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Experience camping like never before!

Situated along the historic Rideau Canal, surrounded by nature, wildlife and boats locking through, the Rideau Canal claims some of the most beautiful waterside views Eastern Ontario. At Parks Canada, we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to experience these sites with our oTENTik accommodations at three locations; Upper Nicholsons, Upper Beveridges, and Upper Brewers.

Rideau Canal oTENTiks

You’re right on the water in a Rideau Canal oTENTik, so bring the canoe or kayak!

What is an oTENTik accommodation?

A cross between a tent and a rustic cedar cabin, an oTENTik is a unique accommodation for visitors to enjoy camping with the convenience of a bed and a campsite already set up and ready to go. This type of accommodation is the perfect way for families, friends and people of all ages to discover the joys of camping without the added investment of camping equipment.

An oTENTik offers a unique blend of warm comfort, coziness, and a taste of outdoor adventure. The accommodations provide an ideal base camp for people looking to explore the historical canal sites of the Rideau Canal, nearby nature trails, and easily accessible locations for canoes and kayaks.

More about oTENTiks

  • General oTENTik information:
    Operating season (nights):
    • May 17 to October 13, 2019
    Reservable period (nights):
    • May 17 to October 13, 2019
    Reservable percentage:
    • 100% reservable
    Kiosk hours:
    After hours registration:
    • If you plan on arriving outside of operational hours, please call the lockstations directly to obtain registration instructions as you may want to know about washroom access and purchasing wood for a campfire.
    Check in time:
    • 3 p.m. Early check-ins may be available. Visitors are encouraged to call the lock station for early check-in times.
    • Lock stations hours of operations are limited. Plan your arrivals in advance.
    Check out time:
    • Before 11 am.
    Quiet hours:
    • 11 pm - 6 am.
    Maximum length of stay:
    • No maximum
    Maximum persons per accommodation:
    • Up to 6 people.
    Maximum vehicles per accommodation:
    • 2 vehicles maximum
    Extra camping units allowed beside the accommodation:
    • No additional camping units permitted.
    Cooking / Food preparation:
    • No cooking is allowed in the oTENTiks.
    Generator policy:
    • No Generators provided. Use of generators is limited to 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Fire policy:
    • Firewood is sold by the bundle.
    • Campfires allowed in designated fire pits only.
    • In order to protect the local forests against invasive species, please do not bring firewood into the Canal site and only use the firewood available for purchase at the site.
    Alcohol and Cannabis Policy:
    • Possession and consumption of alcohol is enforced in accordance with the Ontario Liquor License Act. The act prohibits consuming or having an open container of liquor on docks, shelters and public areas. Liquor can be consumed at your camping site only.
    • Cannabis consumption is prohibited around cooking shelters and public areas, and is restricted to your campsite. Smoking is prohibited in the oTENTiks .
    Minimum age policy:
    • A minimum of one adult per oTENTik must be at least 19 years of age.
    Pet policy:
    • Animals other than certified service animals are not permitted inside the oTENTiks.
    • Pets are welcome at the lockstations, but must be kept on a leash at all times.
    Internet/Wi-Fi access:
    • Wi-Fi is not available at this section of the Rideau Canal.
    Mobile/Cell reception:
    • Yes

    oTENTik location:

    • Upper Nicholsons (Lock 19)

      121 Andrewsville Rd, Merrickville ON K0G 1N0. (613) 269-4631

      GPS: 44.9513382, -75.81748240000002

      • oTENTiks: yes

    • Beveridges (Lock 34)

      145 Beveridge Locks Rd, Perth ON K7H 3C7. (613) 267-2036

      GPS: 44.876966, -76.145462

      • oTENTiks: yes

    • Upper Brewers (Lock 44)

      4172 Canal Rd, South Frontenac ON. (613) 539-6847

      GPS: 44.4090604, -76.31701909999998

      • oTENTiks: yes

    Rideau Canal oTENTik description:

    • The oTENTik is a spacious blend of a tent and an A-frame cabin equipped with beds and furniture on a raised floor.
    • Please note: there is no electricity, plumbing or running water in the tents.
  • Fees


    • oTENTik costs $100/night
    • Equipped Camping costs $70/night
    • No daily entry fee required
    • Visitors arriving by boat will be required to pay a mooring fee
    • For information regarding fees for Rideau Canal please see our Fees page.
  • If there is no vacancy for your dates:
    • With 100% reservable sites for oTENTiks and Equipped Camping, there are no extra sites when the site is full.
    Require additional information?

