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 Kimmirut to various places of note, such as Parliament Hill.
With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Kimmirut and extending to:
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Iqaluit, which is the Territorial Capital of Nunavut, lies 74 miles [119.1 km]<1> to the north northeast (NNE).
The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON) is 1,224 miles [1,969.8 km] to the south southwest (SSW).
The shortest distance<2> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 4,725 miles [7,604.2 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<3>
The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 5,491 miles [8,836.9 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<4>
The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 3,468 miles [5,581.2 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<5>
Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a '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- Kimmirut) 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 Kimmirut. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from KimmirutOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Kimmirut. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 62.8472, Longitude: -69.8699
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 Kimmirut 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 298.058 degrees.
The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 296.963 degrees.
The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 286.345 degrees.