Family fun in Alberta in 48 hours or less

Family fun in Alberta in 48 hours or less

Discover TENTiks

The Exclusive Camping Experience with Parks Canada

TENTik canvas tent at Whistlers Campground in Jasper National Park. Credit: Parks Canada / Ryan Bray

If you’re planning a camping trip in one of Canada’s national parks, you might have come across the term “TENTik.” Exclusive to Parks Canada, TENTiks offer a unique and comfortable way to experience the great outdoors. Here’s everything you need to know about TENTiks, including their pros and cons, how to book them, and some helpful tips and hints.

What Are TENTiks?

TENTiks are a type of semi-permanent, canvas-walled tent available exclusively in Parks Canada campgrounds. They combine the rustic charm of traditional camping with some of the comforts of cabin accommodations. TENTiks are an excellent option for those who want to enjoy the outdoors without the hassle of setting up a tent.


  • Durable Canvas Construction: Sturdy walls and roof to protect against the elements.
  • Wooden Floors: Provides a solid base, making the interior more comfortable and clean.
  • Raised Beds: Equipped with mattresses, offering a good night’s sleep without sleeping on the ground.
  • Basic Furniture: Includes a table and chairs for indoor activities.
  • Lighting: Often equipped with solar-powered lighting.
  • Outdoor Space: A covered deck area with picnic tables and, in some locations, fire pits.

Pros of TENTiks

Ease of Setup: No need to bring or set up your own tent. Ideal for beginners or those looking for a hassle-free camping experience.

Comfort: Raised beds with mattresses are more comfortable than sleeping on the ground. Wooden floors keep you dry and clean.

Weather Protection: Durable canvas and sturdy construction provide good protection against wind and rain.

Convenience: Includes basic furniture and lighting, making it easier to relax and enjoy your stay.

Accessibility: Many TENTik sites are located near amenities like washrooms and showers.

Cons of TENTiks

Cost: More expensive than a traditional tent site. Prices can vary depending on the location and season.

Availability: Limited number of TENTiks available, especially in popular parks. Can book up quickly during peak seasons.

Less Flexibility: You still need to bring some camping gear, like bedding and cooking supplies. Not as versatile as having your own tent, especially for backcountry or remote camping.

Not Completely Private: Located within established campgrounds, so you may have neighbors nearby.

How to Book a TENTik

  1. Visit the Parks Canada Reservation Service
  2. Select Your park, dates and how many places you need.
  3. Choose TENTik Accommodations
  4. Confirm and Prepare

Tips and Hints for Staying in a TENTik

  1. Book Early: TENTiks are popular, especially during peak seasons, so book as early as possible.
  2. Bring Essentials: Although TENTiks are well-equipped, remember to bring sleeping bags or bedding, cooking equipment, and personal items.
  3. Check the Weather: While TENTiks provide good weather protection, it’s always good to be prepared for changes in weather conditions.
  4. Explore the Area: Take advantage of the park’s amenities and nearby trails, lakes, and activities.
  5. Respect Park Rules:  Follow all park regulations to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.
  6. Pack Light: TENTiks offer a mix of comfort and rustic charm, so pack light to make the most of the space.

Final Thoughts

TENTiks offer a fantastic way to enjoy Canada’s national parks with added comfort and convenience. They are perfect for families, beginners, and anyone looking for a hassle-free camping experience. By following the tips and hints provided, you can ensure a memorable and enjoyable stay in one of these unique accommodations. Happy camping!