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Thursday, April 18, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Gimme shelter, especially in an oTENTik

Oh how do we love you, oTENTik? Let us count the ways.

While traveling through the Yukon on our epic Alaska Highway road trip, we have spent many a night camping, both in our tent and in RVs.

When we came to Kluane National Park near Haines Junction, Yukon, we decided to try out Parks Canada's oTENTik structures. What a great discovery.

Here are just some of the reasons we love them:

They're warm and dry. The oTENTik is essentially a cabin, with a tent-like top. Think super-yurt. They come with wood stoves and a large living room to hang out in during the cold nights out.

They're well equipped. The oTENTik has a large picnic table, a two-burner outdoor cooking stove, and an outdoor bug-proof shelter space. They also have spacious decks and food storage lockers. Inside, their solar-powered electricity provides lighting and USB charging ports.

They sleep a large group. It was just us in our oTENTik, but we could have had six people and been comfortable.

They're affordable. We paid $76 USD to stay in the oTENTik. That felt like a bargain to overnight in one of Canada's most beautiful parks. Sure it was much more than the $15 tent-camping fee, but when the rain hit during the night and the grizzly bears wandered through the woods nearby, we stayed warm and safe inside our shelter.

Like so many things in Canada, the oTENTik is a progressive idea for those wanting to have a little luxury in their camping experience. Try it out at your next stay in a Canadian national park.


John Nelson is a freelance writer.