Canada's Capital Furry Convention

Since 2016, CanFURence has been bringing people from all over the world together in Ottawa to celebrate the furry fandom in all of its creativity, diversity, and fun! Whether you're a fan of cartoon animals, cinematic creatures, or mascot characters, CanFURence caters to fans of all things anthropomorphic. For 2019, our theme is "Mystery" and we have a lot of mysterious surprises in store for you aspiring gumshoes this year!

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There are dining options within the Brookstreet, and you can purchase some travel items at the B Cafe, but here are other nearby options for food and shopping.

This is not an endorsement of any of these, and new places may have opened and any of these may have closed, hours of operation may have changed.  You should always check to make sure if our information is correct.  If we have got something wrong, or missed something you think should be there, please let us know and we'll work to get it updated.


casual dining - burgers, root beer

405 March Rd, Kanata, ON K2K 1K0

about 1.1km away

Hours: 06:00 to 23:00


Big Rig Brewery Iris St. location

Craft beers & Canadian food

2750 Iris Street, Ottawa (about 14km)



Friday 11AM–12AM
Saturday 8AM–12AM
Sunday 8AM–10PM

There are 3 main dining options within the Brookstreet Hotel

The B Cafe - quick food and beverages, as well as those travel items you may have forgotten to pack

Options Jazz Lounge - a full dining menu and evening live Jazz

Perspectives Restaurant - fine dining for breakfast through dinner, inside or outside on the seasonal patio.

Burgers, and all the usual stuff you'd expect.

Burger King,

700 March Road
Kanata, ON K2K 2V6

(613) 599-7102

About 0.6km away


Restaurant 7:00AM to 10:00PM
Drive-Through: 7:00AM to 10:00PM


4055 Carling Avenue
Kanata, ON, K2K 2A4

613 254-9892


Monday to Saturday: 6:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Sunday: 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM

about 1.3km away


A staff recmmendation for great poutine.

"Ottawa's favorite poutine chip wagon since 1989"

Also burgers, hot dogs, sausages, and other food truck favourites.

Located in the parking lot of
Canadian Tire 
1820 Merivale Rd Ottawa, Ontario K2G 1E6



Monday to Saturday, 11:00AM to 6:00PM

About 21km from the Brookstreet

This one doesn't seem to be listed on the Dagwoods web site as of June 2019, so it may be closed?



1106-D Klondike Road
Kanata, ON
K2K 0G1


about 1.4km away



open 24 hours

about 0.7km away

The Tim Horton's here is only open 7:00AM to 11:00PM

Wraps, salads, burritos, frozen yogurt, smoothies and more.

"Healthy food conventient and affordable"

1106 Klondike Road
Kanata, Ontario


Approximately 2km away.

Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM



Telephone: 613-693-1525

591 March Rd, Kanata, K2K 2M5

About 1 km away

Mon: Closed
Tue: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Wed: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Thu: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Fri: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Sat: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
Sun: 12:00pm - 9:00pm

Last call is 8:30pm


4055 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON K2K 2A4

about 1.3km away



Fri 11am-10:30pm
Sat 11am-10:30pm
Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm


6-4055 Carling Ave., Kanata, ON K2K 2A4
(613) 963-0625

about 1.3km away



Pick Up Hours
11:30 AM - 09:30 PM
Delivery Hours
07:00 PM - 09:30 PM


Pick Up Hours
05:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Delivery Hours
07:00 PM - 09:30 PM


Pick Up Hours
05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Delivery Hours
07:00 PM - 09:30 PM


Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

"Fresh, healthy and undeniably delicious food combined with a wonderfully inviting atmosphere"


CanFURence attendees are entitled to a 10% discount on food and beverages here.

See the Hotel page for details on this and other offerings.


The full menu is availabe on The Marshes website.

Telephone: 613-271-3370

Hours: SUN - FRI 7:30AM - 9:00PM, Closed Saturdays

While a bit far to walk, there is Jack Astor's about a 10 minute drive away (about 7 to 8 km depending on your route).

125 Roland Michener Drive , Kanata ON
Telephone: 613.271.1041

When we checked their web site, the stated hours were:

  • Sun - Wed: 11:00am - 12am
  • Thu - Sat: 11:00am - 1am



Vietnamese Noodle


Hours (April 2019)
10:00AM to 10:00PM, 7 days per week

Eat in, or they do takeout or delivery (their web site says they will deliver for free as long as the order total before taxes is $50 and less than 10km from their location, 10:00AM to 9:00PM).

