Love the idea of camping, but hate the sleeping-on-the-ground, freezing-your-butt-off, rain-soaking-through-tent-walls aspect of camping?
Parks Canada has announced they will build twenty oTENTik (authentic) tents in Banff and Kootenay mountain parks this summer.
The tents - described as "a cross between a prospector’s tent and a cabin in the woods" - are the latest in camping luxury. Made with wooden frames and hardwood floors, they have tightly stretched canvas covering a sleeping and living area that comes with two queen-sized beds, a double bed and a table and chairs.
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“Parks Canada’s oTENTiks will offer a unique blend of homey comfort and a taste of outdoor adventure, and are ideal for visitors who want to discover the joys of camping but prefer the comfort of a bed and a campsite already set up,” said Tracy Thiessen, Parks Canada’s Executive Director of the mountain national parks said in a press release.
In order to keep away wildlife, campers who rent an oTENTik tent will be prohibited from eating, cooking or storing food in the tents, but have access to fire pits, storage lockers, sinks, picnic tables and garbage bins.
oTENTik tents are currently available for rent through Parks Canada in Manitoba and Quebec and will open for campers in Alberta in July.
The tents will rent for $150 a night in Banff National Park and $145 a night in Kootenay National Park.