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 are a fan of cartoon animals, cinematic creatures, or mascot characters, CanFURence caters to fans of all things anthropomorphic.
For 2021, we're creating a special event in November with a theme of "The Furs are Back in Town"
For 2022, our theme will be "Steampunk on the Rails" with Guests of Honour Nicnak and Dodge Horse
We want to thank everyone who registered for CanFURence 2020! And we're missing seeing you this year.
The period for making a decision about your registration is now over, as of August 1st, 2020.
If you registered for CanFURence 2020 and did not indicate another option, your registration has been rolled over to 2021.
If you wanted a refund, or donated what you've paid, we'll be processing that shortly.
And it you'd just like to make a donation to our charity, Courageous Companions, please go have a look at their webpage https://courageouscompanions.ca/home/ - they'd be grateful for your support.
As Canadians, it may feel easy for us to see what is happening in America right now and feel that it may not involve us. This could not be farther from the truth. This is not just an American problem, and we must acknowledge our own country's harmful actions and words both past and present. We are not excluded. We need to stand together and speak out against racism and discrimination, no matter where it's coming from.
As furries, we pride ourselves in having a diverse and inclusive community. It's a place where so many of us feel safe to express who we are. We claim to welcome everyone regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, and sexuality; but that doesn't mean we are doing all we can to let people be themselves. There is still discrimination and ignorance here, and we must accept that we have to do more in order to genuinely create a space where all furries are able to speak freely and be heard.
At CanFURence, we do not accept intolerance or discrimination. We state firmly that Black Lives Matter, with no exception. We stand with the Black community in solidarity against the violence, ignorance, injustice, and racism that so many have endured. This cannot continue. Not in our fandom, and not in our world.
The Board of Directors will be discussing more ways to ensure that all are truly welcome, and everyone is able to feel truly safe at our con. We also would like you to help us better support the people of colour within the fandom. Share them with us and help us promote them.
Please remember that this does not go away when trending stops. This is a part of our world that we must continue to work towards the ending of within our communities.
Stay safe, and stay well.
Black Lives Matter.
2 June 2020
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada,
To all of our friends and family of CanFURence:
We have continued to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation as it develops, and it is with a heavy heart that we wish to inform you the status has changed.
With much regret we announce CanFURence 2020 will not be held this year.
As several events before us have had to alter course, we have done our best to ensure the rails were ready for when the whistle blows.
We respect the events that have also needed to make this difficult choice, and feel kinship with those still watching cautiously as they make tough decisions of their own. We know we are not alone in the broad statement that the safety and wellbeing of our attendance is - and shall remain - of paramount importance. This is a decision we have made, in continuing a tradition of leading by example and making the tough choices when we are called to action.
Several questions have been asked that have already been answered by friends and other events. We stand by them at this time and echo their sentiments.
So what happens now? When will you be back?
We are planning to go ahead with CanFURence 2021 from July 30th to August 1st at the Westin Ottawa hotel. We have already reserved the venue and much of what was planned for this year will roll over to next year automatically. Our guiding tenet is that everything that was planned for this year shall happen next.
Will you still have the same theme? Same Guests of Honour?
Yes. Both Niknak and Dodge Horse have been briefed and are on board to meet us down the rails at CanFURence 2021. They have been truly excellent to work with and just simply amazing. We owe them many thanks and plan to continue this run until we meet our destination just steps from Parliament in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
What about the Charity?
Courageous Companions has been working with us for a few years and has likewise been adversely affected. Their ability to fundraise, as well as perform their charitable duties have been extremely impacted by these events. If you would like to show them some kindness directly, their information is here: https://courageouscompanions.ca/
I’ve already paid for my attendance for the convention; what happens now?
For those who have pre-registered, a separate email is being sent out with instructions and more info about your registrations.
At this time, from now until 31 July 2020, the below shall supercede any conflict with our standard registration policy:
- Your registration will automatically be rolled over to our 2021 year unless you choose to refund or donate your registration.
- You may request a refund of your registration. The instructions to do so will be sent to those pre-registered via email. If you have not received the email, the instructions will also be on our webpage under the registration section. Be aware if you plan to come back for our 2021 year you will have to register again. Link to Registration page
- You may request to donate your registration. The instructions to do so will be in the same email as the one mentioned above. If you have not received the email, the instructions will also be on our webpage under the registration section. As with refunding your registration with this option you will have to register again for our 2021 year. Link to registration page
CanFURence is at its heart a not-for-profit event run by volunteers all the way up. Any donations would be very much appreciated to help continue to host future events as every dollar is meant to go back to attendee experience. If you choose to donate your Registration, 10% of the funds will be forwarded to Courageous Companions - our esteemed and wonderful charity that is just as adversely affected.
When will 2021 registrations open up?
At this time there isn’t a set date for 2021 registrations to open up. As we want to give our registration team time to focus on any refunds and donations that have been requested. Once a date has been decided, we will send out another email and post on our social media sites with the new registration date.
I’ve already paid for my hotel reservation for the convention; what happens now?
For hotel reservations, if you have reserved a hotel room through our room block it has automatically been canceled; you don’t have to worry about contacting the hotel or following up. If you have any questions regarding anything from our room block please send an email to .
If you have made reservations outside of our room block, then you will have to contact the hotel or booking agency on your own in order to cancel it.
I was on the dealers list for CanFURence 2020, what are my options?
There is a separate email being sent out to pre-registered attendees and dealers with instructions and more info about your registration and dealers table.
Please note that if you choose the option to roll over your registration but donate the fee, your spot will be held for the following year; you will just be required to re-pay the same amount.
I submitted a panel application. What will happen?
All current panel applications will be rolled over into 2021 as well. An email will be sent out to all applicants with details at a later date.
I have a question that wasn’t answered by the above, what can I do?
As an ask, we request that you please try not to approach staff at this time - this is very hard on a great many of us, having to delay our event.They voluntarily put in a lot of effort both prior and during the con to make everyone’s experience great. We have lots to do to get ready for next year, and the planning starts now.
Final message from the Chairs:
This situation we are in is unprecedented. It is a dreary, sad time during which we are forced away from our friends and our family members. After this is all over, let’s take up all that we planned for this year and bring it right back for CanFURence 2021 as there isn’t any stopping this train we’re on. That being said, please check up on each other; heed the advice of officials; and always be kind when the opportunity presents.
See you soon,
Co-Chair: BT-Armsitice Co-Chair: Conreeaght
CanFURence 5 will be back in 2022
We look forward to seeing you all then - stay safe!
In the meantime, please join us for CanFURence 2021 in November 2021
The room block for CanFURence 2020 for all registered attendees is now open as of May 4, 2020!
You need to be registered for CanFURence 2020 before you can book your place in the CanFURence "sleeping car". Find out all the different types of berths you can choose from - suitable for modest budgets all the way up to railroad magnates - here: https://www.canfurence.ca/hotel
If you're already registered, you should have received an email with the details on how to book a room. If you register on May 4th or later (or you've misplaced your email) you'll see the booking code and link to the booking site on our registration site after your payment has been processed.
Don't have your ticket to join everyone on the rails? Go here https://www.canfurence.ca/registration/
Please keep a close watch on your email (and your spam folders, just in case) if you're already registered.
If you need any help with the registration process, please e-mail us at and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist and get you back on track!
Wondering about CanFURence 2020 and how we're dealing with COVID-19? Click here!
We're counting down the days to CanFURence 2020!