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Introduction ...

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

This page contains two sections:

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

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

  • Edmonton [Map], which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 60 miles [96.6 km] to the North (N). If you could walk a straight line from Ponoka to Edmonton, with an average speed<2> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of three days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
  • The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON [Map]) is 1,763 miles [2,837.3 km] to the East (E). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of three days, a buggy would take 69 days and walking would take 101 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,302 miles [10,142.1 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 7,068 miles [11,374.8 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,150 miles [8,288.1 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ponoka ...

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.

Crystal Springs   -   27 miles [43.5 km] to the Northwest of Ponoka   [Map]
Grandview   -   29 miles [46.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]
Gull Lake   -   21 miles [33.8 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Mirror   -   24 miles [38.6 km] to the Southeast   [Map]
New Norway   -   29 miles [46.7 km] to the Northeast   [Map]
Pipestone   -   26 miles [41.8 km] to the North   [Map]
Red Deer   -   29 miles [46.7 km] to the South   [Map]
Rosedale Valley   -   15 miles [24.1 km] to the Southwest   [Map]
Silver Beach   -   29 miles [46.7 km] to the Northwest   [Map]

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Ponoka: www.ponoka.org/

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' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Ponoka. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ponoka) 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 Ponoka. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Ponoka

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ponoka. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 52.6797, Longitude: -113.5841     [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 Ponoka 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 333.881 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 334.749 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 321.37 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ponoka.