Special Thanks to Durham Community Foundation for start up grant.

Authentic Wood Fired and Charcoal Grill

All of our Sauces are made from Scratch and are Gluten Free.

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The Refuge has helped 3573 youth since 1999. Last year, we served 11,736 meals, engaged 573 youth 9887 times and met 275 new youth. We see about 20 - 30 individuals each day and offer 15 weekly programs designed to transform young lives. 

We believe that every young person deserves to be loved unconditionally, respected and valued. Youth heal from the past, find dignity and hope for the future when surrounded with people who care. We celebrate when youth are safely housed, kick their addiction, go back to school, graduate, get hired and volunteer at The Refuge. We believe that youth need a hand up, not a hand out. We invite you to join our caring and compassionate community.


Papa Bear’s Real Canadian BBQrew is a unique catering social enterprise new to the Durham Region. Papa Bear’s is a registered business owned by The Refuge. It is a social enterprise created to train and employ the youth and providing top-notch catering service.  The BBQrew is on a mission to improve the lives of young people, develop a giving community and provide an authentic Canadian BBQ experience.

The Refuge Youth Outreach Centre serves homeless and street involved youth aged 24 years and under located in Oshawa, Ontario. The Refuge mission is to demonstrate Jesus Christ’s love and kindness to the youth in our community. The Refuge is a caring community for the hurting, lost and neglected.

Tragically, 92% of The Refuge's youth have been emotionally, physically or sexually abused, many at the hands of family member or close friend.  We provide warm meals, toiletries, showers, laundry and programs to help youth heal from their past. The Refuge is a community where youth find safety, encouragement and a sense of belonging. 

I was really  impressed with the coffee chicken and your brisket, and I'd say it's as good as or better than the Texas BBQ places in Texas.

​Don Falconer

President at Falconer Engineering and Testing
Mouth watering. This Real Canadian BBQ could be yours by booking private bbq parties, corporate lunches, weddings, rehearsals, retirement parties.  where ever you need a unique catering experience Papa Bear's is your answer. We specialize in smoked Brisket, pulled pork, Ribs , Burgers and BBQ chicken.  We have strived to create uniquely Canadian flavours, using locally grown maple, black cherry and apple woods. All of our sauces are gluten and ketchup free.  We have endeavoured to honour the true tradition of bbq and smoking our food by committing to slow smoking over real charcoal and wood.


When you bring Papa Bear's to your next catered function, not only will your tastebuds explode with unique Canadian flavours, you will be helping a homeless or street youth to find employment providing the youth with a hopeful future.  

Can you imagine a beautiful rib steak cooked over charcoal with a bacon cream sauce or maybe a thick manhattan cut steak with a red wine reduction sauce. 

Call us today  905.260.1154