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Whitford, Alberta

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Introduction ...

Below is our collection of tidbits, odds 'n ends for Whitford.

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How Far From Whitford to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Whitford to various places of note, such as Parliament Hill.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Whitford to:

  • Edmonton [Map], which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 56 miles [90.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW). If you could walk a straight line from Whitford to Edmonton, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take over two days.
  • The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON [Map]) is 1,711 miles [2,753.6 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of three days, a buggy would take 67 days and walking would take 98 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,203 miles [9,982.8 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 6,970 miles [11,217.1 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,051 miles [8,128.8 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Whitford ...

We have found 4 communities that share the name Whitford.

While the name Whitford is unique within Alberta, we know of another 4 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Located Beyond Alberta


Las Animas County

Our profile page for Whitford, Las Animas County
We found mention of this community, but have little information.<7>
Although located in Las Animas County, we don't know the location of this community within the .


Winn Parish

Our profile page for Whitford, Winn Parish   [Map]
Distance: About 1,800 miles [2,896.8 km] to the Southeast


Washington County

Our profile page for Whitford, Washington County   [Map]
Distance: About 745 miles [1,199 km] to the Southwest


Chester County

Our profile page for Whitford, Chester County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,941 miles [3,123.7 km] to the East Southeast

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting in Whitford. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Whitford) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Whitford. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Whitford

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whitford. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 53.8667, Longitude: -112.2167     [Map].

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<2>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.

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<3>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Whitford to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.

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<4>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Jerusalem is 332.783 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 333.608 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 320.241 degrees.

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<7>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that the community could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Whitford.


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