4049 Carling Ave 
Ottawa, Ontario 
K2K 2A4 
(613) 435-8817

Approximately 3km from the hotel


101 Schneider road, Kanata Ontario K2K1Y3

Telephone: 613 270 0505


Mon-Fri from 7:00am to 8:00pm
Sat from 8:00am to 6:00pm
Sun from 9:00am to 6:00pm

about 1.6km away


Liquor. Spirits. Beer



FRI 9:30 AM - 10:00 PM
SAT 9:30 AM - 10:00 PM
SUN 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

about 1.7km away


Tex/Mex - bar and grill

"Experience Southern Hospitality, North of the Border at Lone Star"

web site:

4048 Carling Ave.

about 1.7km away


Fri 11am-11pm
Sat 11am-11pm
Sun 11am-10pm

Chinese food

854 March Rd,Kanata
Ont, K2W 0A5
(beside the Sobey's)

Appoximately 2km away.

telephone: 613-591-8811

Delivery, Take-out, and Eat-in.

Closed Mondays except holidays
Tuesday to Friday: 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM
Saturday: 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Sunday & Holidays: 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM

coffee/tea, breakfast/brunch

Unit 110, 329 March Road
Ottawa, ON
K2K 2E1


about 1.6km away


Mon-Fri: 7:00am - 4:00pm
Sat: 8am - 4pm
Sun: 9am - 4pm


700 March Rd,
Kanata, ON
K2K 2V9

phone: (613) 271-1033

about 0.6km away

Canadian franchise chain, originally from Newfoundland, serving (mostly) deep-fried chicken as finger food and in sandwiches.  Known for their "taters" - battered and deep-fried potato wedges.

web site:

Located in the Kanata Centrum Shopping Centre:
B-7, 400 Earl Grey Drive, Kanata, Ontario, K2T 1B9

telephone: (613) 592-2132

Hours(as of April 2019)

Mon 11am to 9pm
Tues 11am to 9pm
Wed 11am to 9pm
Thurs 11am to 9pm
Fri 11am to 10pm
Sat 11am to 10pm
Sun 11am to 9pm

Approximately 7km away from the hotel

casual diniing - burgers, fries, coffee, ...

886 March Road

about 1.3km away



4048 Carling Ave.

about 1.5km away


4055 Carling Ave.


phone: (613) 599-8898

about 1.3km away

Papa Sam's Restaurant

700 March Road, Kanata

tel. 613-591-8080

About 1 km away

Eat in, take-out and delivery

A menu that includes pizza, burgers, deli style sandwiches and Lebanese items.

Fri 11am-10pm

Sat 11am-10pm

Sun 4pm-10pm

Chinese/Vietnamese food

700 March Rd
Ottawa, ON
K2K 2V9

(613) 599-0006

about 1.3km away

Open most days for lunch and dinner hours, but Sunday shorter hours - check the website for details.

Fri 11am-9pm

Sat 11:30am-8:30pm

Sun 4pm-8:30pm

"A Crazy Little Italian Eatery"

Trinity Common Shopping Centre
854 March Rd,


phone: 613-592-7626

about 1.8km away

360 March Rd.

about 1.6km away

700 March Road - about 0.6km away

4048 Carling Ave. - about 1.5km away

832 March Road - about 1.6km away


4055 Carling Avenue
Kanata, Ontario
K2K 2A4


about 1.3km away


Fri 11:30am-2pm / 5pm-9pm
Sat 5pm-9pm
Sun Closed


Middle Eastern

836 March Road,
Kanata, ON
K2K 1X7


telephone: (613) 366-4000

about 2.0km away


11:00AM to 10:00PM all days

Halal, market & buffet

700 March Rd
Kanata, ON
K2K 2V9


Their website is not reachable June 2019 - take that to mean what you will

phone: (613) 591-7000

Monday - Friday: 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am - 8:00 pm

about 0.6km away


840 March Road

about 1.7km away

Coffes and snacks

844 March Road

about 1.7km away

Phone number: 613-271-2847


700 March Road - about 0.6km away

Fri 7am-10pm

Sat 8am-10pm

Sun 9am-10pm


329 March Road - about 1.6km away


700 March Road

about 0.9km away


Fri 11am-2am

Sat 10am-2am

Sun 10am-2am

499 Terry Fox Drive
Kanata, ON K2T 1H7
(613) 599-9551


Mon-Sat 10:00 to 21:00
Sun 11:00 to 18:00


British style pub

329 March Road

about 1.9km away

479 March Rd (about 0.9km - about a 10 minute walk)
Kanata, ON K2K 2M5
(613) 592-0683

7:00AM to 11:PM


4060 Carling Ave (1.7km away - about a 20 minute walk)
Kanata ON K2K 1Y1
(613) 599-9520

5:30AM to 11:00PM

Check out their web site for full details.



The nearest locations (as of June 2019) is:

407 March Rd (1.4km away about 20 minute walk)
Kanata, ON K2K 0K1
(613) 270-1435


There is also a Tim Horton's in the Esso Station at 479 March Road.

