Host Hotel GCBW

Days Inn Edmonton South

Located just a short walk from Whyte Ave and a short uber/cab ride to the venue. $112 for standard double queen. Same rate for 1 or two adults. (It is NOT a non-refundable rate). Includes Wi-Fi, parking, and breakfast.

Bookable by mentioning you're with "FAB - Fellowship of Alberta Bears" when you call in.

Address: 10333 University Ave, Edmonton, AB T6E 6N3

Phone: (780) 430-0011

Days Inn



The Great Canadian Bear Weekend is 100% volunteer driven and your help allows us to give back to our selected charities. We're happy to be able to offer  our volunteers incentives for shifts other than setup and teardown. Click this link for spot availability and incentive offers!


Ahoy! We be proud t' announce the 2018 theme fer the Great Canadian Bear Weekend be Pirates o' the Bearibbean! Batten down the hatches 'n grab yer eye patches ye land lubbers fer we be sailin' on the seven seas searchin' fer booty this August! We be sailin' on a new ship this year at McKernan Hall right next to the LRT. Thar be three days worth of fun this year. Run passes will be available online prior to the event.


August 10 Dirty Pirate Bear Bingo

Ahoy! Come meet 'n greet yer fellow bears at our kick off party! Collect yer run pass, grab bags 'n register fer the weekend's events or participate in the Mr. Albearta competition. This event is open to everyone! Cost is $15 (non-members) $10 (members) at the door or included with your run pass.We shall be offferin a Ukrainian feast! $8 at 8 PM. After bingo git thee weekend going with our welcome Bear Mixer

  • 7:00 PM Doors open for mixer and board games.
  • 8:00 PM Ukrainian Feast
  • 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM Dirty Pirate Bear Bingo
  • 11:00 PM – 2:00 AM Bear Mixer

August 11 Waterpark Excursion

12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Get wet and wild with the bears as we enjoy a northern tropical paradise that boasts the world's largest indoor wave pool and more than 17 unique waterslides and play features. 

August 11 Dadeo Feeding Frenzy

12:00 PM Anyone not making waves at the Water Park is invited to Wet their Whistle on Whyte. We will be meeting at Dadeo's (who are kind enough to give a 20% discount on food orders with a run pass) at noon.

August 11 BEEF Bear Bash Pirate Party

8:00 PM Avast ye landlubbers and join the crew of the Fellowship of Alberta Bears as we batten down the hatches 'n grab yer eye patches, fer we be sailin' on the seven seas searchin' fer booty party like Pirates of the Bearibbean! Thar be a treasure waiting for the best pirate costume! No frontal nudity allowed . As always you can wear whatever you are comfortable in! Cost for this event is $20 or included in the cost of a run pass. Tickets will be available at the door. Note this is a members and invited guests only event. You can purchase memberships at the door or online for $10.

  • Bear Booty Bucks
  • FAB Bear Ambassadors to help welcome new members!

August 12 Bear Gardens and Beer Bust

12:00 PMBatten down the hatches and grab your tankards we be sailing to the Bear Gardens! FAB is transforming the outdoor rink at the hall into a tropical bearidise! $25 gets ye a Magical Ale Cup that you can refill with draft beer as many times as you like until the taps run dry! Price is included in the run pass. Tickets will be available at the entry. Non-beer bust entry is free and will be also offering a limited selection of other drinks tickets with our regular pricing for those who do not want to participate in the beer bust.

Come meet your new Mr. Albearta (crowning will be at noon) as we send off the GCBW with some pirate debauchery!

Ticket Information

Online sales for run passes have ended. Tickets and passes will be available for all events at the registration table! To speed things up please ensure your membership is up to date by logging in here for current members and registering here for new members.

Single Events* 

  • Dirty Pirate Bear Bingo $10.00
  • Waterpark Pirate Takeover $31.00
  • BEER Bear Bash Pirate Dance $20.00
  • Beer Bust Magic Ale Cup $25.00

GCBW Run Pass $50.00*

($5 off single event pricing) 

  • Dirty Pirate Bear Bingo 
  • BEER Bear Bash Pirate Dance 
  • Beer Bust Magic Ale Cup 

GCBW Run Pass + Waterpark $81.00* 

($5 off single event pricing) 

  • Dirty Pirate Bear Bingo 
  • Waterpark Pirate Takeover 
  • BEER Bear Bash Pirate Dance 
  • Beer Bust Magic Ale Cup

*Tickets will be available for all events at the door (except the excursions which have limited slots and will be offered to members first). Prices do not include food which is sold separately. Invited guest entry pricing is different than the above listed member pricing. No tickets will be mailed out. Your name will be put on a list at the door. Wristbands will be numbered and assigned to the member who purchased them. One run pass is available per registered email address