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Winterlude Bear Pride

The Ottawa Bears were out in full force to celebrate Winterlude and Capital Pride. From ice sculptures, skating and a chilly but heartwarming pride parade to good food with furry friends from away, the bears enjoyed a fun and frolicsome weekend of camaraderie and good times.


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New Mr Ottawa Bear Crowned

Congratulations to our new Mr Ottawa Bear, Pedro, on a spectacular performance during a fun-filled evening of music, dance and performances by local talent.

Pedro will now join the Ottawa Bears committee in helping promote positive body image and camaraderie in the local, national and international bear community. Expect to see him from time to time at bear events near you!

Thank you to runners-up Bruce, Sam and Tom for putting it all out there to entertain us. It takes a lot of courage to step onto that stage and these three definitely have lots of courage.

Many thanks also to Arts Court Theatre and the expert sound and lighting of technician Joel, to Capital Kings for their amazing dance routines, to DJ Dez for spinning some excellent tunes during intermissions, to the Ottawa Bears committee members who worked tirelessly to put this event together and to all the volunteers who helped make it a success.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t thank last year’s Mr Ottawa Bear, Chris, for his contributions to the Ottawa bear community over the past year as well as for his hilarious comedy appearance during this year’s show.

Most of all we want to thank you, the bears of Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal for coming out in droves and buying up every last ticket to see this amazing show and donating so generously to a very worthy cause, the Northern Light Refuge.

If you have photos and/or video footage of the event you would like to share, get in touch with us.

Good luck, Pedro, on your upcoming year as the new Mr Ottawa Bear!


Past Event Report

Teddy Bear Picnic

This past Saturday was the annual Teddy Bear BBQ at Vincent Massey Park and it was well attended by bears and admirers alike.

Perfect weather, great food and a fun afternoon of frisbee and conversation.

Thanks to everyone who attended and who helped make this a successful event.

Here are some pics from the event:

Upcoming Event

Bears in the Woods 2018

Get your sleeping bag out! Bears at Plein Bois is back again this summer.

Mark your calendar for the weekend of June 1-3 and be sure to book well in advance as trailers and camp sites are limited.

The weekend will feature a bear meal together at the Bistro PB Grill, a bear cocktail party, a drag show featuring Miss Conception and a whole lot of fun in the sun by the pool.

Plein Bois offers many amenities including trailer rentals, two heated pools (one is clothing optional), a very large jacuzzi spa, on-site DJ, cocktail bar, hot and happening dance hall, restaurant, snack bar and central store.

Perfect for those who want to rough it or for those who are more into “glamping” and want to be pampered.

Note: Ours Ottawa Bears is not collecting money for this event. All arrangements and payments must be made directly through the Plein Bois camping office but please let us know once you’re booked so we can keep you informed about the group’s activities.

Past Event Report

Beards! Bears! and Beer!

Adam Frey accepted a cheque on behalf of the Northern Lights Refuge of the proceeds of the Ours Ottawa Bears’ event “Beards! Bears! and Beer!” which was held earlier this year. This is the second year that the Northern Lights Refuge (https://www.facebook.com/northernlightsrefuge) has been selected by the reigning Mr. Ottawa Bear as the designated charity to receive money raised by Ours Ottawa Bears at its various events. Thank you to all those who helped make this possible.

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Annual General Meeting – New Commitee

The annual general meeting of the Ours Ottawa Bears took place on Sunday, April 15 at Jack Purcell Community Centre at which time a new executive board was elected to replace the interim board that was appointed last October.

Elected were:

  • Chairman: Lars
  • Secretary: Brian
  • Treasurer: Ted
  • Events Coordinator: Pierre

Also a few bylaw changes were voted in including:

  • Renaming the position of President to Chairman
  • Removing the following positions from the board: MOB Coordinator, Vice President

Note: MOB Coordinator becomes an appointed role as does Web Master.

Congratulations to our newly elected board!

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MOB Proceeds Donated to Charity

As most of you already know this year’s Mr. Ottawa Bear was a resounding success and helped raise some much needed funds to help rescue LGBTQ+ refugees who are being persecuted, tortured and killed in countries where being gay is against the law and sometimes punishable by death.

Northern Lights Refuge is the charity that was chosen by last year’s Mr. Ottawa Bear recipient, Adam Frey.

Adam has been working directly with this organization since it’s inception.

A cheque for $500 was presented to Adam by the Ours Ottawa Bears president Lars and the current MOB title holder Chris.

The Ours Ottawa Bears committee would like to thank all those who attended MOB 2018 and who donated generously to this very worthy cause.