Our 6ft kids tipi

The tipi is a beautiful space for events and gatherings of all kinds. Individual tipi owners have used their tipis for year round living, camping, and for historical purposes at museums and community centres. A 15 ft tipi is ideal for camping or for a small gathering space. The 20ft tipi is very large and can fit 25 people seated in a circle; however it is harder to heat. Our 6ft kids tipi can be set up by children in 15 minutes and can fit 6 children in a circle.

The tipi was our first home as a married couple in the beautiful woodlands of Wales. There we learned the textile skills and working with industrial sewing machines to make tipi coverings.

From the Celtic roundhouse to the tipi and the yurt, our appreciation for circular shelters comes from the grounding feeling we experience when inside. We admire how many nomadic shelters have not changed due to it's ingenious design.

We build a Sioux style tipi. This is the type that works best with a canvas cover.

The traditional Mi'kmaq home is the wigwam which comes from the Mi'Kmaq word "wikuom", meaning dwelling. The conical wigwam was constructed from poles covered with birch bark strips sewn together with spruce. Wigwams were usually put up by women and could be built in a day. Women from yurt dwelling nations were also responsible for the set up of their homes.

The word tipi or teepee wasn't used by the Mi'Kmaq as it comes from a different native language and usually refers to a tent covered with skins, not bark. Birchbark made a good cover for a wigwam since it was waterproof and portable.

We have adjusted the traditional design slightly to produce a tipi that has been reinforced in all the areas that usually wear. Our tipis are extremely hard wearing, particularly in bad weather.

Our tipis have many advantages including:

  • A rot proof bottom on our inner liners

  • Large pockets on the smoke flaps to make it easy to fit the smoke flap poles

  • Grommet enforced dowel holes

  • Nylon loops on the bottom of the tipi to prevent rot

Tipi Prices

Our tipi covers include the pegs, smoke flap ropes, anchor rope, wooden lacing pins, a canvas storage bag and a tipi door.

Diameter   Inner liner
20ft (280 sq ft) $2010 $890
15ft (170 sq ft) $1490 $720
6ft kids tipi (28 sq ft) $695 (poles availible at $40 each) N/A

*A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to start all orders. 

Little Foot Yurts does not provide the tipi poles, except for the 6ft kids tipi at $40 per pole.

The inner liner is ideal if you will be using it for accommodation as it prevents drafts and provides a more comfortable space.

You will need to... Remove bark and sand Collect
Spruce or Pine

20ft tipi 14 poles 26ft long, 4" diameter at bottom
15ft tipi 14 poles 22ft long, 3.5-4" diameter at bottom
6ft kids tipi  9 poles 8ft 2" long, 2.5" diameter at bottom

A canvas care guide and training manual is included in the above prices. If you require set of your tipi for
the first time we offer face-to face training and set up for $250. 

Delivery charges are not included. Our travel costs are .80 per kilometer in Nova Scotia (round trip) and .90 per kilometre in NB & PEI (round trip). Due to unpredictable fuel prices, travel costs are subject to change without notice.

The tipi I purchased from Little Foot Yurts is one of the best I have seen, and certainly the best I have owned. They have incorporated the best features that I have noticed, including large smoke pole pockets (to assist in getting the poles in place from far below), offset lacing holes for joining the tipi cover neatly (this is not so on all tipis), and heavily reinforced stress points and seams. They also provide heavy duty rebar pegs, more like staples, that do a terrific job of making sure your tipi doesn't get airborne. The instructions they provide make it almost foolproof to get the tipi up and looking good in minimum time. I needed one minor change after delivery, and they accommodated me quickly and with no fuss. All in all, a wonderful purchasing experience, and an awesome product!

- Dan McIsaac, owner of a 20 ft tipi, Annapolis Royal, NS See more testimonials