    Reservation service:

    General site information:

    • Telephone: 1-888-773-8888
      • 8 am to 8 pm Eastern Time, April to September
      • 10 am to 6 pm Eastern Time, October to March
      • RIDEAU CANAL VISITOR SERVICES: 613-283-5170 Ext. 205
    Terms and definitions
    Guests select the specific campsite or accommodation when they make their reservation. All front-country camping reservations made through the Parks Canada Reservation Service (PCRS) are site-specific reservations.
    Operating Season (Nights)
    The "Operating Season" is the nights that the campground is open. Sometimes the campgrounds are open for longer than the period for which they accept reservations. Any dates of the "Operating Season" outside of the "Reservable Period" are dates that the campground operates on a first come, first served basis only.
    Reservable Period (Nights)
    The "Reservable Period" is the nights for which you can make a camping or accommodation reservation. Note that many campgrounds may be open longer than this period, and operate outside of these dates on a first-come, first-served basis.
    The administration/entrance booth of a particular campground, this is where you "check-in" and register your arrival.
    Car, truck, motorcycle, truck-camper, motorhome, or recreational vehicle. A motor home pulling another vehicle may count as two vehicles.
    Camping Unit
    Tent, tent-trailer, truck-camper, trailer, 5th wheel, motorhome or recreational vehicle.
    Serviced Site

    Refers to a campsite offering either electrical, water, and/or sewer hook-ups or any combination of these services directly on the campsite. Fully-serviced sites offer electrical, potable water, and sewer hook-ups. "Unserviced" sites do not offer any of these hook-ups.

    The terms "serviced" and "unserviced" refer to the individual campsites; they do not refer to the washroom facilities or other amenities available at the campground.

    Drive-through Site
    Campsite where the driver does not have to reverse their vehicle to exit (there is a separate entrance and exit to the individual campsite). Ideal for larger vehicles and trailers.
    Walk-in Site
    Campsite which requires some degree of walking to access the site, and therefore requires a tent. Vehicle will be parked a short distance away.
    Overflow Site
    Overflow campsites vary from park to park, and may range from a paved area to park a camping unit (not generally suitable for tents) to a more traditional, grassy site. They are unserviced and are not reservable.
    Accessible Site
    A campsite which is accessible to guests with limited mobility.

    A designated structure for campfires located on a campsite. Check availability, as not all campsites offer a fire pit. In some parks, a fire permit is required to have a fire.

    In some parks, only communal firepits are available, and access is shared with other guests.

    Fire permit
    In some campgrounds, guests will require a valid fire permit to have a campfire. A fire permit may include firewood. Please refer to the ‘Fire policy’ section of the QRT for individual campground policies.
    In some campgrounds firewood is sold by the bundle, whereas in others a fire permit may give the holder access to the campground wood pile. Please refer to the ‘Fire policy’ section of the QRT for individual campground policies.
    First-come, First-served Site
    Campsites that are available on a first come, first served basis only. These sites are only available to guests who are physically located at the campground. These sites cannot be registered over the telephone or on-line. These campsites may be available for only 1 night or for multiple nights depending on availability.
    Shoulder Season
    Shoulder season refers to the season before and after the peak season. While many campgrounds remain open outside of their peak season, the services offered during this period may be limited (please check with the park for more details).
    Entrance Pass
    A valid National Park Entrance Pass is required for all visitors to National Parks that have entry fees.
    Daily Entrance Pass
    A daily entrance pass permits visitor’s unlimited entry to the specified park on a per day basis for the period of time indicated.
    Annual/Seasonal Entrance Pass
    An annual or seasonal entrance pass permits visitor’s unlimited entry to the specified park for the period of time indicated.
    Parks Canada Discovery Pass
    The Parks Canada Discovery Pass permits visitors unlimited entry to the participating Parks Canada national parks and national historic sites across Canada, for a period of 12 months.