Life Is Indeed a Highway: Tom Cochrane Gets Manitoba Road Named After Him

By Calum Slingerland
Published Oct 31, 2016

Tom Cochrane once wrote that “through all these cities and all these towns, it’s in my blood and it’s all around,” making the famous declaration that “Life Is a Highway.” Now, he’ll truly be able to live his song thanks to his home province’s plan to name a highway after him.

CBC reports that the Manitoba government is renaming a 322-kilometre section of Provincial Road 391, between Lynn Lake and Thompson, after the musician. Cochrane was born in Lynn Lake, the province’s fourth-largest town.

An official announcement will come from the province at 12 p.m. ET today (October 31), for which Cochrane, Premier Brian Pallister, Infrastructure Minister Blaine Pederson and Lynn Lake Mayor James Lindsay will be present.

Having become a household name in Canada through fronting Red Rider, the song effectively launched Cochrane’s solo career upon its release in 1991. It was his only Top 40 hit in the United States and has been covered by Rascall Flatts, Chris LeDoux, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Jerry Jeff Walker and Home Free, among many others.