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Apr 22, 2024

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14 Must-See Attractions Along the Trans-Canada Highway

The iconic Trans-Canada Highway is one of the world’s great roads. With fantastic eats and attractions—some less famous than others—across the country, don’t miss pulling over for these 14 top stops. —Claudia Laroye


St. John’s in N.L. hosts one of the Mile 0 markers of the Trans-Canada Highway (the other being in Victoria, B.C.). It’s also where you’ll find a monument to Terry Fox’s 1980 Marathon of Hope. Stretch your legs in Hartland, N.B., home to the world’s longest covered wooden bridge.


In Mattawa, spot the towering wooden statue of Big Joe Mufferaw, one of several oversized effigies in the Ottawa Valley. West of Sudbury, stop at Serpent River Park for a body break, spy Kennebec Falls and stock up on snacks at the Trading Post. Savour Thunder Bay’s Finnish heritage with pancakes at Kangas Sauna and enjoy ice cream at Merla Mae Drive-In, a local institution, scooping since 1951.


East of Winnipeg, pause in Richer for lunch and a round of mini golf at Geppetto’s. Explore the region’s agricultural past at Pete’s Center Canada Heritage, a free open-air farm machinery museum. Near Saint François Xavier, view the White Horse Monument commemorating an Indigenous legend.


Snap selfies with the 10-metre-high, steel-and-concrete Mac the Moose sculpture on the grounds of Moose Jaw’s visitors’ centre. Take a stroll past the murals of rural Whitewood—the Market Day mural depicts 1895 town life. Visit the miniature Grain Elevators in Grenfell, then observe the life-size version at Paterson Grain Elevator.


Stop at the Saamis Tepee and Saamis Archaeological Site in Medicine Hat. Below the Indigenous interpretive centre is one of the most important archaeological sites of the Northern Plains. Enjoy coffee and a bagel at Rocky Mountain Bagel Company in Canmore. Admire the breathtaking view of the Bow Valley and Mount Rundle at Vermillion Lakes in Banff National Park.

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