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" with Guest of Honour Eevachu
For 2022, our theme will be "Steampunk on the Rails" with Guests of Honour Nicnak and Dodge Horse
CanFURence we're tired of the pandemic edition?
Gnarly news incoming!
We are thrilled to announce that CanFURence 2021 is officially a GO!!
That's right, we are planning for an IN-PERSON event - Friday November 12, 2021 - Sunday, November 14th, 2021 at the Delta Hotels Ottawa City Centrel in Downtown Ottawa!
Keep your ears perked for hotel/registration info and updates to be announced via the website (www.canfurence.ca) Twitter, Telegram, and Facebook.
But what does that all mean? Here’s what we know at the moment:
- We will have an attendance cap of 500.
- We may have to limit or reinvent some activities or amenities related to fursuiting, dances, or live events to ensure everyfur is safe.
- This year's event comes with a new theme and title called “The Furs are Back in Town” a rad 80s/90s theme that also represents our return to the convention scene!
- CanFURence 5; "Steampunk: On The Rails" will be back next year in 2022.
- We are committed to put on as fly a show as ever.
As always, feel free to email us at with any questions. Please keep in mind that some questions may not have answers right now as we sort through some unknowns and keep track of the ongoing local and national regulations to ensure we can hold our event safely and responsibly.
We will make more announcements as soon as more information is available. See you in November for some far out fun!
“The Furry Fandom is a welcoming place that celebrates personal identity and diversity.”
Those words are often spoken, and many of us hear them and realize that this could be a community for us to feel genuinely at home.
CanFURence wants to help make that a solid part of our fandom.
We are requesting those who are Black, Indigenous, Persons of Colour, women, transgender, disabled, or nonbinary to please join us and share your experiences both with our con and within the fandom as a whole.
What would you like to see done in order to make this community better?
We want to have your voices and opinions not only heard but to assist in making this fandom, and our con, better by creating a safe, inclusive place for all. You are free to submit this feedback anonymously. No names or email addresses will be made public regardless of method of submission.
We also have several leadership positions available within multiple departments which will be linked in a separate document in a few days. Additional staff positions are also open for all departments. We ask that anyone interested submit these inquiries to with the subject line “CanFUR Staff inquiry”
From all of us at CanFURence
And a messge from Shard, our Communications Dept. Head.
My name is Shard, and I want to be very clear why I have written this request for CanFURence.
I am a transgender, adopted Colombian woman living in the United States. I cannot, and will not, speak for anyone besides myself. This fandom is an amazing place filled with incredible people. I want to truly see this con and this community really embrace the diversity we have.
To do that, we need to be heard and be seen.
I know it's easy to say that a lot of this feedback may have been given elsewhere before, but the reason we're asking like this right now is to affirm what the community needs so we can make those changes with a full reference. Communication is an amazing thing, and I want to see it here, so we can push for the changes that need to happen.
So, as a personal request: Please, speak up. Let your voice be heard here.
Stay safe, and stay well,
CanFURence Communications Dept. Head,
Shard Solacene Wintreswolf (She/Her)
July31 to August 2nd, 2020
The Westin Ottawa
11 Colonel By Drive,
Our special Guests of Honour: Nicnak and Dodge Horse!
Our 2020 theme is Steampunk on the Rails
For 2020, we're returning to our origins in downtown Ottawa, as we move to a new home for 2020 at The Westin Ottawa!. Next to the Rideau Canal, a short walk to the Byward Market.
On October 6th, 2018, we had to postpone the October Pawprints at the Pub due to a last-minute scheduling conflict with the venue which, sadly, could not be avoided.
After a discussion at that time with the new bar management and current owners of our host (Pub 101,) we came to the conclusion that this venue was not the right spot to be the home of our Pawprints events. Between changes in management, changes to our agreement with the Pub, and the feedback provided by attendees on the first Pawprints in the Pub survey which highlighted issues with the space, including accessibility for those with disabilities, it became apparent that the Pawprints in the Pub events were not going to develop into the inclusive, casual, monthly get-together we had hoped they would. As a result, all future Pawprints in the Pub are being cancelled indefinitely.
Does this mean there won’t be anymore Pawprints events?
We love hosting the Pawprints events and, in fact, are looking to gather information to see what you want from a Pawprints event.
This is where you can help. We have created a small survey to help us find out what type of events we should host, and how frequently. If you’ve been to one of our previous events, or just have your own opinions to share, please participate. This will allow us to try and locate a suitable venue that can meet the needs of most of you so that we can continue to provide fun, furry-filled events.
Help us out by filling out the survey!