The Rocky Mountains. Niagara Falls. The Alberta Badlands. Canada’s epic landscapes are famous the world over.  A photo of any of those iconic destinations will instantly transport you to a land of snow-capped mountains, river valleys and waterfalls. But sight isn’t the only trigger for those emotive holiday memories.

If you’re travelling through Canada on holiday, you deserve an inspiring soundtrack to go with the stunning landscapes. Soaring music enhances the drama of the scenery around you. It also means that you can listen to the same soundtrack once you get back from your holiday.

Experiencing a new country isn’t just about the sights, tastes and smells – it’s about the sounds, too. Therefore, when you listen to your holiday soundtrack at home, the music will evoke those special holiday memories. Whether you were driving through the Rockies or sailing through the Maritimes, you’ll remember exactly where you were when you heard the trembling notes of Debussy floating over the stereo.

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The natural beauty of Canada lends itself perfectly to classical music. That’s why we’ve put together a few playlists to go with our most popular holiday routes in Canada. Plus you’ll find an expertly curated playlist full of Canadian composers. You can find them all on Spotify. Our top tip is to download them before you go on holiday, so you’ll be able to listen to them offline without using your data while you’re abroad.

Listen to our favourite holiday soundtracks here:

Canada & New England Route Spotify

This playlist of symphonies is perfect for the scenic and unforgettable cities on our Canada and New England cruise and rail route. Each track is culturally or historically connected to the stops on route. It’s an idyllic soundtrack to your journey.

The songs:

A Morning in the Woods – Leo Ornstein

Pastorale for Trumpet, Bass Trombone & Piano – Eric Ewazen

Cape Breton Lullaby – Kenneth Leslie

New Haven Reel – Dan R. MacDonald

Anne’s Theme – Hagood Hardy

O Canada – Vic Vogel

Symphonie Concertante in A Major – J.C. Bach

Cool Mountain Water – Ka Nin Chan

Experience the journey yourself:

Fancy exploring the route for yourself? You can check out this rail and cruise journey here:
Canada & New England Rail & Cruise Holiday

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This route cruises through America’s New England states before heading up to the Canadian Maritime Provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Keep an eye out for Canada’s resident whales as you sail through the Bay of Fundy and up the St. Lawrence River.

Eastern Express Holiday Route Spotify

This playlist of classical pieces suits our Eastern Express holiday fly drive route. In 43 minutes, the soundtrack packs a lot in! Journey through cosmopolitan culture, rolling hills and dense forest before setting sail on a leisurely river cruise.

The songs:

Lake of the Woods – Robert Farnon

Flower Duet from Lakme – Alain Lombard

Violin Sonata No.3, Op.55, “On the Wine-Dark Sea”: I. Thalassios – Audrey Andrist

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Op.43: V. Variation XVIII – Rachmaninov

Violin Concerto “Affairs of the Heart” – Marjan Mozetich

Experience the journey yourself:

Are you inspired to explore this impressive route for yourself? You can book our Eastern Express driving holiday here:

Eastern Express Fly Drive Holiday

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This 8 day journey packs a lot in! You’ll explore the most vibrant cities in Eastern Canada, from Toronto to the capital city of Ottawa to the Francophone centres of Montreal and Quebec City. Your holiday includes return international flights, car hire and hotels. It’s also packed with fun excursions like a sightseeing tour of Quebec City, a cruise through the 1000 Islands region and entry to Toronto’s CN Tower.

Canadian Provinces – Classical Canada

Classical Canada Spotify

This is a playlist curated by our experts, designed to celebrate Canadian composers from each province in Canada. The classical pieces are evocative of the Canadian landscape, from its coastal beauty to dramatic mountains and rolling hills.

The songs:

♪ Willan, Rise up, my love – The Gallery Choir, Church of Saint Mary Magdalene, Toronto • Healey Willan

Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune – Claude Debussy

O Canada – Vic Vogel

♪  Rodeo: V. Hoe Down – Aaron Copland

Prairie Dawn – University of British Columbia Chamber Strings • Stephen Chatman

The Hidden Treasure – Emily Carr String Quartet • John Tavener

Hector The Hero – Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy

Cape Breton Moments – William Davis Day, June – Symphony Nova Scotia • Howard Cable

The Wings – Gustavo Santaolalla

Concerto de Québec: II. Andante – Orchestre Symphonique De Québec

Quebec May – CBC Vancouver Orchestra • Elmer Iseler

Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Aria – Remastered – Johann Sebastian Bach

Calgary – Vitamin String Quartet Performs Bon Iver

Experience the journey yourself:

You can take a look at all our Canada holidays here. Choose where you would like to go and how you would like to see the country. Whether it’s a cruise from Vancouver up the Inside Passage to Alaska or an escorted coach tour of the Canadian Rocky Mountains national parks, we have the Canada adventure you’ve been dreaming of.