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 Axe Point to various places of note, such as Parliament Hill.
With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Axe Point and extending to:
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Yellowknife, which is the Territorial Capital of Northwest Territories, lies 161 miles [259.1 km]<1> to the east northeast (ENE). If you could drive a straight line from Axe Point to Yellowknife, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than three hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 10 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 7 days.
The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON) is 2,028 miles [3,263.7 km] to the east southeast (ESE). Driving would take 4 days, a buggy would take 80 days and walking would take 116 days.
The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,837 miles [9,393.7 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 6,593 miles [10,610.4 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<5>
The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,797 miles [7,720 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<6>
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 drawn from Point A (ie- Axe Point) to Point B.
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Axe Point. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 61.3000, Longitude: -118.6847
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 Axe Point 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 337.949 degrees.
The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 339.966 degrees.
The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 323.234 degrees.