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Introduction ...

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

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

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

  • Edmonton [Map], which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 227 miles [365.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could drive a straight line from Rainier to Edmonton, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take nearly four hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 13 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 9 days.
  • The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON [Map]) is 1,700 miles [2,735.9 km] to the East (E). Driving would take most of three days, a buggy would take 67 days and walking would take 97 days.
  • The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock [Map]) is 6,415 miles [10,323.9 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 7,183 miles [11,559.9 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,234 miles [8,423.3 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named Rainier ...

We have found 2 communities that share the name Rainier.

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


Communities Outside of Alberta

Oregon

Columbia County

Our profile page for Rainier, Columbia County   [Map]
Distance: About 579 miles [931.8 km] to the West Southwest

Washington

Thurston County

Our profile page for Rainier, Thurston County   [Map]
Distance: About 539 miles [867.4 km] to the West Southwest

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rainier. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 50.3667, Longitude: -112.0833     [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 Rainier 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 332.638 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to Mecca is 333.139 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the Vatican is 320.771 degrees.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Rainier.