Escape to a historic retreat!
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Fall asleep in the present and wake up in the past
© Parks Canada
Connect to your cultural heritage and experience life within the fort’s walls. Fall asleep to nature’s little sounds and be taken back to a time 50 years ago when soldiers’ families inhabited Fort Rodd Hill during their summer camp-out.
What is oTENTik?
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!
- Five oTENTik tents available for accommodations. Each tent can accommodate up to six people.
- oTENTik is available from May 17th to October 14th.
- Check- in time: between 2pm and 5pm at the main entrance kiosk.
- Check-out time:
- The oTENTik needs to be vacated by 11am.
- Guests are welcome to stay and enjoy the site and the planned events and programs of that day.
Reservations begin April 1, 2013
You can call or email at any time. Please leave your name, a daytime contact phone number, and the days you want to book. We will phone you back within 24 hours.
Upon booking you will receive a pre-visit confirmation package with further detailed information about your stay at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites.
There is a minimum 3 night stay for the summer long weekends (weekends of May 17, August 5, and September 2). Also, tents will be unavailable on June 30th and July 1st due to Canada Day events.
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 for each day of your visit. 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: All costs incurred through the use of this reservation service must be paid by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) at the time of the transaction.
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Your oTENTik experience
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:
What comes with your oTENTik:
Inside the oTENTik tent:
- Sleeping area for up to six people
- A table with seating for up to six people
- One lantern with rechargeable batteries
- One broom and one dustpan
- A fire extinguisher
- Cooking equipment, dishes and utensils
- Lockbox for valuables
Outside the tent:
- Picnic table and chairs
- Share propane BBQ and accessories (propane included)
- An individual fire pit
- One complimentary bundle of firewood per night
- A common service building with toilets and water taps
- Shower facilities are within a five minute drive
- Additional firewood for purchase
- Free parking space for up to 2 vehicles (parking located outside the fort walls—100 metres)
- Several beaches to explore
What to bring (this list is not exhaustive):
- Sleeping bags, blankets and pillows
- Snacks and drinks
- Water container
- Slippers or indoor shoes
- Matches or lighter
- Camping chairs
- Insect repellent
- First Aid Kit
- Cards, games, books, ball and Frisbee, etc
Food and beverages
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
- Responsible use of alcohol is permitted between 5pm and 10pm within your camping area
What to do during your oTENTik retreat
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
- Be there during some of the special events
- Check-out our Artist in Residence Program (June to mid September) and participate in one of the Tuesday workshops
- Play with new high tech GPSpy Explora or the lighthouse state-of-the-art navigational video game
- Go bird and wildlife watching
- Go for walks
- Go on a Jeep Ride into the past
- Explore the three beaches
- Practice your photography
Your site 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 minute 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
In addition to the Historic Site’s rules and regulations, Parks Canada oTENTik users must abide by the following:
- A minimum of one adult per oTENTik must be at least 19 years of age.
- 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.
- Smoking is not permitted within the tents.
- Pets are not permitted within the tents or within the Fort.
- The following schedule will be in effect:
- Check-in from 1pm
- Check-out by 11am
- Quiet time (curfew) is from 10pm – 7am
- Only the use of personal headphones is allowed for listening to music in the fort.
- 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.
- You must collect your garbage and leave it in the receptacles designed for that purpose.