Two photo. One with a family having at a picnic table in a camping. The other is a ready-to-camp tent.

6 three-season ready-to-camp oTENTik accommodations are now available on the downstream end of Darvard Island at the Saint-Ours Canal.

A cross between a tent and a rustic cabin, Parks Canada oTENTik accommodations offer a unique blend of homey comfort and a taste of outdoor adventure. It’s an ideal way for families, friends and couples to enjoy outdoors without all the muss and fuss.

Fees and schedule

  • $120 per night per unit (taxes included)
  • The 6 units will be available until September 18, 2017 included

How to get there

The Saint-Ours Canal runs along Route 133 North. 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.

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General information

  • Each oTENTik can accommodate up to 6 people, including a maximum of 4 adults
  • Check-in time: From 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Self-service check-in from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • Check-out time: 11 a.m.
  • Check-out time for non-campers: 10 p.m.
  • Quiet time: from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.
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Make a reservation to stay in an oTENTik via the Parks Canada Reservation Service. This Website has all the information you need regarding terms of use as well as details concerning the refund policy.

Telephone: 1-877-737-3783 (1-877-RESERVE) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Telephone (Outside of North America): 1-519-826-5391
TTY: 1-866-787-6221

Equipment and facilities

The ready-to-camp formula allows you to experience nature and the great outdoors in total comfort. The oTENTik comes equipped to facilitate and simplify your experience.

Inside the oTENTik:

  • 1 table, 4 chairs and 1 bench
  • 3 double beds with mattress
  • 1 lantern with rechargeable batteries
  • 1 broom and 1 dustpan
  • 1 coffee machine
  • 1 dishwashing tub and dishcloth
  • All items necessary for the preparation and service of meals
  • Solar lighting
  • Fire extinguisher, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

On site:

  • 1 barbecue (tools and propane included)
  • A picnic table
  • 4 folding chairs
  • 1 fire pit for campfires


  • Parking space for a maximum of 1 vehicle (parking fee for additional vehicle)
  • Day and night mooring wharfs for boats
  • A common service building (showers and toilets)
  • Washing station
  • Sale of firewood – visitor centre
  • Carts to carry luggage
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Equipment to bring

Users must bring whatever other supplies and equipment they will need for their entire length of stay in oTENTik. The following is a non-exhaustive list of equipment to bring:

  • Bedding (sleeping bags, blankets and pillows)
  • Food, drink and container for water
  • Clothing and personal belongings
  • Cooler
  • Flashlight
  • Matches or lighter
  • Insect repellent
  • Dishcloth and rag
  • Bath towel

Additional information

Parking is located at the entrance of the Saint-Ours Canal. oTENTik accommodations are located less than a 5-minute walk from the parking lot, on the other side of the canal, as well as from the mooring wharfs.

Several activities are offered at Darvard Island and close to the oTENTik site. Onsite staff will be delighted to advise you on your choice of activities.

A few minutes away from your campsite:

  • Picnic area
  • Pedestrian trails
  • Lock and dam
  • Vianney-Legendre fishway (according to schedule)
  • Exhibit at the Superintendent's House

A few minutes away by bike or by car:

  • Bicycle touring
  • Heritage circuit
  • Garden along the Richelieu River, playground, training circuit and a farm
  • Snack-bar
  • Saint-Ours municipal boat ramp
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A few rules concerning Parks Canada oTENTik

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 license plate-bearing vehicle (parking fee for additional vehicle);
    • 1 kitchen shelter (no tent).
  • Inside the oTENTIk it is forbidden to:
    • Cook food;
    • Use gas or propane lanterns;
    • Smoke.
  • oTENTik users must behave in a respectful manner and must:
    • Respect quiet hours from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.;
    • Limit their alcohol consumption to 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.
  • All domestic animals must be kept on a leash at all times and cannot be left unattended. They are forbidden:
    • Inside the oTENTik at all times;
    • On the accommodation site after quiet hours.
  • It is prohibited to jump, dive, or swim in the canal and near the approach wharfs, as strong undercurrents make the area dangerous.