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Fort Langley National Historic Site of Canada

oTENTik

Stay overnight in Vancouver's only Fort

Information | Equipment | Food Amenities | Activities | Reservation Policies

Parks Canada oTENTik: The new way to experience the Canadian camping tradition.
Connect to your cultural heritage and experience life inside the fort as only the Hudson’s Bay Company employees could.
© Parks Canada

What is oTENTik?

oTENTik, exclusive to Parks Canada, is a cross between an A-frame cabin and a prospector tent mounted on a raised wooden floor. This water resistant accommodation is built to withstand diverse weather conditions and no set-up is required by campers. Each of the five units inside Fort Langley’s historic walls represents the heritage of Fort Langley’s diverse workers:

  • oTENTik 1 – hǝn Ɂǝ́mǝt – First Nations 
  • oTENTik 2 – The Aloha – Hawaiian (wheelchair accessible)
  • oTENTik 3 – Chez Louis – French-Canadian voyageurs
  • oTENTik 4 – What Cheer House – North American gold prospectors
  • oTENTik 5 – Stromness – Scottish boat builder’s tent

Our oTENTik season runs from May 1 to October 13, 2014. We also accept group reservations on weekends during the winter season. Please call 604-513-4799 to inquire.

  • Reservations begin March 24. Call 1-877-737-3783 or visit www.reservation.pc.gc.ca.
  • There are five oTENTiks available; each can accommodate up to six people, with four single lower bunks, arranged in pairs, and one upper bunk (double size).
  • Download:  oTENTik site map (PDF, 1.51MB)
  • Check-in time: 2pm - 4:30pm at the site’s Visitor Centre (23433 Mavis Ave) 
  • Check-out time: 11am or earlier
  • Fees: $120/night, per oTENTik. Site admission fees also apply (you can opt to purchase an annual pass instead). A non-refundable reservation fee also applies.
  • For more information on our reservation policies, click here.  

oTENTik Equipment & Supplies

a family enjoying the oTENTik
© Parks Canada

While Hudson’s Bay Company workers would be required to set up camp when travelling and bring their own supplies, 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: two bunk beds and one queen sized bed 
  • A table with seating for up to six people 
  • One lantern with rechargeable batteries 
  • One broom and one dustpan 
  • Cooking equipment, dishes and utensils 
  • Lockbox for valuables 
  • Mini fridge 
  • Electric lighting 
  • Small heater

Outside the tent:

  • Shared propane BBQ and accessories 
  • Personal picnic table 
  • A common service building with board games, toilets, water, and use of showers in the evening 
  • Wifi is available in the common area and in most oTENTiks 
  • Farm animals to visit

Nearby:

  • Parking spaces for up to two vehicles 
  • Short walk to grocery store, restaurants, cafe, easy biking/walking trail “The Fort-to-Fort Trail”

Equipment to bring (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Sleeping bags, blankets and pillows 
  • Food, snacks and drinks 
  • Clothing 
  • Slippers or indoor shoes 
  • Flashlights 
  • Matches or lighter 
  • Camping chairs 
  • Insect repellent 
  • Bicycles


Food Amenities

NOTE: Cooking is not permitted inside the tent

  • Lunch is available for purchase at our Full Barrel Cafe, or walk to numerous restaurants in the village of Fort Langley (situated within walking distance of the site).
  • BBQs are available for common use, including one designated vegetarian BBQ.

Activities

Fort Langley National Historic Site offers many activities to keep you busy and having fun!

Evening Campfire

New for 2014, we will offer campfire programs three times per week for oTENTik guests at 5:30pm. On days where campfire programs are not offered, a morning interpretive program, exclusive for oTENTik guests, will instead be offered at 9am.

A few seconds from your oTENTik tent

Plan to spend the day exploring Fort Langley National Historic Site. Watch blacksmithing demonstrations, learn to build a barrel, visit the farm animals and try your hand at gold panning, you might just strike it rich. Plus don’t miss our many interpretive program offered by our costumed guides.

A few minutes from your oTENTik tent

  • Explore the village of Fort Langley, browse the antique shops and stop for a treat.
  • Walk the Fort-to-Fort Trail. Enjoy the 6km walk along the Fraser River, take in the astounding views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Visit Brae Island Regional Park and take a walk around.
  • Rent a bike in town and explore the surrounding area.

A few minutes by car from your oTENTik tent

  • Berry picking at local berry farms
  • Winery Tours
  • Greater Vancouver Zoo
  • Shopping in nearby Langley or Abbotsford
  • Walnut Grove offers a movie theatre and indoor swimming
  • Tourism Langley

Rules & Regulations 

Parks Canada oTENTik users must abide by the following rules:

  1. A minimum of one adult per oTENTik must be at least 19 years of age. If renting more than one oTENTik, we require at least one representative from each tent to check in at the Visitor Centre and receive orientation.   
  2. For your safety, no food preparation or cooking is allowed inside the tent. 
  3. Smoking is not permitted within the tents or within the Fort walls. Designated smoking area is provided outside the fort walls. 
  4. Pets are not permitted within the tents or within the historic fort walls. 
  5. Quiet time is from 10pm - 7am. 
  6. Only the use of personal headphones is allowed for listening to music in the fort. 
  7. A fire is only permitted in the group firepit. Please use your complimentary bundle of firewood, and not the supply of staff firewood located elsewhere on site.  NOTE: During particularly hot, dry conditions campfire bans may be in effect. At these times, we are not able to offer campfires in the fort, however guests will continue to be able to use the BBQs. To check whether or not there is a campfire ban in place, please consult: http://bcwildfire.ca/hprscripts/wildfirenews/bans.asp
  8. You must collect your garbage and leave it in the receptacles designed for that purpose. 
  9. You will be able to review a list of costs that apply to damaged or missing oTENTik supplies. These costs will be applied to recover the expenses for damages that you or your guests cause.
  10. Subject to fine and/or expulsion, it is forbidden to: 
    - Behave in a way that disturbs others (partying, etc.).
    - Keep one’s oTENTik in a condition deemed unsatisfactory by the Park Staff.

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