Ottawa's Urban Camping: June 29 to July 4, 2017
Ottawa welcomes the world to the Nation’s Capital for the celebrations of Canada’s 150th birthday. Be part of the red and white party for your unforgettable Canada Day experience!
In order to create extra accommodation space to allow as many people as possible to enjoy the 2017 Canada Day festivities, Ottawa City Council has created a unique urban camping experience in select City parking lots and green spaces for tents and RVs as a family-friendly option for accommodations.
Urban Camping is a unique way to explore Ottawa. Pitch your tent in one of our grassy camp sites and head into the nearby recreation centre to cool off in the wave pool. Watch Canada Day fireworks from the door of your RV. With many sites to choose from, you’re sure to find something that suits your interests.
Most of our sites are located in close proximity to City recreation facilities. Campers at those locations will have access to showers and toilets and, for a small extra fee, can access weight room, pool and gym amenities.
Terms and Conditions
The City of Ottawa wants to ensure that Urban Camping is a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone: campers of all ages as well as residents living close by. All campers must review and abide by the Terms and Conditions for Urban Camping. In particular, you should be aware that:
- Campers are expected to behave in a manner that is respectful and non-disruptive;
- Propane BBQs are permitted, however charcoal BBQs, open fires and fireworks are not;
- Visitors welcome from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m.
What to bring
In addition to your luggage and camping gear, folding chairs or tables are recommended. Campers should be aware that urban camp sites do not include tables or seating. Some sites may have lighting in the evening but tent campers should bring flashlights to light their way from the parking lot to their site. All park lights are turned off at 11 p.m., with the exception of security lighting.
Tent sites are all located within walking distance of the parking lot, however we recommend that you travel light and favour backpacks over rolling suitcases.
There are two types of urban camping packages available:
Voyageur Package (5 night stay)
Arrive on Thursday, June 29 and enjoy five nights of fireworks, festivities and fun before departing on Tuesday July 4. With festivities planned throughout the Ottawa valley, there is plenty to keep you busy!
Portage Package (3 night stay)
The Portage package is a shorter stay centred on the Canada Day weekend. Arrive on Friday June 30, just in time for the biggest party in Canada, and enjoy three amazing nights before departing on Monday July 3. Will you head home after your portage, or keep the adventure going? Up to you!
All campgrounds are located near City of Ottawa bus routes (OC Transpo).
Fees (includes HST)
|Package||Early Bird Registration||Regular Registration (March 1)|
|Tent||Voyageur (5 night)||$282.50||$339|
|Portage (3 night)||Not available||$220.50|
|Regular RV||Voyageur (5 night)||$706.25||$847.50|
|Portage (3 night)||Not available||$542.50|
|Long RV||Voyageur (5 night)||$988.75||$1, 130|
|Portage (3 night)||Not available||$712|
Early bird registration is available for a limited number of Voyageur Packages until February 28.
Regular registration begins March 1 at 9 a.m. until June 15, 2017 for Voyageur and Portage Packages.
Details about each camping area can be found in the map and table below. Click on a location in the map to find out more or compare locations using the table. To register, select the "Registration" link. Your payment in full and acceptance of the terms and conditions of Urban Camping is all you need. Bring a copy of your receipt when you arrive at the camp site.
A number of fully accessible RV sites are available, primarily at the Nepean Sportsplex and Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex. If you have mobility or other accessibility requirements, please identify them to us when you register. City staff will contact you to discuss how we can best accommodate your needs. Due to the locations of the camping areas, not all tent sites are accessible.
Partial refunds of the registration fee (50% minus a $15 administration fee) will be issued until April 30, 2017, only. No refunds will be issued after April 30, 2017.
RV Camping site details
- All RV camping sites are for one RV or one trailer/vehicle combo.
- Each site can accommodate eight people in the RV/trailer.
- No sleeping tents allowed.
- Recreational vehicle fees are based on the length of the vehicle, with the higher fee charged to vehicles over 33 feet in length.
- Sites are assigned upon arrival. If you wish to camp beside another person, you MUST arrive together (no saving spots).
- There are two dimensions of regular RV sites
- 25 feet x 33 feet; and
- 17 feet x 51 feet
- Long RV sites are approximately 17 feet x 68 feet.
- Passenger vehicles must be detached from the towed unit if the two together exceed the length of the assigned site.
- Each RV must be parked as instructed by the City of Ottawa representatives.
- Campers must respect the boundaries of the site assigned to them in order to avoid obstructing roads and pathways. The RV or trailer/vehicle and any equipment must stay within the site boundaries.
- Generators may be used only between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.
Tent Camping Site details
- Tent site packages include registration for one vehicle and up to six people per site.
- Sites are assigned upon arrival.
- If you wish to camp beside another person, you MUST arrive together (no saving spots).
- Tent camping sites are 25 feet X 25 feet, plus a parking space for one (1) passenger vehicle (i.e. cars, pickup trucks and SUVs) in an onsite parking lot.
- Only vehicles assigned an Urban Camping parking permit may enter the campsite.
- If you require more than 25 feet X 25 feet, or wish to bring more than one passenger vehicle, you must register for an additional site.
- Campers must respect the boundaries of the site assigned to them in order to avoid obstructing roads and pathways. Tents and any equipment must not protrude beyond the site boundaries.
Any change in site must be approved by the City of Ottawa representative.
Inquiries may be sent to: email@example.com.