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Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites

oTENTik

Escape to a historic retreat!

Information | Reservation Policies | Equipment | Food Amenities | ActivitiesRules & Regulations 

Parents laying in the bottom bunk bed of an oTENTik tent while their two children are playing on the smaller top bunk bed.
Fall asleep in the present and wake up in the past 
© Parks Canada

What is oTENTik?

Experience life within the fort’s walls as you fall asleep to the ocean and nature’s soothing sounds; and be taken back over 50 years ago when soldiers’ families inhabited Fort Rodd Hill during their summer camp-out.

The oTENTik tents, exclusive to Parks Canada, offer a unique blend of homey comfort and a taste of outdoor adventure. It’s a unique opportunity for visitors to enjoy camping with the comfort of a bed, inside the fort, already set up and ready to go.

Take advantage of the exclusive right to stay overnight in Canada’s best preserved west coast artillery fort!

Reservations

Our oTENTik season runs from May 15 to September 7, 2015. Reservations for the 2015 season can be made starting at 8am on March 17, 2015.

  • Call 1-877-737-3783 or visit www.reservation.pc.gc.ca to reserve.
  • Five oTENTik tents are available for accommodation. Each tent can accommodate up to six people.
  • Check-in time: between 2pm and 5pm at the main entrance kiosk
  • Check-out time: 11am
  • Be sure to check our special event schedule to see if your stay coincides with one of our exciting special events this season!

NOTE: Tents will be unavailable on June 30 and July 1 due to Canada Day events.

Fees

All reservation and accommodation fees are due at the time your reservation is created.

  • Accommodation Fee: $120/night (taxes included)
  • Reservation Fee: $13.50, non-refundable and helps cover the operating cost of the reservation service
  • Historic Site Entry Fee: You will be required to have a valid entry pass to enter the sites. You can choose either daily entry passes or annual passes. Visit here for more details. There are several pricing models available to ensure you get the best value for your visit(s). Parks Canada Discovery Passes are valid.
  • Methods of payment: Accommodation and reservation fees must be paid by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) at the time of the reservation. Entry fees may be paid by cash, credit card or institutional cheque. For more information on our reservation policies, click here. 

oTENTik Equipment & Supplies

While the Royal Canadian Navy soldiers would have been required to set up camp when arriving, we’ve done the work for you, no fuss no muss! Here is what is included with each oTENTik rental and what to bring.

Inside each tent:

  • Sleeping area for up to six people
  • A table with seating for up to six people
  • Electricity and table lamp
  • Cooking equipment, dishes and utensils
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Lockbox for valuables

Outside the tent:

  • Picnic table and lounge chairs
  • An individual fire pit
  • One complimentary bundle of firewood per night with water bucket
  • Common service buildings with flush toilets, water taps, fridges and freezers
  • Shared propane BBQ and accessories (propane included)

Nearby:

  • Free parking space for up to two vehicles (parking located outside the fort walls—100 metres)
  • Overnight camp hosts who are able to assist with questions and/or emergencies
  • Additional firewood for purchase
  • Shower facilities are within a five minute drive
  • Medical clinic, restaurants and grocery store are all within a five minute drive

What to bring (this list is not exhaustive): 

  • Sleeping bags, blankets and pillows
  • Clothing
  • Food and drinks (potable water available)
  • Water container
  • Slippers or indoor shoes
  • Flashlights
  • Matches or lighter
  • Camping chairs
  • Insect repellent
  • First aid kit
  • Cards, games, books, ball, Frisbee, etc
  • Camera

Disabled access oTENTik (TENT #5 welcomes individuals with and without mobility restrictions):

  • One fold-up cot in lieu of a single bed allows for more flexibility based on individual’s mobility and needs. This also allows for bed lifts to be used
  • 15A electrical power
  • 36” width door
  • Entry door less than 1/2” lip at entry point
  • Front deck of tent and deck railing expanded to 10’x8’
  • 1/12 slope build to code ramp with wire mesh on deck for traction and two hand rails
  • 28” high wheelchair accessible port-a-potty on slab at end of ramp
  • Double-ended picnic table

Food Amenities

Note: Cooking is not permitted inside the tent 

  • Food available for purchase from local cafés or fast food restaurants 
  • BBQ your own dinner or dine out at nearby restaurants 
  • Cooking and eating is only permitted outside the tent 
  • Roasting sticks available

Alcohol 

  • Responsible use of alcohol is permitted between 5pm and 10pm within your camping area


Activities Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites offer many activities to keep you busy and having fun!

Within the fort: 

  • Explore the fort and step inside the oldest lighthouse on Canada’s west coast
  • Learn more about these historic sites during the scheduled interpretive programs or with an audio tour
  • Feel the thrill as you try to hit the target in our Airsoft Challenge
  • Participate in one of our many special events
  • Check-out our summer Artist in Residence Program
  • Play with the state-of-the-art navigational video game at the lighthouse
  • Go bird and wildlife watching
  • Go for walks
  • Explore the three beaches
  • Practice your photography

Camp Host:

Your camp host will introduce themselves the first night of your stay and provide a brief orientation to the site and the surrounding area. They will then be available throughout the rest of your stay for questions and in case of emergency.

Attractions and places to visit within a few minutes walk or drive:

  • Castles and art galleries
  • Playgrounds and element parks 
  • Nature trails and regional parks
  • Lakes, lagoons and beaches
  • Bird sanctuary and tidal pools
  • Farmers’ markets and cafés

Rules & Regulations 

In addition to the Historic Site’s rules and regulations, Parks Canada oTENTik users must abide by the following:

  1. A minimum of one adult per oTENTik must be at least 19 years of age.
  2. For your safety and the safety of the local wildlife, no food preparation, food or drink storage, eating, drinking, or cooking is allowed inside the tent. Please store all food and related items in your vehicle or the fridge provided during your stay. 
  3. Smoking is not permitted within the tents. 
  4. Pets are not permitted within the tents or within the Fort. 
  5. Quiet time (curfew) is from 10pm to 7am. 
  6. Only the use of personal headphones is allowed for listening to music in the fort. 
  7. A fire is only permitted in your fire pit. Please use only complimentary or purchased firewood to light or maintain a fire. The site’s firewood pile is for staff program use only. 
  8. You must collect your garbage and leave it in the receptacles designed for that purpose.