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White Sands, Alberta

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Introduction ...

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

This page contains three sections:

How Far From White Sands to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a village such as White Sands to various places of note, such as Parliament Hill.

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

  • Edmonton [Map], which is the Provincial Capital of Alberta, lies 79 miles [127.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW). If you could drive a straight line from White Sands to Edmonton, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 5 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take most of three days.
  • The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON [Map]) is 1,730 miles [2,784.2 km] to the East (E). 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 [Map]) is 6,300 miles [10,138.9 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 7,067 miles [11,373.2 km] and it lies to the North Northeast (NNE).<5>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican [Map]) is 5,141 miles [8,273.6 km] and it lies to the Northeast (NE).<6>

Communities Also Named White Sands ...

We have found 5 communities that share the name White Sands.

While the name White Sands is unique within Alberta, we know of another 5 communities with the same name in the United States and Canada.

Communities Outside of Alberta


Hall County

Our profile page for White Sands, Hall County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,895 miles [3,049.7 km] to the East Southeast.


Calvert County

Our profile page for White Sands, Calvert County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,980 miles [3,186.5 km] to the East Southeast.

New Mexico

Dona Ana County

Our profile page for White Sands, Dona Ana County   [Map]

Distance: About 1,422 miles [2,288.5 km] to the South Southeast.

Prince Edward Island

Our profile page for White Sands   [Map]

Distance: About 2,262 miles [3,640.3 km] to the East.


Salt Lake County

Our profile page for White Sands, Salt Lake County   [Map]

Distance: About 823 miles [1,324.5 km] to the South.

Curious and Interesting Names Near White Sands ...

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.

Big Valley   -   30 miles [48.3 km] to the South of White Sands   [Map]

Daysland   -   35 miles [56.3 km] to the Northeast   [Map]

Forestburg   -   32 miles [51.5 km] to the East   [Map]

Leo   -   34 miles [54.7 km] to the Southeast   [Map]

Meeting Creek   -   14 miles [22.5 km] to the North   [Map]

Mirror   -   12 miles [19.3 km] to the West   [Map]

New Norway   -   28 miles [45.1 km] to the North   [Map]

Red Willow   -   10 miles [16.1 km] to the East   [Map]

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in White Sands. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 52.4706, Longitude: -112.8119     [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 White Sands 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 333.257 degrees.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 334.024 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 320.895 degrees.

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