Gluten free desserts

4055 Carling Ave.

about 1.4km away

Burgers and other fast food

4055 Carling Ave.

about 1.3km away


Fri 11am-9pm
Sat 11am-8pm
Sun 11am-8pm

Yes, their Kanata North location, about 2 km away..

Willy's Pizza
1104 Klondike Rd.

They're nearby and are reported to be familar with delivering to the Brookstreet.

Yes, just a short drive away (about 7km).

They have a breakfast menu, as well as diner style food for lunch and dinner.

Have a look at their web site for more details!

They're at 499 Terry Fox Drive, Kanata, K2T 1H7 (in the Signature Centre next to Farm Boy).

Hours of Operation (as of November 2017):

SUN, MON & TUES: 6am to 9pm
WED to SAT: 6am to 9:30pm
OPEN ON HOLIDAYS – regular hours
(cash, debit or credit accepted)

These answers are short answers to what may be complex questions.  They may not always cover all the intricacies of your situation.

We also may have inadvertently made a mistake in interpreting CanFURence policies when we create these answers, so E&OE.  If you see any answers that we've messed up please let us know, and we'll correct them.

If you have any further questions, or want to verify our answers, please refer to the CanFURence Registration Policy, the Code of Conduct, or contact us at

We’re sorry that you feel that way, but we must insist on this.  We do promise to treat your information with care.

To attend a CanFURence event or convention you must submit your information to register. The Registration staff is dedicated to your privacy.

Your legal name, address, date of birth, gender and all other information gathered is kept in the strictest of confidence. This information will not be shared with any other members of the staff of CanFURence unless there is specific legal requirement to do so.

Your comfort is our key, and your privacy matters to us.

We would be more than happy to resend you your details. Please email the registration team and we can send you your details again.

So long as the name you are requesting falls within the guidelines of the Code of Conduct and complies with our strict PG13 convention rating you may choose whatever name you wish.  But there is only so much space on the badge.

Due to limitations on badge sizes, some badge names may require a shortened version of your registered name.

Yes, for online registrations we will accept other forms of payment such as Interac E-Transfer (Canadians only), cash and cheque.

If you want to pay by one of these alternative payment methods please contact us (select registration as the topic) and we will assist you.

If you are attending another event where we have a booth, you also have the option of paying by debit card, or credit card (although we can’t handle cheques or PayPal at an event).

 For 2018, you’ll see us at events including Furnal Equinox, Ottawa Geek Market, and CAPE.

The first thing you need to do is register!

Please note that there is a small delay - possibly up to 24 hours - while your registration is processed by our hard working and dedicated Registration Staff.  This is especially the case if you have paid by eTransfer.

You'll know that we have processed your registration because you will receive an email with a subject of Badge Record of Sale

Once you've received that email you will be able to log into your account on the registration site and you'll see the button that will take you to the Hotel booking site will be there.

You'll also notice on the login page for the Registration system it will list your badge number for CanFURence events.


Upcoming Events

CanFURence2018 - you are badge XX (XXXXXX) for this event



Like any other minor, we must insist on a completed Minor Consent Form.

If your parent or guardian is not readily available to complete the form, here’s what you need to do.

If you are away from your parents and you have notified them of your intent to attend CanFURence, you can have your consent form signed by any legal Guarantor. Examples of this are Police officers, Judge, Professor, Lawyer, Notary Public or other governmental official.

A form submitted this way must be completed ahead of the convention.  Please email the Registration team a copy of your signed form. This form must also be brought with you to the convention as well.

Yes, minors (under 18 years old as of the first day of the event) can attend!

In order to process their registration, minors must present a completed Parental Consent Form that has been signed by a parent, guardian, or equivalent.  This is in addition to the requirement for all attendees that they must present legal identification in order to receive their registration.

All minors under 16 years old as of the first day of the event MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Minors who are 16 years old or older as of the first day of the event may attend without a guardian present.

Please have your identification and Parental Consent Form ready as this will allow the registration process to go faster.

There is more information about minors registering and attending the convention on our website.  Have a look here

We're sorry you can't join us this year! Don't worry: our Registration Policy gives you the option of a one-time transfer of your registration either to someone else, or to next year. (Please note that in case of discrepancy, information in our official Registration Policy shall be deemed correct.)

At this time we are unable to send registration packages, swag, or other items if you are unable to attend the convention. We apologize for this.

To attend a CanFURence convention or event you must present a current and valid photo identification.

This identification must contain a current photograph, date of birth, and address. Valid forms of identification include, but are not limited to, your Passport, Drivers License, Age of Majority card, Provincial health card, Landed Immigrant Card, Tribal Band Card, or other government issued form of identification.

It is always a good idea to check with our Lost and Found – check out the FAQ on that.

If at any time your badge is lost, you may request a replacement badge from the Registration Department.

Lost badges will be subject to a replacement fee of $30 for the badge. This fee is refunded if the original badge is found and you present it along with your replacement badge to Registration Staff.

