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 Poisson Blanc to various places of note, such as Parliament Hill.
With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance<1> beginning in Poisson Blanc and extending to:
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The National Capital at Parliament Hill (Ottawa, ON) is 271 miles [436.1 km]<1> to the south southwest (SSW). If you could drive a straight line from Poisson Blanc to Parliament Hill, with an average speed<2>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take four to five hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take 16 days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take 11 days.
The shortest distance<3> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 5,336 miles [8,587.5 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<4>
The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,072 miles [9,771.9 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<5>
The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 3,956 miles [6,366.6 km] and it lies to the east northeast (ENE).<6>
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 drawn from Point A (ie- Poisson Blanc) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Poisson Blanc. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 49.0000, Longitude: -73.3000
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 Poisson Blanc 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 304.282 degrees.
The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 301.057 degrees.
The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 298.115 degrees.