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A Gazetteer for the United States and Canada

Balzac, Alberta

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Balzac 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 Balzac to various places of note, such as Parliament Hill.

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

  • Edmonton [Map], which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 162 miles [260.7 km] to the North (N). If you could drive a straight line from Balzac to Edmonton, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 10 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
  • The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON [Map]) is 1,782 miles [2,867.9 km] to the East (E). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 70 days and walking would take 102 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,400 miles [10,299.8 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 7,167 miles [11,534.2 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,241 miles [8,434.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Balzac ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Balzac.

While the name Balzac is unique within Alberta, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in the United States.

Communities Outside of Alberta


Garfield County

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

Morgan County

Our profile page for Balzac, Morgan County   [Map]
Distance: About 900 miles [1,448.4 km] to the Southeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Balzac ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always talk about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

Coral Springs   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast of Balzac   [Map]
Dogpound   -   23 miles [37 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Forest Lawn   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the South   [Map]
Heritage Woods   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Janet   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Sunnyside   -   11 miles [17.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Valley Ridge   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Vista Heights   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the South   [Map]

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Balzac. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

Norman Alexander Mervyn 'Red' Dutton
  Professional hockey. He was born in Russell (Manitoba) on Friday July 23, 1897 and died in Calgary (Alberta) on Sunday March 15, 1987 at an age of 89. He was buried at Union Cemetery (Alberta) [Map].

Calgary [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the south of Balzac

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Norman Alexander Mervyn 'Red' Dutton<8>
James Norman 'Dutch' Gainor
  Professional hockey. He was born in Calgary (Alberta) on Sunday April 10, 1904 and died in Calgary (Alberta) on Tueday January 16, 1962 at an age of 57. He was buried at Union Cemetery (Alberta) [Map].

Calgary [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the south of Balzac

Calgary [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the south of Balzac

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Norman 'Dutch' Gainor
Cecil Ralph 'Tiny' Thompson
  Professional hockey. He was born in Sandon (British Columbia) on Sunday May 31, 1903 and died in Calgary (Alberta) on Monday February 9, 1981 at an age of 77. He was buried at Burnsland Cemetery (Alberta) [Map].

Calgary [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the south of Balzac

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Cecil Ralph 'Tiny' Thompson
Paul Ivan Thompson
  Professional hockey. He was born in Calgary (Alberta) on Friday November 2, 1906 and died in Calgary (Alberta) on Friday September 13, 1991 at an age of 84. He was buried at Burnsland Cemetery (Alberta) [Map].

Calgary [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the south of Balzac

Calgary [Map] is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the south of Balzac

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul Ivan Thompson

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Balzac. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Balzac. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Balzac

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Balzac. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 51.2167, Longitude: -114.0167     [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 Balzac 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 angle) to Jerusalem is 334.208 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 335.002 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 321.895 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 (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Mile's to see Pete ... Mile's is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Balzac could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong . 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 - we're working to straighten it all out.

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<8>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Balzac.


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