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 community such as Embarras Portage to various places of note, such as Parliament Hill.
With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Embarras Portage and extending to:
Edmonton, which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 347 miles [558.4 km]<1> to the south southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Embarras Portage to Edmonton, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 20 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 14 days.
The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON) is 1,739 miles [2,798.6 km] to the east southeast (ESE). 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) is 5,910 miles [9,511.2 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<4>
The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,674 miles [10,740.8 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<5>
The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,792 miles [7,712 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<6>
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Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or 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- Embarras Portage) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Embarras Portage. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 58.4500, Longitude: -111.5000
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.
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 Embarras Portage to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 332.117 degrees.
The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 333.275 degrees.
The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 318.739 degrees.
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