The Nation’s Capital Bear Club


About Us

BearsCanberra is a community,  social club for ‘Bears’ and like-minded men.  As our name suggests we are a Canberra based club, but we don’t restrict our membership to the Canberra region – we welcome members and friends from anywhere in the world.


Since its formation in September 1996 BearsCanberra has given real support to our community and has provided our members with regularly scheduled social events, including our monthly dinners and afternoons at the bar. 

This was taken and adapted from A Bears Life Magazine.


The Bear Community. Like any cross-section of humanity we come in all shapes, sizes and colours.

It is that diversity that makes us special. To find a place in this world, where you feel you truly belong is dear. Being a part of the gay community was the first step in getting some kind of pride and kinship among gay men.

About the early 1990's there was talk about groups of men similar to us in looks and interests, most of them big, hairy, friendly and affectionate guys, that were forming clubs, a sub-culture of the gay community. They called themselves "Bears." When you walked into a bear bar, it was like stepping through a magic door that transported you to a place where you felt normal, wanted, desired, and liked. That is an AMAZING ability for anyone to possess.

That is what it all comes down to, making friends, feeling good about yourself through the unity of the community, support shared among the Bears, Cubs, Otters, Wolves, Chasers, Admirers and other wildlife that now comprises the Brotherhood of Bears.

From the bear runs, parties and charity fund-raisers all over the world, the bears have become a familiar and integral part of society, from all those admirers, whether gay, straight, or bi-sexual, who, now look to us as an important part of the community at large.

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Also in Canberra: Canberra Bears & Cubs