This year is your time to connect! Grab a friend, go for a walk then relax and snap a selfie on one of Kootenay National Park’s Red Chairs. Parks Canada has placed two sets of red Muskoka chairs at scenic locations in Kootenay National Park. While some chairs are easy to find, others require more of an adventure. Each location offers views of exquisite views of nearby mountains, rivers or lakes.
Kootenay National Park’s Red Chairs are a great place to enjoy the view. Relax in a landscape shaped by fire and erosion as you admire the turquoise, glacial waters and startling canyon walls of Marble Canyon. Watch for sheep as you walk up the Juniper Trails across the Radium Hot Springs pools to take in the view from this newly reclaimed area.
- Trailhead: 86km North of the village of Radium Hot Springs, or 17km South of Castle Junction, on the Banff Windermere Parkway/Hwy 93S
- Location: Follow the trail for 0.7km to the 4th bridge.
- N51º11.396 W116º07.599
Radium Hot Pools (Juniper Trail):
- Trailhead: Across the Banff Windermere Parkway (93S) from the Radium Hot Springs Pools
- Location: 350m up the trail
- N50º38.140 W116º02.452
The Kootenay National Park Red Chairs are accessible all year. In the winter, be sure to wear appropriate footwear, as the trails are not maintained.
Where did the Red Chair idea come from?
A few years ago, our friends at Gros Morne National Park installed 18 sets of chairs around their park. Visitors have been seeking them out and sharing their chair adventures ever since. The program is now growing to include a number of other national parks and national historic sites across Canada including Kootenay, Banff, Jasper and Yoho national parks.