The Weather Network – The Best Folding Chairs for Outdoor Activities

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Camping, summer sports, days at the beach, trips to the park, bonfires – sometimes you need a chair you can grab on the go. We’ve checked out dozens of chairs online and put together this list of recommendations that will make you want to meet up for a seat on sunny days.

Here are a few things our product specialists kept in mind when researching the top-rated styles:

Portability: All of the chairs on our list are fully collapsible, making them easy to pack or transport.

Sustainability: The chairs can cope with conditions such as intense sun, rain and wind. We specifically looked for options that prioritize the quality of materials and design.

Customer Rating: We rely on customer reviews and ratings to determine which products make the list. We have not selected any chairs with a rating of less than 4 out of 5 stars.

Basic chair

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We recommended this reliable chair for nights around the campfire because it ticks all the boxes for what you need. a portable chair at an affordable price. It features a convenient built-in beverage pocket that holds up to four 12-ounce cans and a built-in drink holder and storage pocket for magazines or personal items.

What we like:

  • Carry bag included with total item weight of 6.7 lbs.
  • Steel frame provides sturdy strength, made with durable polyester material
  • Rated 4.5 out of 5 based on over 7,800 Amazon.ca reviews

Basic chair for two

Amazon, loveseat, CANVA, camping essentials

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Get cozy and stargaze with that special someone in this portable loveseat. You basically get two seats while you only have to carry a bag to your destination! Online reviews say it’s small for a loveseat, which means it would also make a nice sofa for the kids.

What we like:

  • Carry bag included with a total item weight of 9.1 lbs.
  • Steel frame provides sturdy strength, made with durable polyester material
  • Rated 4.4 out of 5 based on over 850 Amazon.ca reviews

READ MORE: Our recommendations for campfire essentials

Low chair

Amazon, low chairs, CANVA, camping chairs

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If you’re camping by the lake or have planned a few days at the beach this summer, take these foldable low chairs along so you can put your toes in the sand at the water’s edge. It’s ergonomically designed to let you relax in comfort and features a mesh back that allows airflow to keep you cool.

What we like:

  • Carry bag included with a total item weight of 6.2 lbs.
  • Steel frame provides sturdy strength, made with industrial grade polyester mesh
  • Rated 4.3 out of 5 based on nearly 3,100 Amazon.ca reviews

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Light chair

Amazon, lightweight chair, CANVA, camping chairs

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This number one bestseller on Amazon.ca is about as exciting as it gets! You can take this super light foldable chair easily in a backpack or even carry-on luggage. With additional side pockets to store your keys, water bottle or phone plus an improved loop design that helps you set up the chair in seconds, this affordable option is like the chairs compact umbrella!

What we like:

  • Carry bag included and doubles as storage underneath when chair is set up with a total weight of 2.1 lbs.
  • The aluminum frame provides sturdy support, made with engineer-grade polyester fabric.
  • Rated 4.4 out of 5 based on over 8,400 Amazon.ca reviews

Rocking chair

Amazon, rocking chair, CANVA, camping chairs

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Another bestseller on Amazon.ca, this portable rocking chair gets exceptionally high marks for a reason. Designed with relaxation in mind, patented Spring-Action Rocking technology provides smooth, even motion. Padded armrests and a built-in cup holder make this option optimal for leisure.

What we like:

  • Folds flat with carry handles with a total weight of 13 lbs.
  • Powder coated steel frame provides sturdy strength, made with a mesh back
  • Rated 4.8 out of 5 based on over 10,600 Amazon.ca reviews

Multipurpose chair

Amazon, cooler chair, CANVA, camping chair

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It’s a backpack, it’s a cooler, it’s a multifunctional camping chair! This ultralight backpack can store the various things you need to bring with you and has plenty of cooler space for drinks, food or fishing tackle. The best part is when you get to your destination, this backpack easily unfolds into a stool for you to sit on.

What we like:

  • The backpack unfolds to a chair with a total weight of 3 lbs.
  • Metal frame, made of oxford fabric with waterproof coating that withstands the elements
  • Rated 4.5 out of 5 based on over 500 Amazon.ca reviews

Comfortable chair

Amazon, comfy chair, CANVA, camping chairs

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You’ll feel like you’re in luxury in this extra padded foldable club chair. It features a fully padded back, armrest and seat, and an oversized rounded moon design that gives you the ultimate comfort to relax. Reviewers say the thicker padding helps you stay a little warmer on outdoor adventures.

What we like:

  • Carry bag included with total item weight of 14.5 lbs.
  • The steel frame provides strong support, made with Oxford fabric and 3D mesh with additional foam padding.
  • Rated 4.1 out of 5 based on nearly 200 Amazon.ca reviews

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Our trusted product specialists recommend high-quality items that we believe will improve your experience of Canadian weather conditions. Prices and availability of items are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.

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