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Old Posted Mar 2, 2013, 10:17 PM
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The Northeast Avalon (including the entire St. John's Metro):


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That pic of St. John's is crazy lol. can someone tell me where the city is in this pic? I honest to god can't tell lmao! I feel stupid.

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Old Posted Mar 2, 2013, 10:39 PM
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That pic of St. John's is crazy lol. can someone tell me where the city is in this pic? I honest to god can't tell lmao! I feel stupid.
No problem:



And this is what the area inside the red square looks like:



The yellow basically encircles the Urban Area portion of the Metro. The main municipalities are Conception Bay South, Paradise, Mount Pearl, and St. John's - but there are a couple of others. Then, outside the yellow, you have a few rural communities that are still included in the Metro. The biggest of those is Torbay, which is just outside the northern edge of the yellow "circle".
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Port Arthur is going to be jealous now.
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Old Posted Mar 2, 2013, 10:59 PM
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He hasn't taken any photos of Thunder Bay yet.
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Old Posted Mar 2, 2013, 11:06 PM
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Knox: Also, an interesting tidbit about St. John's to make your head hurt...

Culturally, Newfoundlanders don't think in cardinal points. If you ask someone for directions, the response will NEVER include the words north, south, east, or west. We just don't think that way. We say up/down (up meaning away from downtown, down meaning, literally, downhill toward downtown), left/right for which way you turn, and we give distance in time.

So, where a Winnipegger might say: "It's just 10 miles from here. You have to continue west on Main Street, then turn north on Berry Street, and then you should see it."

A Townie would say, "It's about 15 minutes away. Keep going up Main and turn right on Berry."

But, now to my real point...

The only time we use cardinal points commonly is in describing the West End and East End of St. John's. The catch is we pretend the harbour of St. John's and our downtown runs east-west, when in reality it runs much closer to north-south.

So we end up with this:



You can literally leave the West End, drive northwest, and finish in the East End.
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He hasn't taken any photos of Thunder Bay yet.
I was noticing the St. John's area named Fort William.
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I've known about that for a while. There is a large office block there called the Fort William Building.

In Thunder Bay, since we're two cities, the "ends" and "sides" are kind of confusing:



Most of these aren't used much anymore. I also included College Park and College Heights. East to confuse the two.

Also, a lot of people refer to Port Arthur as "North Ward" and Fort William as "South Ward". Those were their original proposed post-amalgamation names; their official names today are Thunder Bay North and Thunder Bay South, so technically if you want to refer to Port Arthur you are supposed to say "Thunder Bay North" but no one ever does that.
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I just noticed that the Trans-canada highway is totally bypassing Thunder bay, is it something recent?
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That's insane, Vid - I love it!

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The Commander posted another of Newfoundland a few hours ago:



The Avalon Peninsula is closest one, connected by a very narrow isthmus to the rest of the island of Newfoundland. The southern tip of the Avalon Peninsula (which would be the left side of it in this photo) is the southernmost point on the island.

Once you're back on the bulk of the island, you can see the Burin Peninsula to the left of the isthmus, and the Bonavista Peninsula to the right. Just off the "boot" of the Burin Peninsula, you can see the French islands, St-Pierre-et-Miquelon.

At the top is the west coast, including the Port-au-Port Peninsula and the Bay of Islands (on which Corner Brook, our fourth-largest city, is situated). It's a half-day's drive from St. John's, which is located right in the middle of that blurry fog bank on the Avalon.

I love seeing pictures from space. It's so cool! I wonder what difference a good zoom lens would make?
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It's cool to see that all these photos are taken by Chris Hadfield. I was friends with his son a few years back when he still lived in Shanghai. He'd never mention to people that his dad was an astronaut which I thought was a bit strange. I'd be mad proud, and telling everyone.
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I just noticed that the Trans-canada highway is totally bypassing Thunder bay, is it something recent?
The Trans-Canada goes through the western part of Port Arthur, and then makes a sharp right along a new highway that opened in 2007. East of the city, a new alignment is being built to by-pass all the populated areas that have developed along the highway in the past 15 years.
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The Trans-Canada goes through the western part of Port Arthur, and then makes a sharp right along a new highway that opened in 2007. East of the city, a new alignment is being built to by-pass all the populated areas that have developed along the highway in the past 15 years.
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Land scarce Vancouver could do with that flat portion on the US side. Too bad they didn't settle on the 48th parallel instead of the 49th. You can see where the border is.
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The figures from demographia are quite different:

Toronto's urbanized area has 6,139,000 people in 2,286 sq/km.
Detroit's urbanized area has 3,724,000 people in 3,463 sq/km.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._by_population

Toronto's urbanized area is MUCH denser than Detroit's.
well interesting list to say the least. every low density city is American, look at every city under 2000 people per sq/km, all USA???

Even New York, Toronto much denser than New York!!! WOW......

Mpls 1000?? , Houston , Denver, Just sprawl sprawl sprawl!! sad

The country of the auto!!
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Point Pelee

Pelee Island & Middle Island

Leamington is also in the pic.
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Point Pelee

Pelee Island & Middle Island

Leamington is also in the pic.
Some day (in summer!) I would really like to visit Pelee Island.
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Some day (in summer!) I would really like to visit Pelee Island.
Pelee Island is awesome, we go at least twice a year, rent bikes and hit the winery pavilion. It's a very laid back and friendly place, with total strangers waving as you pass by, it's known as the Pelee wave, and it happens often. Lots of nature and gorgeous beaches to explore. We always take the last ferry home, as we can drive back home in half an hour, but there are lots of cottages to rent if you prefer to stay longer. You should also hit all the wineries around Amherstburg, Harrow and Colchester on the mainland, when you are visiting the island, lots to see and great wine and eats.
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Land scarce Vancouver could do with that flat portion on the US side. Too bad they didn't settle on the 48th parallel instead of the 49th.
If they'd done that then the area around what is now Everett WA* would likely be Canada's major Pacific coast metropolis. The location that is now Vancouver probably wouldn't be much more significant than is Bellingham today.


*Or more precisely around Tulalip and Marysville north of Everett since Everett itself would be bisected by the border, creating a Point Roberts-like feature in reverse. Tulalip Bay is quite deep and offers a good anchorage while the general location has more attractive routes for building a railway to the rest of the country than does Vancouver, notably through the Skagit Valley.
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Point Pelee sure looks... pointy...

I'll show myself out, but, seriously, that's impressive. Looks very unusual.
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Way back in the day, my band played three nights at the Westview Tavern on Pelee Island for Labour Day weekend. It was a blast, and quite a unique and beautiful place. Great beaches and you can bike all around the island very easily. Tons of bikers (as in the Queensmen/Hell's Angels) when I was there, don't know if they still own land there or not. Don't let that stop you from going, they were nice to us.
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