Iconic Cross-Country Pit Stops

By Claudia Laroye

The iconic Trans-Canada Highway (THC) 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 stops.


• St. John’s in Newfoundland host 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.

• Streth your legs in Hartland, New Brunswick—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 to stretch, 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 local institution Merla Mae Drive-In, scooping since 1951.


• East of Winnipeg, pause in Richer for lunch and a round of mini gold at Geppetto’s.

• Explore the region’s agricultural past at Pete’s Centre Canada Heritage, a free open-air farm machinery museum.

• Near Saint Francois 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 visitor’s centre.

• Stretch your legs with 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 freshly roasted coffee and a handmade 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.

Use your AMA membership to get a discount on the Parks Canada Discovery Pass and an AMA Travel counsellor can help you plan your trip.