• General oTENTik information:

    Operating season (nights):
    • May 15 to October 12, 2020
    Reservable period (nights):
    • May 15 to October 11, 2020
    Reservable percentage:
    • 100% reservable
    Kiosk hours:
    • Lock Staff will be available between 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at minimum
    • https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/rideau/visit/heures-hours
    After hours registration:
    • If you plan on arriving to your oTENTik 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 lockstation for early check-in times.
    • Lockstations 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:
    • 1 Additional camping unit permitted.
    Cooking / Food preparation:
    • No cooking is allowed in the or Equipped Camping tents.
    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 and Equipped Camping tents.
    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 or the Equipped Camping tents.
    • 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
    Important Notices:
    • Rideau Canal oTENTiks & Equipped Camping Sites are NOT in OTTAWA.
    • Equipped Camping equipment is not set up ahead of time. It must be set up by the camper upon arrival.
    • There is no public transportation to the oTENTik & Equipped Camping sites.
    • Mooring and Lockage are not included in the oTENTik & Equipped Camping fees.
    • A minimum of one adult per site must be at least 19 years of age.
    • Some sites are only accessible by crossing the lock gates (a wooden structure with top and mid-rails) that are narrow – one person at a time and approximately 3 meters above the water. Having a flashlight is recommended.
    • Rideau Canal lockstations are not staffed overnight. After-Hour Emergencies should be directed to 911.

    oTENTik location:

    • Upper Nicholsons (Lock 19)

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

      GPS: 44.9513382, -75.81748240000002

      • oTENTiks: yes
      • Equipped Camping: no

    • Kilmarnock (Lock 24)

      1424 Kilmarnock Road, Montague, ON. (613) 283-3792

      GPS: 44.884583, -75.9304

      • oTENTiks: no
      • Equipped Camping: yes

    • Beveridges (Lock 34)

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

      GPS: 44.876966, -76.145462

      • oTENTiks: yes
      • Equipped Camping: yes

    • Chaffeys (Lock 37)

      11723 Chaffeys Lock Road, Rideau Lakes, ON. (613) 359-5914

      GPS: 44.579183, -76.319667

      • oTENTiks: no
      • Equipped Camping: yes

    • Upper Brewers (Lock 44)

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

      GPS: 44.4090604, -76.31701909999998

      • oTENTiks: yes
      • Equipped Camping: no

    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.

    Rideau Canal Equipped camping offer description:

    • • One 6-person Tent, Sleeping pads, Camping Pot & Pan set, Camp plates & cups, Camp Stove & Fuel, Camp lamp, Hand Broom & Dust Pan

    Inside the tent:

    • Table and seating area for 6 people
    • Interior lights and power
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Smoke and carbon monoxide detector
    • Broom and dustpan

    On the campsite:

    • 2 adult and 2 child Adirondack chairs
    • Barbeque with Propane and side burner

    What to bring?

    • Sleeping bags
    • Blankets and pillows
    • Food
    • Drinks and a water container (water tap nearby),
    • Cooking equipment
    • Dishes and eating utensils
    • Cooler
    • Matches or a lighter
    • Camping chairs
    • Slippers or indoor shoes
  • Fees


    • 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. However, if you do not have a reservation, please visit the lockstation, with the approval from a Lockmaster, you may still be able pitch your own tent. Campsite amenities, i.e. fire ring, picnic table are not guaranteed. $4.90 per person per night. Subject to conditions.

    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.