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Old Posted Feb 7, 2018, 8:46 PM
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Was there a French (Quebec) version at all?
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I imagine the consensus is that people think SK and AZ are similarly "west" in their own countries. In my experience there is a similar dynamic between AZ and California as BC and AB/SK in Canada - that is, people in BC and CA tend to think of themselves as the "real west" and not associated with these other "Western" places. In fact, a more appropriate regional grouping for NM/AZ in the USA is "Southwest".
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Old Posted Feb 7, 2018, 9:01 PM
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Did you know that while Vancouver is classified as a Marine climate Victoria is classified as a Mediterranean one?

Did you know that London Ontario was recently voted the 2nd best London on the whole planet?
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I imagine the consensus is that people think SK and AZ are similarly "west" in their own countries. In my experience there is a similar dynamic between AZ and California as BC and AB/SK in Canada - that is, people in BC and CA tend to think of themselves as the "real west" and not associated with these other "Western" places. In fact, a more appropriate regional grouping for NM/AZ in the USA is "Southwest".
Yeah that was kind of my thought as well. My concept of Arizona is not really much more "west" than Saskatchewan.

What does throw me off sometimes is the trajectory of the continental divide, and how far east places like Denver are vs where I would instinctively guess. For some reason I always want to imagine the mountains going straight south from the border.
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Did you know that while Vancouver is classified as a Marine climate Victoria is classified as a Mediterranean one?
victoria is also the coldest/lowest altitude "mediterranean" climate that isn't a mountain range.
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Old Posted Feb 7, 2018, 9:06 PM
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Was there a French (Quebec) version at all?
If *it* exists, you can be sure there is a Québécois version of *it*.

(Kind of like the adage about porn.)
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Old Posted Feb 7, 2018, 9:12 PM
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@acajack: it's called Rule 34.

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Old Posted Feb 7, 2018, 9:13 PM
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Some Halifax/NS ones:

Halifax is closer to Montreal than it is to St. John's. The Montreal-Halifax flight is a shorter distance (810 km) than the Montreal-Windsor ON flight (820 km).

Halifax-Toronto and Halifax-Bermuda are the same distance. Halifax to Saint John (NB) and Halifax to Moncton are about the same distance too (but you have to either take the ferry or drive around the Bay of Fundy to get to SJ so it takes longer).

A bunch of NS shares the same latitudes as New York state. Most maps of Canada don't look like this is true because they shift Atlantic Canada northward. A lot of Americans think NS is north of the New England states.
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A lot of Americans think NS is north of the New England states.
True for NB and PEI too. We're all east of Maine. That concept throws Americans completely for a loop, especially when you tell them we have our own time zone (let alone Newfoundland with another time zone even further to the east).
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True for NB and PEI too. We're all east of Maine. That concept throws Americans completely for a loop, especially when you tell them we have our own time zone (let alone Newfoundland with another time zone even further to the east).
And that not quite so far east is France, which has its own time zone again - half an hour later than in Newfoundland.

That'd be a fun flight.

NYC: 9 a.m.
Halifax: 10 a.m.
St-Pierre: 11 a.m.
St. John's: 10:30 a.m.
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Not strictly Canadian but cities on the Pacific coast of Chile like Concepcion are actually further east than cities on the Atlantic coast of the southeastern U.S.

The west coast of Chile isn't further east that Maritime cities, as the Maritimes (and NL too) stick out quite far into the ocean, but it is further east than much of eastern Quebec.
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Here's a local Vancouver thing that would probably confuse a lot of people (even locals). It would be just as correct (or incorrect) to say "go east on Granville Street... " or "go north on Georgia Street... " instead of the more customary directions that presume the downtown streets run north and south. They don't. The street grid on the downtown Vancouver peninsula sits at a 45 degree angle to north/south/east/west. In the summer I've seen the shadows run exactly parallel to the streets at 3:00 PM standard time. Even some professional maps for downtown real estate have the North indicator at the wrong angle.

This is a correct map (from 1946!).



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Old Posted Feb 7, 2018, 9:54 PM
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^--- Vancouver and Seattle have that in common. Outside downtown, things are remarkably straight grid oriented as you expect. Downtown downtown, everything is titled on it's head.
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Montreal's south shore (rive-sud) is actually the east shore.

So-called north-south streets actually run east-west, and the opposite is true for east-west streets.
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Did you know the southernmost point in Canada lies south of Rome, Barcelona, and even a small part of California?
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Saskatchewan is roughly the same size as Afghanistan. 651,900 square kilometers to 652,230 square kilometers.

Afghanistan is the 42nd country in the world listed by area.

Saskatachewan is 7th in the list of Canadian provinces and territories by area.

Nunavut, the largest province or territory, is roughly the size of Saudi Arabia, number 13 in the world listed by area.
Further to the Afghanistan statistic...
Afghanistan may be the same size as Saskatchewan, but it is also much drier than Saskatchewan.
Despite this, the population of Afghanistan is around 35 million, approximately the population of all of Canada, squeezed into an area the size of Saskatchewan, with a drier climate no less.
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Yeah that was kind of my thought as well. My concept of Arizona is not really much more "west" than Saskatchewan.
Not the case for me. Arizona is in the middle of the mountains, which I equate to the BC interior. For the same reason, Denver I equate with Calgary, and Saskatchewan with flat Great Plains states.
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For some reason I always want to imagine the mountains going straight south from the border.
Same thing for me, which should pretty clearly explain the post above.

In fact I find it puzzling that you would both, at the same time, tend to think of the Rockies as going north-south, yet find it normal at first sight that going due north from Arizona you're ending somewhere other than the BC interior.....?
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Castlegar is as far west as San Diego.
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Castlegar is as far west as San Diego.
Exactly my point. "Functionally", in terms of location and biomes, San Diego is equivalent to Tofino, while Saskatchewan shortgrass prairie is equivalent to Kansas shortgrass prairie, not Arizona's "interior West" mountains and valleys and deserts.

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