Experience camping like never before!

Situated along the historic Rideau Canal surrounded by nature, Parks Canada oTENTik sites claim some of the most beautiful waterside views in Eastern Ontario. Whether you're travelling by water or by land, these unique accommodations will ensure that you make wonderful new memories along your journey. Wave at boaters locking through, explore the grounds around the historic site, or simply relax by the fire in a lawn chair.

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 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.

Reservations

Reservable period (2020)

Date: May 15 - October 12

National Reservation Service
Phone number: 1-877-RESERVE (737-3783)


What to expect

Please note: There is no electricity, plumbing, running water or heat source inside the oTENTik.

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 sites of the Rideau Canal, nearby nature trails, and easily accessible locations for canoes and kayaks.

General oTENTik information
Operating season (nights):
  • May 15 to October 12, 2020
Cost:
  • $102.21/night
  • $91.98/night (September 8 to October 11, 2020)
Staff hours:
After hours registration:
  • If you plan on arriving outside of operational hours, please call the lockstations directly to obtain registration instructions, plus information on washroom access and purchasing wood for a campfire
Check-in time:
  • 3:00 pm
  • Early check-ins may be available. Visitors are encouraged to call the lock station for early check-in times
  • Lockstation hours of operations are limited. Plan your arrivals in advance
Check-out time:
  • Before 11:00 am
Quiet hours:
  • 10:00 pm - 7:00 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
Generator policy:
  • No Generators provided. Use of generators is limited to 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Minimum age policy:
  • A minimum of one adult (19 years of age or older) per oTENTik is required
Internet/Wi-Fi access:
  • Wi-Fi is not available at this section of the Rideau Canal
Mobile/Cell reception:
  • Yes
What's included
New in 2020
A personal canoe and safety gear for up to 3 passengers is now included on-site with your oTENTik rental.
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Inside
  • Bunk-bed style beds on a raised floor with enough room to comfortably sleep 5-6 people*
  • Indoor table and bench/chairs
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Fire extinguisher; smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Ample storage space under beds for gear and belongings

*Please note: blankets and pillows are not provided.

Outside
  • Food storage unit
  • Food preparation station
  • Propane BBQ and propane
  • Fire pit
  • Picnic table
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Parking for 1-2 vehicles
Facilities
  • Basic on-site washroom facilities are located within walking distance at the nearby lockstation
  • Potable water is available at the lockstation
  • Additional amenities (such as showers and dishwashing sinks) vary by location

Please see individual site descriptions below for more detailed information

What to bring
  • Bedding and pillow(s)
  • Flashlight, lantern or headlamp
  • Personal gear: clothing, accessories, toiletries and slippers or indoor shoes
  • Personal safety items: whistle, first aid kit, sunscreen and bug repellant
  • Cooking equipment
  • Food and drinks, reusable water bottles, etc.
  • Entertainment (i.e. binoculars, books, cards, sporting equipment, etc.)
  • Other (matches or lighter, rope, etc.)
Visitor guidelines

Rules that apply to the other camping sites along the Rideau Canal also apply to Parks Canada oTENTik sites. Before you visit, please review all Visitor Guidelines.


Pets

Only guide dogs or support animals are allowed inside the oTENTik structures. Pets in the park must be leashed at all times.

Cooking
For safety reasons, cooking is NOT allowed inside the oTENTik. Please use the outdoor propane bbqs or firepits provided.
Cleaning
The oTENTik must be cleaned prior to departure. Please use the broom and dustpan provided.
Garbage and recycling

If you accumulate any garbage or recycling during your stay, please use the bins located at the lockstation.

Storing food

Please store food, drinks, and scented products securely in the metal storage bins supplied on your oTENTik site so that wildlife does not seek access to your oTENTik. Please do not leave any garbage or recycling in the storage boxes upon departure.

Swimming

Swimming, diving and bathing are strictly prohibited at all navigation channels along the Rideau Canal.

Alcohol and cannabis

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 rented oTENTik site ONLY.

Cannabis consumption is prohibited around cooking shelters and public areas, and is restricted to your campsite. Smoking is prohibited in the oTENTiks.

Firewood

Firewood can not be brought into the park. Firewood must be purchased within the site and is available at the lockstation for the cost of $6.80.

