Water resistant tents from Coleman, Thule, Nemo, Marmot and Aglory are designed to withstand the humid climate of British Columbia.
Come summer, the longest lines in British Columbia aren’t at a fried chicken restaurant or for porta potty at a craft beer festival – it’s the line for a pitch coveted campsite via BC Parks or Parks Canada.
If one is lucky enough to score a spot, the next step is to stock up on rain gear, as the unusually cool and wet weather that marks spring 2022 doesn’t seem to be picking up any time soon. (The silver lining? Cooler conditions can lessen the risk of wildfires.)
When looking for a tent that can handle the humid climate of British Columbia, there are a few things to look for: like a bathtub floor (raised off the ground, thick and waterproof), a rainfly that covers the entire tent and taped seams.
The Coleman tent “everyone on the internet swears by it”
Who is it ideal for: The Coleman Skydome tent is a solid option from a standard name in field gear. This tent has pre-attached poles for quick setup, tub bottom, inverted seams, flysheet, pegs and can withstand winds of up to 35 mph.
Why we endorse it: Brand reputation, reviews, price.
Where it could use improvements: As it’s camping season, Coleman tents often sell out (and watch out for dealer markups).
Height/weight/dimensions: Eight beds.
Price (subject to change): $182.99 at Canadian Tire.
The inexpensive ‘enthusiastic amateur’ tent
Who is it ideal for: This Aglory tent is ideal for a novice or occasional camper who doesn’t want to spend all his funds on a weekend trip. This little tent has all the camping basics like a lantern hook, ropes, pegs and air vents.
Why we endorse it: Prices, user reviews, rain hood, carrying bag.
Where it could use improvements: Some reviewers note that for beginners, the best way to find installation and removal instructions is on Google.
Height/weight/dimensions: Two beds.
Price (subject to change): From $80 (depending on size/color options) on Amazon.
The Thule LoPro ‘penthouse’ tent
Who is it ideal for: For those who prefer a slightly fancier outdoor experience, this Thule LoPro tent clips onto a car roof rack, with a ladder that extends to the ground. Part bunk bed, part yurt, part glamping, it’s made from mildew resistant polyester, features a flysheet and zippered windows, foam mattress, mounting brackets and canopies. gate.
Why we endorse it: Uniqueness and a high quality brand name.
Where it could use improvements: Much more expensive than most tents.
Height/weight/dimensions: Load capacity of 400 kg.
Price (subject to change): $2,199.95 at MEC.
Marmot and Nemo tents ‘Reddit recommend’
Who is it ideal for: In waterproof tent forums, discussions and chat rooms, the Marmot and Nemo brands keep coming up, with campers swearing that they are excellent value for money.
Why we endorse it: Marmot Three Person Tungsten Tent features taped seams, dual vestibule for storage, color coded clips for setup, mesh canopy and vents for airflow . The three-person Nemo Aurora tent has two doors, pointed vents, storm flaps, pegs and a repair kit.
Where it could use improvements: The Nemo is a bit more expensive than the Marmot.
Height/weight/dimensions: Both tents sleep three.
Price (subject to change): Nemo Aurora is $459.95 at MEC and the Marmot Tungsten is $395.95 at MEC. A groundhog for two is available from Atmosphere ($284.99).
More ways to waterproof camping gear
Got a sturdy tent that needs a little TLC? This tent fabric sealant costs less than $20, has dozens of five-star reviews on Amazon, and can help campers avoid waking up in a puddle. $8.95 on Amazon.
Kiwi Camp Dry Heavy Duty Water Repellent is a silicone barrier that is sprayed on clothing, shoes, tarps, and gear (like chairs). It’s good to keep on hand when the forecast is unpredictable (as long as the items have time to be sprayed/dried before the rain hits). $10.79 on Amazon.
Chinook tarps are weather resistant and offer UV resistant shade, rain protection and a lightweight bag. $89.99 at Amazon for a 12’x9′ tarp. As sizes vary and this is an in-demand product, prices fluctuate.