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Big Valley, Alberta

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Introduction ...

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

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How Far From Big Valley to ...

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

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

  • Edmonton [Map], which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 109 miles [175.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could drive a straight line from Big Valley to Edmonton, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 7 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 5 days.
  • The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON [Map]) is 1,727 miles [2,779.3 km] to the East (E). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 68 days and walking would take 99 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,326 miles [10,180.7 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 7,093 miles [11,415.1 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,163 miles [8,309 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Big Valley ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Big Valley.

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

Communities Outside of Alberta


Calaveras County

Our profile page for Big Valley, Calaveras County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,028 miles [1,654.4 km] to the South Southwest


Mills County

Our profile page for Big Valley, Mills County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,593 miles [2,563.7 km] to the South Southeast

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Big Valley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 52.0333, Longitude: -112.7500     [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 Big Valley 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 333.202 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 333.924 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 320.93 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Big Valley.