Over the past 29 i’ve been asked the same question “Bob whats difference between a tent and a canopy?. The canopy is a lightweight tent used for shade or for a light shower. Where as the pole tent is similar to the canopy in a lot of ways but, the pole tent is stronger against wind and has capability of sidewalls. Both pole tents, and canopies must be set up in the grass and both should have a 4-5ft clearance around the perimeter of the tent. For example a 20×20 canopy or pole tent needs approximately 28×28 space to fit. Moving on to frame tents. These are a structured tent with a top. The frame tent can be installed on decks,patios, and grass. This is my favorite tent in case anyone cares lol. With the frame tent you can also use sidewalls. So there is the explanation of tenting. Anymore questions just call the office and we will answer anything else it might be that you are still not clear about.