Best Canvas Wall Tents for in the Woods

What is the Best Canvas Wall Tent for Spending Time in the Woods?

The woods are a fun and exciting place to spend your time. But, whether you are planning to stay there for one night, a week, a month, or longer, then you are going to want to make sure you have the right kind of gear to keep you safe and comfortable. In this article, we will talk about the different trials, if you will, that your tent will need to withstand as well as a few different suggestions for different types of tents we think would serve you well in the woods.

Struggles to consider when living in the woods

The woods can be a dangerous place, and we are not just talking about the wild animals you may encounter. No, in fact, the most dangerous part of spending time out in the woods would have to be the weather. It doesn’t matter what environment the forest you choose to stay in is like, exposure can be a devastating side effect which is why you need to have proper shelter. Here are a few of the common environmental dangers you might encounter on your next outing into the woods.


While the wind may not seem to terrible, if it gets excessive it can cause dust storms, dangerous flying debris, and so much more. Not to mention, the wind can also lower the temperature of an area significantly and cause your skin to be chapped and burned if it gets too intense.


If there is one thing that you can always count on in the woods, it is that there will always be rain at the worst possible times. Rain is a constant factor that every camper needs to be aware of. If you are caught out the rain it can ruin your gear and possibly even give you hypothermia. In situations where you do have some sort of shelter, the rain will, at the very least, make your experience in the woods a lot harder to enjoy.

Hot days

Another thing you have to worry about when you’re in the woods is it getting too hot. Even in areas that can get freezing cold, there can still be hot days. On a hot day, as many of you can imagine, you can get heat stroke, bad sunburns, and so many other terrible ailments. So, heat is definitely something you will need to prepare for.

Cold nights

On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have the cold nights that you may experience spending some time in the woods. It seems like, no matter what time of year you decide to venture into the great outdoors, the nights tend to be a lot cooler than expected. So, cold nights are definitely something you need to prepare for. Like with the rain, cold nights can lead to hypothermia, but can also result in frostbite, extreme discomfort, and in some extreme situations, even death.

What a tent needs to overcome these challenges

With all of the dangers that you can face during a night in the woods, the best thing you can do to prepare is to buy a tent that will protect you from all of those dangers. While there are many tents out there that have lots of different features, here is a quick list of the features you should be on the lookout for when you go to buy. This is not a comprehensive list by any means, but rather it is simply a list of the most common things you will need.

Strong frames

The first thing you need to look for in a canvas tent is a strong frame. A strong frame is necessary for survival because it will help to defend you from strong wind, heavy snow, and rain, and will offer you support for a long period of time. Without a strong frame, the tent may collapse under the weight of any snow, or fall over under the strain of even the gentlest windstorms.

Waterproof canvas

The next most important thing for you to look for when it comes to a canvas wall tent is how waterproof the canvas is. Standard cotton canvas needs special, expensive treatment to made to be waterproof. This treatment is an absolute must. Our unique blend does not require such treatment. Traditional cotton canvas without treatment will absorb the moisture and make things pretty hard for you. So, make sure that the tent you buy either has treated canvas or is made of polyester or some other synthetic material.


The next thing to look for is ventilation. Ventilation is very important when you are in an environment that is either hot or humid (or both) ventilation will allow you to get air flow through the tent, making it more bearable. Ventilation methods need to be built into your tent, but they can’t just simply be a window, they need to have some sort of screen to block bugs or other pests from getting inside.

Stove Jacks

Now, it is time to look at stove jacks. Stove jacks will allow you to put a wood burning stove inside your tent. This means that you will be able to keep the tent warm when it is cold outside and possibly even cook inside as well. Stove jacks come in many sizes, so be sure to check and make sure that the tent you buy has a jack that will fit your existing stove’s pipe (if you have one).

The following are a few canvas wall tents that meet the criteria we listed above:

Montana Canvas

Montana canvas makes some of the best tents you can buy. They are beautiful, reliable, and roomy. And, not to mention, they meet all the criteria above.

Selkirk Spike Tents

Selkirk Spike Tents are a bit on the expensive side, but they too will provide you with the protection and privacy that you want when you are spending time out in the woods.

Elk Mountain Tents

Elk Mountain Tents, our brand here at, are affordable tents built with a unique canvas that is stronger than traditional cotton canvas. Our tents also come with all the bells and whistles you would want out of a canvas tent.

If you want to learn more about spending time in the woods with a canvas tent, or about canvas tents in general, be sure to give us a call, shoot us an email, or check out some of our other blogs today! We are always happy to help you!




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