Time to connect
Time to Connect
Enjoy the moment!
Since the summer of 2015, Parks Canada has installed a series of red Adirondack chairs at the Lachine Canal so that visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of Montreal and the rich historical 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.
Where are the red chairs?
Any means is fine for going in search of the red chairs along the 14.5 km of the Lachine 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 Lachine 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?
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 Lachine Canal by sharing your photo using the hashtag #timetoconnect. Don't forget to mention @LachineCanal so that Parks Canada can share your beautiful moment!
And to encourage you to explore our natural and heritage treasures, Parks Canada invited public figures to share their attachment to these iconic places.
Oliver Jones: Confessions of a jazz legend
Oliver Jones memories
The famous Montreal jazzman Oliver Jones was able to witness the extent of the Lachine Canal's transformation, between the moment he played his first notes on the piano at the age of 3 in the neighborhood and his return to Montreal in 1980.
Marc Bergevin recounts his memories of the Lachine Canal
Memories of Marc Bergevin
Comfortably seated in a one of Parks Canada’s red chairs, Montreal Canadiens general manager, Marc Bergevin, recalls the history of his family in the Lachine Canal neighbourhood and shares the reasons that led him to return after an absence of 30 years.
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