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Anyone who has driven along the 401 to their next venue knows all about this giant apple. They may have even stopped for a photo or a slice of apple pie.
The Big Nickel
If you're short a nickel at the giant vending machine, don’t worry, Sudbury has you covered. The city has tons of great places for upcoming bands to play, with the Towne House Tavern being a go-to, before and after which everyone inevitably ends up just standing and starting at this giant nickel.
West Edmonton Mall waterpark
As malls go this is the Canadian Holy Grail. It wouldn’t be the best mall in Canada without its own mini golf course, mini submarine, skating rink, water park, and of course hundreds of stores to spend your no money, because you're a touring band. If you're trekking through Alberta, it's guaranteed you have made a few stops at WEM.
If you’re from the GTA or have traveled around the Golden Horseshoe then you have most likely been to Niagara Falls at least a few times. Canada’s Vegas on Clifton Hill is full of bars, haunted houses, arcades and other tourist attractions. If you've toured through the area with your band you definitely have a group shot in front of the falls, and now, you definitely avoid it at all costs.
The Parliament Buildings
A Canadian tour is not complete without a visit to the country's capital. A band making their way through Ottawa is bound to run into or see the Parliament Buildings at some point. They're also bound to bring back memories from your grade 9 high school field trip.
Though it's a slog to get to from out west, the east coast is where you want to be. Full of seafood, friendly people, tons of beaches, great beer, and lots of little bars to rock—plus, of course, the giant lobster. Shediac is the lobster capital of the world and it's worth a stop to visit the terrifying monster crustacean.
banff national parl
As your band cruises the Trans-Canada highway you will see some spectacular sights through the western provinces, but none more than Banff National Park. Maybe you've slept here in your van, or band tent (bands have tents, right?). But there're only so many nature pictures you can post on Instagram.
The famous Rideau Canal is a tourist hot spot in Ottawa, especially during the winter. Ottawa’s famous waterway and skating rink is a staple in the city. As a band you have probably spent hours freezing on the Canal.
green gables house
If you grew up in the '80s or '90s you will probably remember the Anne of Green Gables TV show. If you've made it to PEI as a touring band, first of all, kudos, and after you've watched people who make more money than a touring band eat their weight in oysters, you've likely made your way to the Green Gables house.
Muskoka chair gravenhurst
The biggest Muskoka chairs you have ever seen call Gravenhurst home. Touring bands have most definitely sat in the giant chairs to snapped a quick photo before asking for directions to the next giant chairless town.
Artists who spend any amount of time touring across Canada have seen it all—from sketchy bars where the jukebox only plays Nickelback to a life’s worth of roadkill and all of the standard Canadian tourist spots in between.
Here are 10 of the most iconic tourist spots that bands on the road know all too well. What’s on your list?