Camping in 2020

Unfortunately, due to measures taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Trent Severn Waterway will be unable to offer “car camping”, or experiences reserved through Parks Canada’s online reservation system, such as oTENTiks, for the remainder of the 2020 Navigation Season


The oTENTik sites at the Douro lockstation will be closed for maintenance until further notice.

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

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 Trent-Severn Waterway, nearby nature trails, and easily accessible locations for canoes and kayaks.

General oTENTik information
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
Inside
  • Bunk-bed style beds on a raised floor with enough room to comfortably sleep 5-6 people*
  • Indoor table and bench/chairs
  • Interior lights
  • A solar-powered 12V light, phone charger and outlet
  • 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
  • Deck chairs
  • Daily vehicle parking lot located near the lockstation
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 Trent-Severn Waterway.

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. Campfires allowed in designated fire pits only.

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 sites on the Trent-Severn Waterway

Douro (Lock 24)
(Closed for maintenance until further notice)