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Introduction ...

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

This page contains two sections:

How Far From Calgary 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 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

Texas

San Augustine County

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

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The official website for Calgary: www.calgary.ca/

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



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Calgary. A straight line distance ignores obstructions 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, we've provided the following link for your convenience: 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 the angle) to Jerusalem is 334.247 degrees.

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

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

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Calgary.