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Calgary, Alberta

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains four sections:

How Far From Calgary to ...

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

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

  • Edmonton [Map], which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 173 miles [278.4 km] to the North (N). If you could drive a straight line from Calgary to Edmonton, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take about 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 1,785 miles [2,872.7 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 6,411 miles [10,317.5 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 7,178 miles [11,551.9 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,251 miles [8,450.7 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Calgary ...

While the name Calgary is unique within Alberta, we know of one more community in the United States.

Communities Outside of Alberta


San Augustine County

Our profile page for Calgary, San Augustine County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,683 miles [2,708.5 km] to the Southeast

Curious and Interesting Names Near Calgary ...

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   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast of Calgary   [Map]
Forest Lawn   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Haysboro   -   6 miles [9.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Heritage Woods   -   7 miles [11.3 km] to the West   [Map]
Highwood   -   Less than 2 miles to the North   [Map]
Janet   -   9 miles [14.5 km] to the East   [Map]
Sunnyside   -   Less than 2 miles to the Southwest   [Map]
Valley Ridge   -   8 miles [12.9 km] to the West   [Map]
Vista Heights   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the East   [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 Calgary. 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 on Tueday December 6, 1932 and died in Calgary on Friday May 29, 2009 at an age of 76. He was buried at Queen's Park Cemetery (Alberta) [Map].

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Henry 'Hank' Bassen<7>
Leslie Roy 'Les' Cunningham
  Professional hockey. He was born in Calgary on Saturday October 4, 1913 and died in Calgary on Friday April 9, 1993 at an age of 79. He was buried at Burnsland Cemetery (Alberta).

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 on Sunday March 15, 1987 at an age of 89. He was buried at Union Cemetery (Alberta) [Map].

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

Find-A-Grave Memorial: James Norman 'Dutch' Gainor
Owen James Hart
  Professional wrestler. He was born in Calgary 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].

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

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

Find-A-Grave Memorial: Paul Ivan Thompson

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Alberta

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Calgary:

The official website for Province of Alberta:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Calgary. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Calgary) 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 Calgary. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Calgary

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Calgary. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 51.0638, Longitude: -114.0684     [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 Calgary 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 334.247 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 335.033 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 321.953 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:

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