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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

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

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

  • Edmonton [Map], which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 177 miles [284.9 km] to the North (N). If you could drive a straight line from Britannia to Edmonton, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take a little over 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 1,786 miles [2,874.3 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 6,415 miles [10,323.9 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 7,182 miles [11,558.3 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,254 miles [8,455.5 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Britannia ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Britannia.

While the name Britannia is unique within Alberta, we know of another 2 communities with the same name in Canada.


Communities Outside of Alberta

Newfoundland and Labrador

Our profile page for Britannia   [Map]

Distance: About 2,633 miles [4,237.4 km] to the East Northeast.

Ontario

Our profile page for Britannia   [Map]

Distance: About 1,643 miles [2,644.2 km] to the East.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Britannia ...

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.

Deer Run   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast of Britannia   [Map]

Forest Lawn   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Haysboro   -   Less than 2 miles to the South   [Map]

Heritage Woods   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

Highwood   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the North   [Map]

Signal Hill   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the West   [Map]

Sunnyside   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the North   [Map]

Two Guns   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Vista Heights   -   5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast   [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 Britannia. 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.

Henry 'Hank' Bassen

Professional hockey. He was born in Calgary (Alberta) on Tueday December 6, 1932 and died in Calgary (Alberta) on Friday May 29, 2009 at an age of 76. He was buried at Queen's Park Cemetery (Alberta) [Map].

Calgary [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Britannia

Calgary [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Britannia

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Henry 'Hank' Bassen<7>

Leslie Roy 'Les' Cunningham

Professional hockey. He was born in Calgary (Alberta) on Saturday October 4, 1913 and died in Calgary (Alberta) on Friday April 9, 1993 at an age of 79. He was buried at Burnsland Cemetery (Alberta).

Calgary [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Britannia

Calgary [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Britannia

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Leslie Roy 'Les' Cunningham

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).

Calgary [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Britannia

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Norman Alexander Mervyn 'Red' Dutton

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).

Calgary [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Britannia

Calgary [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Britannia

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Norman 'Dutch' Gainor

Glen Gorbous

Major League Baseball. He was born in Drumheller (Alberta) on Tueday July 8, 1930 and died in Calgary (Alberta) on Tueday June 12, 1990 at an age of 59.

Calgary [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Britannia

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Glen Gorbous

Owen James Hart

Professional wrestler. He was born in Calgary (Alberta) on Friday May 7, 1965 and died in Kansas City (Missouri) on Sunday May 23, 1999 at an age of 34. He was buried at Queen's Park Cemetery (Alberta) [Map].

Calgary [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Britannia

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Owen James Hart

Stewart E. 'Stu' Hart

Professional wrestler. He was born in Saskatoon (Saskatchewan) on Monday May 3, 1915 and died in Calgary (Alberta) on Thursday October 16, 2003 at an age of 88. He was buried at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens (Alberta) [Map].

Calgary [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Britannia

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Stewart E. 'Stu' Hart

Herbert A. 'The Duke of Duluth' Lewis

Professional hockey. He was born in Calgary (Alberta) on Tueday April 17, 1906 and died in Indianapolis (Indiana) on Sunday January 20, 1991 at an age of 84. He was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery (Marion County, Indiana) [Map].

Calgary [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Britannia

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Herbert A. 'The Duke of Duluth' Lewis

Michael Anthony 'Mike' Lozanski

Professional wrestler. He was born in Calgary (Alberta) on Wednesday November 13, 1968 and died in Vancouver (British Columbia) on Thursday December 18, 2003 at an age of 35.

Calgary [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Britannia

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Michael Anthony 'Mike' Lozanski

Rhonda A. 'Bertha Faye' Singh

Professional wrestler. She was born in Calgary (Alberta) on Tueday February 21, 1961 and died in Calgary (Alberta) on Friday July 27, 2001 at an age of 40.

Calgary [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Britannia

Calgary [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Britannia

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Rhonda A. 'Bertha Faye' Singh

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).

Calgary [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Britannia

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).

Calgary [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Britannia

Calgary [Map] is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the north of Britannia

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul Ivan Thompson

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

The official website for Province of Alberta: https://www.alberta.ca/

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Britannia. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 51.0000, Longitude: -114.0833     [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 Britannia 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 334.257 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 335.04 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 321.972 degrees.

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<7>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: findagrave.com.

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