Parks Canada is almost doubling the number of its new oTENTik camping structures in national parks and other locations across the country.
According to the Windsor Star, an oTENTik is a cross between a tent and a cabin and is intended to add a degree of comfort to camping.
After rolling out a few dozen of the units in 2013, initially at La Mauricie National Park in Quebec, Parks Canada made 124 available across the country last year, mostly in national parks but also at a couple of national historic sites in B.C. This year the number of units will hit 238, said Francois Duclos, Parks Canada manager of visitor experience infrastructures.
“They’ve been incredibly popular,” Duclos said. “In most locations it’s difficult to keep up with the demand.”
Users include adults who camped as kids and now want to relive the experience without the hassles of setting up a tent and packing a ton of gear. As well, younger first-time campers are trying them out, Duclos said.
The normal cost ranges from $90 to $120 a night for a structure that can accommodate six people. That compares with $25 to $40 for typical campsites, which remain the No. 1 accommodation draw in national parks, Duclos said.
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