Is there a particular song that comes to mind when you hit the open road, roll the car windows down, and begin that long familiar journey down the highway to, well, nowhere?
A playlist, whether it’s orchestrated in the days before a trip, or accumulated over a number of road trips past, is an essential part of any good drive—no matter how long it is or who you have by your side.
Whether it’s the artists or the subject matter, these 25 songs are the perfect roadside companion for travelling Canada’s picturesque landscape—the Rocky Mountains of the West, the vast, open fields of the Prairies, or Ontario’s endless lakes—by car.
- The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot
- A Case of You – Joni Mitchell
- Helpless – Neil Young
- Bobcaygeon – The Tragically Hip
- Life is a Highway – Tom Cochrane
- Trans Canada – The Constantines
- English Bay – Blue Rodeo
- Comin’ Home – City and Colour
- Oh, Canada – Kathleen Edwards
- Runnin’ Back to Saskatoon – The Guess Who
- Lakeside Park – Rush
- Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere – Neil Young
- Escarpment Blues – Sarah Harmer
- Miles from Our Home – Cowboy Junkies
- Spoonful of Sugar – Matt Mays
- Hard Road – Sam Roberts
- Moody Manitoba Morning – Rick Neufeld
- One Great City – Weakerthans
- The Old Black Rum – Great Big Sea
- Road Regrets – Dan Mangan
- The Rest of my Life – Sloan
- Oh Alberta – Elliott Brood
- Sudbury Saturday Night – Stompin’ Tom Connors
- Rollin, Rollin, Rollin – Joel Plaskett
- My Girl – Yukon Blonde
What tunes do you throw on when you hit the open road?