what crops are grown in surrounding areas of properties you may be interested in and is totally "gay-friendly".

Contact me (Jim) through my web site and I will be happy to lead you to your future Realtor.

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