An overnight stay alongside Parks Canada’s historic canals is a unique way to experience life on the locks while creating warm memories with your friends and family. Choose from historic homes, scenic campsites and our unique oTENTik accommodations at various points along the Ontario and Quebec waterways. Easily accessed by land or water, these affordable overnight options allow you to plan the perfect trip for yourself or with a group.

Camping at lockstations

Please note: Camping is only available along select historic canals and waterways in Ontario

Spend the evening in a tent at most lockstations along the Rideau Canal National Historic Site or Trent-Severn Waterway. Bring your own gear, or book an Equipped Campsite (where available) and let Parks Canada provide you with the supplies you need to set up your tent and cook your meals. Camping is generally permitted on a first-come first-serve basis and at the discretion of the lockmaster. Some reservable sites exist along the Rideau Canal. Camping at lockstations is free for boaters who have purchased an overnight mooring permit.


A cross between a rustic cabin and a tent, it's an original way to combine the comforts of home and adventure. Take advantage of the joys of the outdoors with a good bed and an already prepared campsite.

What to expect

Please note: There is no electricity, plumbing, running water or heat source inside the oTENTik.

Each oTENTik site has its own unique charm and varying access to nearby facilities. Be sure to confirm the details of specific oTENTik sites before booking, to know if it is right for you and your plans.

Standard amenities:

  • Sleeps 5 to 6 people: 3 to 5 mattresses (single/double)
  • Indoor table and bench/chairs
  • Lighting (electric, solar or battery powered lamp)
  • Parking (1 or 2 vehicles)


The oTENTik experience is available along the following waterways:

Reserve your oTENTik
Phone number: 1-877-RESERVE (737-3783)

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Historic accommodations

Beveridges Lockmaster's House on the Rideau Canal National Historic Site

Live like a lockmaster inside one of the beautifully restored historic homes along the Rideau Canal National Historic Site. Parks Canada has preserved much of the original 19th century construction in these heritage accommodations and have updated the interiors with modern amenities, spacious common areas, and comfortable beds. These short-term vacation rentals are suitable for families and small groups, and easily accessed by land and water. Book a stay in one of these special accommodations and claim your place in history.

More information about historic accommodations