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Sleeping in a tent is a summer rite of passage in Manitoba, and late-night storytelling, find-the-flashlight drills and giggle fits are pretty much compulsory. But there comes a time when rolling out of a ground-level bed in the morning can be a wee bit awkward.
Enter the Otentik. Designed and made in Canada, Otentiks are A-frame shelters that are a cross between a cabin and a roomy prospector tent, with raised floors and sleeping platforms.
Parks Canada's otentiks at Wasagaming Campground in Riding Mountain National Park accommodate up to six people. They have basic furniture and a battery-powered lamp inside,with a fire pit, propane barbecue and picnic table outside.
Close to the beach, golf course and all the amenities of Wasagaming townsite, you'll find showers and a kitchen shelter near your otentik. You can bring all the cooking gear you like, but all you really need is a sleeping bag - and maybe a few marshmallows to roast over the campfire.