Tipi 500 Ultimate
Our bestselling tipi tent: The Tipi 500 Ultimate is 5 meters (16ft 5in) in diameter with 19,6 m² (210 ft²) of floor space. Based on the traditional Native American cone shape, the tipi is built to withstand high winds and driving rain. It even as a removeable rain cap for ventilation or even to exit a wood burning stove right out the top! The single center pole makes the 500 tipi packable, portable, and easy to set up with just one person. Includes a zip in/out bathtub style floor is water impenetrable and completely removeable. Waterproof and breathable, the tipi is constructed with our Classic Canvas (320 gr/m² or 9.5 oz/yd²).
Made of 100% cotton canvas.
CanvasCamp is the only bell tent manufacturer to proudly bear the Seal of Cotton™.
How to Pitch a Tipi
|The 500 is ideal for 4 glampers on queen beds or as many as 8 campers on sleeping pads.
Dynamic Conical Shape
The cone shape of the tipi, widely embraced by Native Americans of the Great Plains, sheds wind, rain, and snow better than any other tent shape. The single center pole provides unrivaled tensile strength that extends all the way to the ground. A well-pitched Tipi can withstand gale force winds and driving snow!
Need some extra breeze in the tent for those hot summer days? The Tipi’s guy line system is specially designed to cinch up and provide extra airflow! Simply unzip the floor, release the canvas from their stakes, and pull the guy lines tight to create a ‘floating’ Tipi for maximum ventilation.
The triangle shaped front door of the Tipi has a single zipper that runs vertically to the floor. Each side of the door zips securely into the groundsheet, or can be rolled up and neatly stored with hook and loops when not in use. A built in mesh door keeps the Tipi breezy and well ventilated. Designed for winter, the door zipper is protected by a storm flap to prevent ice and snow from accumulating.
Every Tipi includes a canvas rain cap that is completely removeable so a tipi stove chimney can be vented through the top of the tipi. The cap has extra long guy lines that can be used to hold it in place in high winds, or fold it open from the ground for extra ventilation on hot days.
Our Ultimate groundsheets are durable, thermally welded, 15.9oz/yd² ripstop PVC. Completely water and vapor impenetrable, the ‘bathtub style’ floor rises 4 inches high to keep you dry even in standing water. Using a heavy duty size 10 zipper to attach the canvas to the groundsheet, you can unzip the floor to and use the guy lines to cinch up the canvas walls for maximum ventilation. You can remove the groundsheet entirely for transport, storage, cleaning, or to enjoy the grass or sand beneath your feet. A small gap between the two zippers in the back allows an electrical cord to enter the tent without compromising protection from rain and bugs.
Single Spring Loaded Center Pole
What makes CanvasCamp’s Tipi unique is that is relies entirely on a single heavy duty center pole and the tensile strength of the canvas staked to the ground. The durable nickel plated steal pole is 30mm (1.2inches) in diameter and has internal spring loaded wires that guide the pole sections together for quick and easy assembly.
Durable Guy Lines and Tensioners
For quick pitching in mild weather the Tipi can stand just fine without guy lines. When the wind howls, the snow falls, or if your camping out for a long time, guy lines are recommended. Our Ultimate series comes with 3mm guy ropes that will need to be tied on before your first pitch. Check out our assembly instructions in the Specifications tab on this page to get a feel for the initial set up process. Plastic tensioners prevent edges from cutting into the guy lines and prolong the life of your tent.
Steel Stakes and Pegs
The Tipi stakes are designed for easy insertion and removal from average earth, like grass or forest floor. The Tipi has three sets of pegs: one set each for the groundsheet, canvas, and guy lines. The stakes for the guy lines are curved like a shovel to securely hold tension in the ground, and have a lip at the top to prevent the guy line from slipping off. The pegs for the floor are round to slip through the grommets on the groundsheet, and have a hook shaped top and hold the floor in place. All standard stakes and pegs measure 22cm (8.6 inches).
Our Classic Canvas (320 gr/m² or 9.5 oz/yd²) is the perfect balance of performance and breathability. Our proprietary treatment enhances the natural water resistance of canvas, and is excellent protection for moderate climates and casual use. Repairable and retreatable, a properly maintained Classic Canvas tent can last for years. Double stitched, seams, seam gussets, and double-layer construction at all stress points create a classic and durable tipi tent.
100% Cotton canvas provides a natural waterproofing and breathability. Cotton fibers swell when damp, the tight weave prevents rain from penetrating and the surface tension of moisture drops on the outside combined with the steep angle of the tipi allows water to bead and run off. Moisture held in the air on the inside is still able to escape directly through the fabric, keeping internal humidity low and mitigating condensation.
Check out our FAQ for more information than you could ever need to know about cotton canvas and proper tipi maintenance.
100% Cotton Canvas
Our Sibley canvas is made exclusively from 100% cotton. Cotton is made from the seed hair of this hardy and drought tolerant plant. Sustainable, renewable, and one of the most biodegradable fabrics on earth. Our canvas is a soft, natural, earthy beige that glows inside and out with natural or artificial light. CanvasCamp is the only tent manufacture to carry the official Seal of Cotton®.
The Tipi is compatible with any of our tent stoves. The Frontier Portable Stove has an optional Tipi Sleeve (sold separately) specifically designed for top exiting the flu pipe through the top of a CanvasCamp Tipi. All other stoves can be vented by outfitting the tipi with our modular stove jack system. Proper stove placement is dependent on stove size, tipi size, flu exit style, desired temperature, and the environment you intend to camp in. One size fits all, pre-installed stove jacks fail to provide customers with the level of customization necessary to achieve ideal stove placement and maximum utility. To ensure proper placement and ideal efficiency, CanvasCamp offers modular stove jacks (sold separately) that can be easily installed in any cotton canvas bell tent in just a few minutes.
Not for use with open fire pits. We encourage you to be vigilant about fire safety and are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. CanvasCamp cannot be held liable for any damage or injury to persons or property resulting from the use or misuse of fire or flammable materials in or around our tents.
|Classic (9.5 oz/yd²)
|500 (16ft 5in)
|Classic (15.93 oz/yd²)
|Mesh Door Type
|Total weight (lbs)
|Boxed Dimensions (1)
- Classic Canvas Tent (320 gr/m² or 9.5 oz/yd²)
- Zip in/out Ultimate Groundsheet (540 gr/m² or 15.93 oz/yd²)
- 32mm (1-1/4”) spring-loaded nickel plated steel center pole with rubber feet
- 3mm guy ropes with tensioners, must be tied on for first pitch
- Complete stake and peg set
- Sewn in no-seeum mesh door
- Cotton canvas carry bag
- Pole and stake bags
- Pole spring repair kit