You may know them as “Adirondack Chairs” but in Toronto and around cottage country in Ontario we call them “Muskoka Chairs”.
Credit for the creation of these brightly coloured comfortable cottage chairs is given to our neighbours to the south. Created in the early 1900’s by an American named Thomas Lee who was looking at using the wood from his cottage property in the Adirondack Mountains to build some comfortable chairs. The chair was original named the Westport Plank Chair after the town in the Adirondacks but later change to simply the Adirondack Chair. Painted to protect the wood, the original chairs were usually painted in green or dark brown, but today you will find Adirondack or Muskoka chairs gracing docks and patios in every colour of the rainbow.
With it’s comfortable wide angled back and large arm rests the Muskoka chairs are synonymous with comfort and relaxation – simply a place to sit and watch the world go by and what better place than the Toronto Waterfront. So it’s no surprise that the Waterfront Business Improvement Area (BIA) , in partnership with Waterfront Toronto, decided to install 40 new red Muskoka chairs this summer to celebrate the new waterfront revitalization project. The red Muskoka chairs along the Toronto Waterfront are for people to stop, relax and watch the boats and activity along the waterfront.
So if you see a couple of these red Muskoka chairs empty along the waterfront then please stop, have a seat and make yourself at home here on our waterfront.