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Thousand Islands National Park

Parks Canada oTENTik

New! Parks Canada oTENTik

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1-877-RESERVE (737-3783)

Reservations can be made as of January 18, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. EsT.

A cross between a tent and a rustic cabin, Parks Canada oTENTik is a relaxing, easier way to experience camping. The oTENTik accommodations on park islands provide an ideal base camp and private retreat for paddlers exploring the Thousand Islands, or some extra living space for boaters who want to share a getaway with friends and family.

Thousand Islands National Park now offers Parks Canada oTENTik camping accomodations. Three oTENTik accommodations are available on McDonald Island and two on Gordon Island, as well as five oTENTik accommodations on the mainland at Mallorytown Landing.

At Mallorytown Landing, campers can try out an oTENTik accommodation in a riverside, drive-up location. With just the right mix of comfort and simplicity, Parks Canada oTENTik will make you feel right at home, but far away from the everyday.

Equipment Provided

Mother and son play flashlights in the oTENTik bunking area
oTENTik makes camping fun and comfortable.
© Parks Canada

Inside each tent:

  • Sleeping area for up to 6 people
  • A table and seating for 6 people
  • Solar powered lighting and cell phone charging station (bring your own car charging adapter)
  • Fire extinguisher, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Please note: there is no plumbing or running water in the tents

On each campsite:

  • Tent with front deck
  • Fire pit
  • Picnic table
  • Muskoka chairs
  • Charcoal barbecue and food preparation station (charcoal not provided)


  • A large picnic shelter
  • Washrooms (Mallorytown Landing) and composting toilets (all locations)
  • Water taps (Mallorytown Landing)
  • Firewood for purchase

What to Bring

(This list is not exhaustive)

Camping using a Otentik
© backcountry with the kids
  • Sleeping bags, blankets and pillows
  • Food, drinks, and a water container
  • Drinking water (for island oTENTiks) 
  • Cooking equipment, dishes, eating utensils and a cooler
  • Slippers or indoor shoes
  • Flashlights
  • Insect repellent
  • Matches or a lighter
  • Charcoal
  • Car charging adapter for the charging system

Camping equipment rentals are available.

A Few Rules

In addition to the national park’s camping regulations, Parks Canada oTENTik users must follow a few additional rules:

  • For your safety, no food preparation, food or drink storage, or cooking is allowed inside the oTENTiks. Please store all food and related items in the food storage locker provided.
  • Smoking is not permitted within the oTENTiks.
  • Pets are not allowed in the oTENTiks, with the exception of oTENTiks 3B and 3E at Mallorytown Landing.  
  • To protect our forests from the Emerald Ash Borer, all firewood MUST be purchased in the park. Firewood cannot be moved into or out of the park. Collecting firewood from the forest is prohibited.

Boy standing on a rock
© backcountry with the kids

Important Notices

  • Access to the islands is by boat only and campers must arrange their own transportation. See How to Get There and Missing the Boat?
  • All vessels must have a valid mooring or beaching permit. These permits are NOT included with oTENTik fees on Gordon Island and must be purchased on arrival at the island. See our park fees page for a full list of fees.
  • Mainland oTENTiks at Mallorytown Landing are accessible by vehicle and include a parking permit for one vehicle.
  • Self check-in on arrival. Obtain a use permit at a payment kiosk located on the islands and at Mallorytown Landing and post at oTENTik site with either surname or reservation number clearly identified.
  • To protect our forests from the Emerald Ash Borer, all firewood MUST be purchased in the park. Firewood cannot be moved into or out of the park. Collecting firewood from the forest is prohibited.
  • With the exception of Central Grenadier, potable water is NOT available on park islands.
  • Designated shallow water docking for oTENTik users is available on McDonald and Gordon islands. The oTENTik dock can be reserved on McDonald Island and mooring fees are included in the oTENTik fee for McDonald Island only.
  • Check-in 3 p.m. Check-out 11 a.m.
  • Facilities vary from island to island so check out our facilities and services chart to pick the island that best suits your needs.

For Your Comfort and Safety

  • Black legged ticks, potential carriers of Lyme disease and Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis, are common in Eastern Ontario and Thousand Islands National Park. Please visit our Ticks and Your Health page for more information on how to protect yourself.
  • Garbage and recycling service and generator use is available on limited islands. Visitors who want a more natural park experience can enjoy generator-free islands that have a pack-in, pack-out policy. Identify these islands on our facilities and services page.
  • The water of the St. Lawrence River and other surface water in the area may carry bacteria. Water should be filtered and then treated or boiled before drinking or bring your own drinking water. For more information regarding drinking water please refer to Health Canada’s website.
  • Be sure that you are well prepared and that you have all the right gear to make every outing safe and enjoyable. Visit AdventureSmart for more details.
  • We value our visitors! Please visit our Visitor Safety page to ensure a safe visit.