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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

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

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

  • The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON [Map]) is 1,761 miles [2,834.1 km] to the East (E). If you could drive a straight line from Edmonton to Parliament Hill, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 100 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 69 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,246 miles [10,052 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 7,012 miles [11,284.7 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,101 miles [8,209.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Edmonton ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Edmonton.

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


Communities Outside of Alberta

Kentucky

Metcalfe County

Our profile page for Edmonton, Metcalfe County   [Map]
Distance: About 1,753 miles [2,821.2 km] to the East Southeast

Ontario

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

Curious and Interesting Names Near Edmonton ...

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.

Beverly   -   4 miles [6.4 km] to the East of Edmonton   [Map]
Carbondale   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the North   [Map]
Cooking Lake   -   18 miles [29 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Gold Bar   -   3 miles [4.8 km] to the East   [Map]
Half Moon Lake   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the East   [Map]
Hercules   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
Rolling Meadows   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the West   [Map]
Spruce Grove   -   17 miles [27.4 km] to the West   [Map]
Virginia Park   -   2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Woodland Park   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

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Visit our Community Index for Alberta

About Alberta

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Edmonton: www.edmonton.ca/

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



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Edmonton. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 53.5500, Longitude: -113.5000     [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 Edmonton 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 333.819 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 334.751 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 321.161 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 Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek 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 Edmonton 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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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Edmonton.