In order to issue a replacement badge, Registration Staff will be required to see your Identification.

Questions that don't relate to any specific aspect of CanFURence, but useful stuff.

CanFURence was chosen as a nod the first furry conventions in the world which was named ConFurence. We opted to make it Canadian by simply tweaking the name. ConFurence ran from 1989 to 2003. We hope to do our name justice.

Not sure if you’re a furry?

The nice thing about being a furry is if you think you are one, then you are.

There’s no membership card (although we will ask you to pay for a registration to attend CanFURence).

If someone says you’re not a furry unless you’ve got a fursuit – they’re wrong.  You don’t need a fursuit, or ears, or a tail, or handpaws.  If you want them, that’s fine too.

You don’t have to be an artist, or a writer, or a performer.  You don’t have to play games with anthropomorphic characters.  You can be or do any of those, or none of them.

The furry fandom welcomes you, however you choose to participate.

The only thing we ask of you is that you treat others with courtesy, and respect their individuality.

Furries are people who are fans of anthropomorphic animal characters. Anthropomorphic means human-like; and in the case of furries, animal mascots or animal cartoons are the kinds of characters that are being referred to (think Bugs Bunny, or Judy Hopps/Nick Wilde from the movie Zootopia). We bring them to life in any way we can, like cosplay, visual art, stories, or performance.

Many furries also have a character (sometimes characters) we create, which we identify with, and that’s who we are to the community. To us, this character is our personal mascot, only instead of rooting for a team, we’re simply rooting for the person inside.


Here’s some links:

From the nice people at Furscience

From the Globe and Mail, about Furnal Equinox 2017

An interview of our convention Chairs done by  the CBC : Furries expose ‘fursonas’ at Ottawa convention

From Psychology Today, July 2017

CanFURence 2019 starts August 2nd and runs through August 4th, 2019.

Our theme this year is "Mystery".  Join us as we solve the mystery of what really happened to our 2018 GOH at closing ceremonies, and more.

Our Guest of Honour for 2019 is Betsy The Beaver.

Please attend our our closing ceremonies on the 4th where we’ll be announcing the details for CanFURence 2020.

CanFURence 2019 is being held at The Brookstreet Hotel, Resort, and Conference Centre, 525 Legget Drive, Kanata, Ontario K2K 2W2

Please attend our our closing ceremonies on August 4th where we’ll be announcing the details for CanFURence 2020.

As part of our program for social involvement within the furry community, and the community beyond, CanFURence has a tradition of raising funds to support a charitable group.  Have some questions about it?  Here's where to find out more!

A bid is a contract to buy, so as a minor, you need parental consent to participate in the charity auctions. If you intend to participate, ensure your parent or legal guardian checks the box under “Charity Auctions”, at the bottom of the first page of the “Parental consent form”.

If you intend to participate in the charity auctions, please familiarize yourself with the “Charity Auctions Rules” (in place to protect the bidders, CanFURence and our supported charity) and as well as the “Charity Auctions Information” which contains all you need to know about the process, etiquette and timeline of the auctions.

The following are generally safe bets: art pieces (original, print…) props, new or good condition clothes (t-shirt, costumes), furry literature, gift certificates… For more information, please visit the link  “Auction - Items Donation - Information” on the charity page at

To save time when you deliver your item donation at CanFURence, submit it ahead of time by filling the form “Auctions - Item Donation - Form” on the charity page at

Useful and occasionally essential things for you to know while at CanFURence.

Within the Brookstreet, if you have purchased food from a hotel restaurant, you may bring only that food into the convention space.  

There may be additional areas within the connvention space where CanFURence has prohibitted food or drink, and there will be signs posted if that is the case.  You wouldn't want someone to get food all over your stuff now, would you?

Certain registration levels include meals and drinks - they can't be taken out from the designated dining areas (and no sharing either!).


Note: This restriction is specific to the Brookstreet - other events which we hold at other venues may not have the same restriction, but that is the way it is for the Brookstreet.

That, as we understand it, is your private space (and not the responsibility of CanFURence) so just like in your home you may serve and consume alcohol.  And that means with the door closed, not propped open, and not in the hallways.

But you're still governed by the laws of Ontario, so no serving alcohol to anyone under 19 years of age.

Also, even if you're not driving (and you shouldn't be if you're drinking) Drink Responsibly.


Don't forget to be considerate of your neighbours.

Alcohol, as covered in the Code of Conduct and the laws of Ontario, is generally not permitted in the convention space.

The exceptions to this include: alcoholic beverages served by the hotel as part of the meal included in certain registration levels; alcoholic beverages purchased from the Brookstreet that are consumed within the licensed area of the hotel (such as at one of the bars).

In order words, you can't just go wandering around sipping a brew.  Got it?

Register Now to Attend CanFURence!