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Old Posted Feb 8, 2018, 4:04 PM
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Let's overlay Montreal Island onto PEI for comparison instead.
That got me curious, so I tried to roughly assemble the maximum contiguous urban area that I could for Toronto and overlay it onto PEI. It even wraps around the coastline nicely when you flip the outline.





Would be pretty cool in theory to have an island metropolis like that.
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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.....?
Well to be fair it's not an actual logical map in my head, but associations with places. I think for me its partially the character of the mountains, the highly compressed defined ranges in Canada form a gateway to the coast in my mind (being from Alberta). Those ranges get dispersed almost immediately south of the border. So my expectation would be for the rockies to continue along and be more consistent with the Sierra Nevada, which would actually keep Arizona fairly analgous to Sask.

This is also the landscape I would most associate with Arizona so SK doesn't feel like a stretch to me.

There also just the cultural associations and the fact that US has much more of a contiuum, as opposed to Canada being by an area of very sparse population. The idea of Saskatchewan being 'central' and trying to compare it to U.S. midwestern states will never feel right to me. I don't think Canada has anything comparable to the midwest - we have shield instead and that shifts many of my associations.
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Old Posted Feb 8, 2018, 4:20 PM
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^heheh, where do you think a zillion Anglo Waste-Islanders moved to when the PQ first was elected to govern Quebec? (I am old enough to remember the exodus...every single house on my street went up for sale...every single one!! Even us....we couldn't sell lest we be underwater with the mortgage, so happily, I got to live in Quebec until my mid twenties [and again during my late twenties/early thirties])

A ton of them moved to Oakville and Burlington.
That route I described has some similarities to some parts of the Milton warehouse vernacular that can be seen from the 401.
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That got me curious, so I tried to roughly assemble the maximum contiguous urban area that I could for Toronto and overlay it onto PEI. It even wraps around the coastline nicely when you flip the outline.





Would be pretty cool in theory to have an island metropolis like that.
yes! Especially that awesome urban pier on the northeast shore.
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As my daughter would sometimes say to her older brother: "Worst is First"

Laughable. Frankly I wish London would have a different name, as we are just so lame by comparison to the one across the "pond". Perfectly good place to live, except you wouldn't want to visit here.
Meh, doing the opposite and outgrowing the legacy of your namesake isn't much better. Edmonton is named after some dude's English manor. Can't get much more lame than that.
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Did you know that...
  • That driving from Victoria BC to St. John's NL throughout Canada (7181 km) is roughly equivalent to a car trip from Lisboa (Portugal) to Riyad (Saudi Arabia)(7220 km).
  • One of the most complicated and long hydronyms is Kaachiskamichischeuwachisinaanuuch Lake, QC, which means "shortcut to the bog".

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Since we're having fun comparing geographies...

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Meh, doing the opposite and outgrowing the legacy of your namesake isn't much better. Edmonton is named after some dude's English manor. Can't get much more lame than that.
Calgary is named after some obscure corner of Scotland if I'm not mistaken.
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Since we're having fun comparing geographies...

I always knew St. John's and Kabul had a lot in common.
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^According to wikipedia...

"Calgary was named after Calgary on the Isle of Mull, Scotland. In turn, the name originates from a compound of kald and gart, similar Old Norse words, meaning "cold" and "garden", likely used when named by the Vikings who inhabited the Inner Hebrides."

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Calgary is named after some obscure corner of Scotland if I'm not mistaken.
Calgary, Edmonton, Alberta, and British Columbia are some of my least favourite "prominent" place names in Canada. They are what they are now, but I do wish we had picked something better back in the day.
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I think "British Columbia" is my least favorite place name in all of Canada. Kind of sticks out like a sore thumb of naming mediocrity.
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Nova Scotia
New Brunswick
Prince Edward Island
Newfoundland

None of those names are very insipiring.
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Nothing beats Okotoks.
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Speaking of mediocre names what about Red Deer? Or Cold Lake?
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Nova Scotia
New Brunswick
Prince Edward Island
Newfoundland

None of those names are very insipiring.
Not a huge fan of those either, but I think I give them at least a partial pass because the associations with the old world feels relatively more present there. Same reason Victoria isn't as bad in my mind. But yeah, ideally I think they could all be better named.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is probably my favourite.
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Nothing beats Okotoks.
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Nothing beats Okotoks.
Okotoks wouldn't have been a bad name for a large city.
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Calgary's prairie is at twice the elevation of Castlegar's mountain base.
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Calgary's prairie is at twice the elevation of Castlegar's mountain base.
And Denver is 3-4x the elevation of Castlegar
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