Welcome to Ottawa’s premier bear event. Mr Ottawa Bear 2020 is a full weekend of activities for bears and bear admirers. Some activities are free and some are included in the VIP package but if there is a cost, it will be indicated in the event details.

Note: Events tagged with a are ticketed events and are only available to VIP ticket holders.

Click on the event titles below to see more details about each one and don’t forget that if you’re planning to attend the Survivor’s Brunch on Sunday, you must reserve in advance using the form below.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Location: Arts Court Theatre - 2 Daly Ave

Start the weekend off at Arts Court Theatre by enjoying some catered sweet treats and ice cream to a live DJ while you socialize with your fellow bears. Gourmet cookies, cake and other exquisite treats await you! Cash bar will be available.

Location: Arts Court Theatre - 2 Daly Ave

This is your chance to get to know our competitors as well as our judges as they strut their stuff for us at Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave). This is a fund raising event for Capital Rainbow Refuge so come have a cool drink, buy some 50/50 tickets and maybe win some prizes.

Location: T's Pub - 323 Somerset St. West

The party moves over to our very own local LGBTQ bar, T's Pub on Somerset where you can continue to socialize with your fellow bears and enjoy some refreshments and music.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Location: Tucker's Marketplace - 61 York Street

Keep the amazing weekend of fun, fur and frolic going with a sumptuous buffet brunch at one of Ottawa's best buffet restaurants. Tucker's Marketplace is located at 61 York Street in the Byward Market and features a massive buffet full of all things breakfast, and lunch, including a full salad bar and huge dessert section.

This is a meal you will not want to miss!

Location: Champagne Pool - 321 King Edward Ave

Fur getting a bit bedraggled by this point? Must be time for a swim!

Grab your bathing suit and towel and head over to Champagne Pool for a fun couple of hours in the water. This is a private event just for us bears but it is not "clothing optional".

There are lockers on-site but you must bring your own padlock if you want to secure your valuables.

We will have music and pool toys to entertain and delight.

Come make a splash with the Ottawa Bears.


Location: Arts Court Theatre - 2 Daly Ave

The highlight of the weekend is the Mr Ottawa Bear competition which will take place at Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Avenue). Doors will open at 6pm and the competition begins at 7pm featuring some furry local bears for your entertainment.

Also part of the show will be some local entertainment groups and dancers.

Beer, Wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase before the show and during intermissions. Please note that this is an adults-only (18+) event.

VIP ticket holders will have reserved seating during the show.

A 50/50 draw and a silent auction featuring some unique artwork by local bears will help raise funds for Capital Rainbow Refuge. We accept cash as well as all major credit and debit cards.

As part of this year's auction, we will be featuring "Bag-a-Bear", where you can bid on a dinner date at La Dolce Vita with one of three hot local bears. The date comes with a $100 gift certificate.

We will also be featuring unique bear-themed accessories for sale by MistrBear from Montréal.

Please note that street-side parking is extremely limited. The nearest paid parking is at the Rideau Centre and the nearest free parking is at the World Exchange Plaza (approximately a 12 minute walk). Arts Court is a very short walk from the host hotel (Courtyard Marriott Downtown).

Location: T's Pub - 323 Somerset St. West

Join the newly chosen Mr Ottawa Bear for some cocktails and merriment at T's Pub (323 Somerset St. West).


Location: Club Ottawa Baths - 1069 Wellington Street

Come celebrate the crowning of a new Mr Ottawa Bear at the Club Ottawa Baths (1069 Wellington Street). A discount will be available if you mention Mr Ottawa Bear. Adults only.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Location: Eggspectation - 171 Bank St.

This will be an a-la-carte breakfast with the Ottawa Bears. This event is not included in the VIP package but you must reserve in advance if you wish to attend so we know how many tables to reserve.

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Location: Rideau Canal

Weather and Ice permitting we will meet at the Rideau Locks Change Cabin. If the canal is closed at Rideau St Locks we will meet at the Fifth Ave Change Cabin. Check the interactive map of the canal before you leave.

Location: The Loft - 14 Waller Street

Join your fellow bears for some fun board games and socializing at The Loft Board Game Lounge (14 Waller Street) and enjoy your favourite cocktail from the bar or order some delicious appetizers, sandwiches or pizza from their menu. There is a $6.00 cover charge.


Location: T's Pub - 323 Somerset Street West

Come warm up with the Ottawa Bears at T's Pub (323 Somerset Street West), for a nice afternoon of conversation and drinks. We meet here every Sunday afternoon and some of us usually choose a local restaurant afterward for supper.

Survivor's Brunch

Your VIP pass includes the Saturday brunch at Tucker’s Marketplace but bears really love to eat so there is also a Survivor’s Brunch on Sunday, January 26 at Eggspectation (171 Bank St.) at 10:00 am but if you want to join us you have to reserve a spot by using the form below. This will be an “a-la-carte” meal and not a buffet. Check our their menu for details.