Protect your forests from the Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer is a highly destructive invasive insect which attacks and kills all species of ash. It has the capability to spread rapidly throughout trees and forests. A single piece of infected firewood can be detrimental to thousands of trees and forests.


oTENTik locations on the Rideau Canal

Upper Nicholsons


Location: 101-167 Andrewsville Rd, Merrickville, ON
Overview

Upper Nicholsons is a calm, peaceful lockstation located on a cutaway that was specifically designed to bypass a beautiful set of rapids on the adjacent Rideau River. There are two oTENTik sites near to each other in a private clearing amongst the trees, giving you a sunny and private place to picnic and play. Drive or cycle in easily from the road, or arrive by water through the Upper or Lower lockstations. Showers and dishwashing stations on-site provide the comforts you need to enjoy a longer stay.

Getting here

Getting here by land
  • Upper Nicholsons lockstation is accessed by Burritts Rapids Road or Heritage Drive, north of Merrickville
  • From Merickville: follow Highway 15 north Burritts Rapids Road; turn left on Andrewsville Road
  • From Ottawa area: follow Highway 416 S; turn right on Highway 43; right onto Davis Road; left onto Burritts Rapids road, and right onto Andrewsville Road
Getting here by water
  • From Merrickville: follow the Rideau River north to Upper Nicholsons lockstation
  • You can moor your vessel at Upper Nicholsons lockstation
  • Learn more about overnight mooring

Amenities
  • Washrooms, potable water and sinks for washing dishes available at lockstation
  • Propane BBQ and propane
  • Private fire pit and lawn chairs
  • 17ft canoe and safety gear for up to 3 people at paddle dock
Things to do
  • Birdwatch at the Osprey nest close by, mounted atop a specially made platform
  • Learn more about the historical period during which the canal was built by wandering up to McGuigan Cemetery
  • Stroll to the Rideau River and observe the rapids

Reserve your oTENTik!

Phone number: 1-877-RESERVE
(1-877-737- 3783)

Upper Beveridges


Location: 171 Beveridges Lock Road, Drummond/North Elmsley, ON
Overview

Upper Beveridges is a secluded camp tucked into the treeline adjacent to the canal, where the Rideau meets the Tay. With four oTENTiks to choose from, each one equipped with its own outdoor cooking shelter and campfire area, this is a great spot to bring your family or a group of friends for the weekend. Drive or cycle in easily from the highway, or arrive by water through the Upper or Lower lockstations. Additional amenities at this site make it easier to extend your stay. Or simply pop in for the night on the way to your next destination.

Getting here

Getting here by land
  • Upper Beveridges lockstation is accessed by Port Elmsley Rd/County Rd 18
  • From Smith Falls: follow County Road 43 to County Road 18; turn left on Beveridges Lock Road
  • From Kingston area: follow Highway 15 N to Rideau Ferry Road/Country Road 1; turn right on Port Elmsley Road
Getting here by water
  • From Perth: follow the Tay Canal to Upper Beveridges lockstation
  • From Lower Rideau Lake, moor your vessel at Lower Beveridges lockstation or lock through in your canoe or kayak and access paddle docks at Upper Beveridges lockstation
  • Learn more about overnight mooring

Amenities
  • Washrooms with showers, potable water, and sinks for washing dishes are available at lockstation
  • Propane bbq and propane under covered outdoor shelter
  • Private fire pit and lawn chairs
  • Paddle dock for canoes and kayaks
Things to do
  • Take a paddling trip up the Tay Canal towards Perth
  • Play outdoor activities on the lawn outside your oTENTik
  • Explore the historic upper and lower lockstations and chat with boaters locking through

Reserve your oTENTik!

Phone number: 1-877-RESERVE
(1-877-737- 3783)

Upper Brewers


Location: 3000 Brewers Mills Road, Kingston, ON
Overview

Upper Brewers has two oTENTik sites situated on a gorgeous peninsula at water’s edge. This spacious lockstation not far from Kingston’s city centre is the perfect spot to plan a weekend family getaway. Let the kids run around the sprawling lawns while you take the dog for a walk along the banks of the canal. Brewers is also a nice place to simply tie your vessel off for the night after a long day on the water. With outdoor cooking, picnic spots, and showers all available on-site, plus friendly lock staff who will be sure to make you feel at home, you have everything you need at Brewers to sit back and enjoy an authentic camping experience just outside the city.

Getting here
Getting here by land
  • Upper Brewers lockstation is accessed by Brewers Mills Road via Hwy 15
Getting here by water

Amenities
  • Washrooms, potable water and sinks for washing dishes available at lockstation
  • Propane bbq and propane under covered outdoor shelter
  • Private fire pit and lawn chairs
  • Paddle dock for canoes and kayaks
Things to do
  • Take a paddling trip in your canoe or kayak
  • Play outdoor activities on the lawn outside your oTENTik
  • Explore the historic upper and lower lockstations and chat with boaters locking through

Reserve your oTENTik!

Phone number: 1-877-RESERVE
(1-877-737- 3783)