Red chairs

Carillon Canal National Historic Site

Enjoy the moment!

Since the summer of 2015, Parks Canada has installed a series of red Adirondack chairs at the Carillon Canal so that visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of the imposing lock and the rich historical and natural heritage of this exceptional site.

Each location has been carefully selected enabling you to pause and explore the narratives of the landscape as you connect with history and nature.

Time to Connect


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Camera follows a young couple walking their bikes towards two red chairs overlooking a lake.

You’ve found it

Camera now turns around another red chair where a family of hikers are arriving. The mountaineous view is breathtaking.

The camera is continuing its motion of turning around red chairs, but this time a young boy is holding his mother's hand on a beach.

The perfect moment

Close-up of the young boy smilling at his mother.

The best place on Earth

Close-up of the biking couple. The female biker is laughing.

Time to connect with nature

The camera resumes it's circling motion, turning around a group of musician playing guitar and violin with majestic hills towering over the sea in the background.

And those who really matter

Four girls are sitting in the red chairs and taking a selfie.

A family is gazing at the distance, the older daughter pulls up a pair of binoculars.

Close-up of the four girls smiling and taking a selfie.

Close-up of the violin player.

Camera is circling around two adults doing yoga in front of the red chairs with the sea in the background.

Find your Red Chair moment

Camera is back to the family of hikers with the sun setting behind the mountains.

Parks Canada


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Where are the red chairs?

A motorized boat slowly passing by a kayaker We've saved you a seat!

Any means is fine for going in search of the red chairs along the the Carillon Canal, whether on foot, by bicycle or even by boat! While some chairs are easy to spot, others require a little more effort.

The adventure doesn't end at the Carillon Canal! Parks Canada has installed red Adirondack chairs in the most beautiful landscapes in the country, including those featured in Quebec's other historic canals. What are you waiting for to discover them?

Lachine Canal National Historic Site
Chambly Canal National Historic Site
Saint-Ours Canal National Historic Site
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal National Historic Site

A story to share

Once you've spotted the red chairs and you're comfortably seated, inhale deeply and take the time to observe the different elements that make up the landscape unfolding before your eyes.

While you're at it, add your story to that of the Carillon Canal by sharing your photo using the hashtag #timetoconnect.  

Where did the red chair idea come from?

Initiated by Gros Morne National Park in 2011, Parks Canada's Red Chair Experience program has rapidly expanded to other national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas across the country.

Installed in locations that are most emblematic of Canada, the red Adirondack chairs enable visitors to experience unforgettable moments in exceptional settings while connecting with nature and history.

For more information on the location of the red chairs in Canada

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