Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site

The 2023 season is now over.

Come and experience a holiday in an oTENTik and be enchanted by the landscape and the rural charms of the region.

Experience camping like never before!

There are 6 oTENTik units on Darvard Island, an ideal location for spending a few days off, at the rhythm of the Richelieu River and the boats passing through the lock. An alternative to camping that offers you a one-of-a-kind experience!

A cross between a tent and a rustic cedar cabin, each unit is furnished and equipped with everything you need to cook. All you have to bring is sleeping bags, pillows and food. An original getaway in the open-air that is comfortable and hassle-free!

Discover our oTENTik accommodations in the Saint-Ours Canal by looking at our photo gallery. Take a look at our photo gallery.

Important information

General Information
Operating season
  • Weekends from June 2 to 18, 2023
  • Every day from June 23 to September 4, 2023
  • Weekends from September 8 to 24, 2023
Contact us
Check-in time:
Check-out time
  • The departures are at 11 a.m.
Quiet hours
  • 11 p.m. to  7 a.m.
Maximum persons per accommodation:
  • Each oTENTik accommodation unit sleeps up to 6 people with a maximum of 4 adults
  • oTENTik sites are located less than 5 minutes walk from the parking lot, which is on the other side of the canal. You can borrow a trolley to transport your luggage
  • Parking is included in the accommodation fee. Charges apply for an additional vehicle
  • For boaters: Docking fees are not included in the oTENTik fees and locations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Consult the docking fees
Generator policy
  • Generators are not allowed
Minimum age
  • A minimum of one adult per oTENTik is required
Wi-Fi access:
  • No Internet access in this area
Lockstation hours
What is included
  • a double mattress and 4 single mattresses
  • a table for 6 and a storage cabinet containing all the equipment necessary for preparing meals
    • 6 plates, bowls, utensils, cups, glasses and wine glass
    • coffee percolator,
    • pots
    • pans
    • strainer
    • cutting board
    • can opener
    • bottle opener
    • cooking tools
    • dishes tray and dishwashing soap
  • an auxiliary heater
  • a rechargeable battery lantern, LED lighting and a USB port for recharging small electronic devices, both powered by solar energy
  • broom and dust cover

Please note: there is no electricity, plumbing or running water in the units.

  • barbecue with a plate warmer for cooking (includes tools and propane)
  • picnic table and four camping chairs
  • fire pit for campfires

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What to bring

What to bring to fully enjoy your oTENTik stay:

  • sleeping bags, blankets and pillows (bring extra blankets or warm sleeping bags for the cool September nights)
  • clothing, personal belongings and slippers or indoor shoes
  • towels
  • cooler
  • food and beverages
  • a reusable water container
  • dishcloth and rag
  • flashlights
  • mosquito repellent
  • matches or lighter for the campfire

The closest grocery store is located in Saint-Ours, less than 3 km from the site. A café is also within walking distance.

Our facilities and services
  • washrooms with toilets and showers
  • outdoor water supply with two sinks to wash the dishes
  • carts available for transporting your luggage
  • firewood - available at the reception kiosk ($)
  • ice - available at the reception kiosk ($)
  • table games and outdoor games
Visitor guidelines

In addition to the Historic Canals Regulations, here are some rules that will allow oTENTik users to experience oTENTik accommodations comfortably and safely:

  • The use of campsites is restricted to no more than:
    • 6 people including a maximum of 4 adults and a minimum of one person who is at least 18 years of age
    • 1 licence plate-bearing vehicle (parking fee for an additional vehicle)
    • 1 kitchen shelter (no tent)
  • Inside the oTENTIk accommodation it is forbidden to:
    • Cook food
    • Use gas or propane lanterns
    • Smoking/vaping tobacco or cannabis
  • oTENTik users must behave in a respectful manner and must:
    • Respect quiet hours (between 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.)
    • Limit their use of alcohol and cannabis to the limits of their accommodation site
    • Keep one’s site clean and return the equipment used to the same condition as what it was upon arrival
  • Campfires are allowed only in provided fire pits and firewood must be purchased on the site. It is forbidden to:
    • Collect wood from the forest
    • Bring firewood
    • Use portable fireplaces and barbecues except those provided by Parks Canada
  • Pets are forbidden inside the oTENTik and on the accommodation site after the quiet hours
  • It is forbidden to swim in the canal and near the approach wharfs, as strong undercurrents make the area dangerous
Getting here

The Saint-Ours Canal runs along Route 133 North at 2930 Chemin des Patriotes Saint-Ours QC J0G 1P0.

From Montreal:

Take Highway 10, Richelieu Exit. Take Chemin des Patriotes (Route 133) North towards Sorel.


take Highway 20, Exit Mont Saint-Hilaire and follow the signs.

Live the oTENTik experience

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Young family walking on the doors of the Saint-Ours Canal lock Young family walking on the lawn to their place of accommodation

The mother takes her daughter in her arms Dad plays guitar alongside his daughter

Mom pushes a stroller Mum and daughter laugh and clap their hands

The girl holds the hand of her father

Closeup of dad with the girl on his shoulders

Little boy in a stroller Image of an oTENTIk at the end of the day Image of a steak grilled on a bbq

Little girl chears with her parent Little girl running in the grass

Mom goes up the stairs of the oTENTik

The family plays board games in the tent

The little girl gives a kiss to her brother Little girl running in the grass

A bread that grills on fire, the little girl takes it later Little boy takes a bite of the steak

Little girl toasting marshmallow on fire

Mom reads a story to her daughter Beyond the day-to-day

Live the oTENTIk, an hour from Montreal parkscanada.gc.ca/stourscanal

Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by par Parks Canada, 2017

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