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The location of Fort MacLeod









Introduction ...

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

This page contains two sections:

How Far From Fort MacLeod 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 town such as Fort MacLeod to various places of note, such as Parliament Hill.

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

  • Edmonton [Map], which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 263 miles [423.3 km] to the North (N). If you could drive a straight line from Fort MacLeod to Edmonton, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 15 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 11 days.
  • The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON [Map]) is 1,761 miles [2,834.1 km] to the East (E). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 69 days and walking would take 100 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,481 miles [10,430.2 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<4>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba [Map]) is 7,248 miles [11,664.5 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,305 miles [8,537.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Fort MacLeod ...

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.

Diamond City   -   27 miles [43.5 km] to the East of Fort MacLeod   [Map]

Hillspring   -   30 miles [48.3 km] to the South   [Map]

Monarch   -   13 miles [20.9 km] to the East   [Map]

Picture Butte   -   29 miles [46.7 km] to the East   [Map]

Pincher Creek   -   29 miles [46.7 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Pincher Station   -   28 miles [45.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]

Stand Off   -   19 miles [30.6 km] to the South   [Map]

Woodhouse   -   16 miles [25.7 km] to the North   [Map]

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Fort MacLeod: www.town.fortmacleod.ab.ca/

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

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Fort MacLeod. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 49.7333, Longitude: -113.4000     [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 Fort MacLeod 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 333.675 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 334.272 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 321.717 degrees.

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