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Old Posted Jul 16, 2013, 3:09 PM
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The Distance To...

I love those signs that show the distance from where you're standing to various points around the world.

Timeanddate.com has an easy little tool to calculate the straight-line distance between any two cities on earth. It's fun to explore - and there will probably be a few surprises for you.

Here, for example, is the distance from St. John's to some various cities. I've bolded all of the non-Canadian ones for comparison:

Halifax: 899 kilometers
Augusta (Maine): 1368 kilometers
Quebec City: 1404 kilometers
Boston: 1554 kilometers
New York City: 1859 kilometers
Hamilton (Bermuda): 1979 kilometers
Toronto: 2114 kilometers
Ponta Delgada (Azores): 2454 kilometers
Reykjavik: 2621 kilometers
Winnipeg (CENTRE OF CANADA): 3230 kilometers
Dublin: 3300 kilometers
Miami: 3413 kilometers
Lisbon: 3627 kilometers
London (U.K.): 3750 kilometers
Havana: 3779 kilometers
Madrid: 3943 kilometers
Paris: 4003 kilometers
Rabat (Morocco): 4082 kilometers
Yellowknife: 4091 kilometers
Dakhla (Western Sahara): 4191 kilometers
Oslo: 4220 kilometers
Edmonton: 4225 kilometers
Caracas (Venezuela): 4319 kilometers
Zurich: 4493 kilometers
Berlin: 4599 kilometers
Algiers (Algeria): 4656 kilometers
Prague: 4768 kilometers
Dakar (Senegal, West Africa): 4885 kilometers
Panama: 4966 kilometers
Helsinki: 4975 kilometers
Vienna: 4985 kilometers
Vancouver: 5020 kilometers
Rome: 5050 kilometers
Victoria (B.C.): 5078 kilometers
Warsaw: 5089 kilometers
Whitehorse: 5193 kilometers

What about yours? Any surprise you?

I was surprised that we're closer to Yellowknife than Edmonton. The curvature of the earth has a greater impact than I thought, given how far south of Edmonton we are (we'd be in the States if we were that far west). I just assumed it would be farther to Yellowknife for that reason.

Also, being closer to Africa than Alberta is a bit of a surprise as well. I knew were were close, but I imagined it'd be just a few hundred kilometres shy of the distance to B.C., not THAT much closer.
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Calgary to

South - Mexico City - 3747km
North - Alert - 3874km
West - Anadyr - 4092km
East - St. John's - 4348km
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Vancouver to...

Tolagnaro, Madagascar - 17190km
East London, South Africa - 17020km
Durban, South Africa - 16960km
Port Elizabeth, South Africa - 16940km

Selected major cities furthest away... Far cry from the maximum of 20,040km though....
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Old Posted Jul 16, 2013, 6:03 PM
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The distance from our provincial and territorial capitals to our national capital. Because of Canada's sheer size, Ottawa is certainly one of the few capitals to oversee such a widespread and diverse area.

From Ottawa to:

Toronto: 353 kilometers
Quebec City: 378 kilometers
Fredericton: 706 kilometers
Halifax: 958 kilometers
Charlottetown: 978 kilometers
Winnipeg: 1679 kilometers
St. John's: 1774 kilometers
Iqaluit: 2090 kilometers
Regina: 2216 kilometers
Edmonton: 2845 kilometers
Yellowknife: 3101 kilometers
Victoria: 3586 kilometers
Whitehorse: 4151 kilometers
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Moncton to:

Atlantic Canada

- St. John's - 938 km
- Halifax - 189 km
- Charlottetown - 131 km
- Saint John - 133 km
- Fredericton - 143 km

When you see that all other major cities in the Maritimes are less than 200 km away, you can understand why Moncton is nicknamed the "Hub City"

Rest of Canada

- Quebec City - 499 km
- Montreal - 683 km
- Ottawa - 848 km
- Toronto - 1180 km
- Winnipeg - 2428 km
- Calgary - 3605 km
- Vancouver - 4280 km
- Whitehorse - 4683 km
- Alert - 4060 km

United States

- Boston - 648 km
- New York - 954 km
- Washington - 1280 km
- Miami - 2637 km
- Chicago - 1881 km
- Denver - 3317 km
- Los Angeles - 4655 km

Rest of World

- Mexico City - 4309 km
- Buenos Aires - 8962 km
- London - 4635 km
- Moscow - 6607 km
- Cape Town - 12,164 km
- Beijing - 10,476 km
- Perth - 18,432 km

Perth is pretty much as close as you can get to being the antipode of Moncton. One thing that I have been fascinated about for some time is that the most direct route to Perth from Moncton is north, almost directly over the North Pole.....
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Old Posted Jul 16, 2013, 6:22 PM
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Atlantic Canada

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When you see that all other major cities in the Maritimes are less than 200 km away, you can see why Moncton is nicknamed the "Hub City)
Very true. Also, high five for using Atlantic Canada and Maritimes correctly.
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Our two ferry routes...

From North Sydney, Nova Scotia, to:

Channel-Port-aux-Basques: 173.5 kilometres
Argentia: 492.8 kilometres
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I like to use Google's Distance Measurement Tool to get distances between points, just more visual:


googleMapsDistance by franktko1, on Flickr

I found out that I could travel over 1900 km and still be in Quebec! Going west, the same distance would take me past Winnipeg, south to Daytona Beach in Florida and some 300 km past St John's in the sea going east...
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Very cool. Ours isn't quite as far. From our southernmost to northernmost point (which, BTW, is on a tiny island that Newfoundland and Nunavut share part of):

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Castlegar to:

Local

Osoyoos (west): 220km
Cranbrook (east): 230km
Spokane (south): 240km
Revelstoke (north): 250km

Other major Canadian cities

Vancouver: 618km
Calgary: 612km

Toronto: 3913km
Montreal: 4442km
St Johns: 6975Km
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St Johns: 6975Km
And you're coming all that way!
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And you're coming all that way!
Actually i'll be coming from Vancouver so 7593!! That is road distance and not as the jet flies but still!! How wide is Europe??
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The vast majority of Europe is a single time zone.
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Actually i'll be coming from Vancouver so 7593!! That is road distance and not as the jet flies but still!! How wide is Europe??
Canada is nearly as large as Europe, even including the Russian part.......

Canada - 9,984,670 sq km
Europe - 10,180,000 sq km

Hence Canada is 98.1% the size of Europe.
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I'm so excited Denscity is coming. There's little I love more than showing someone around on their first time here. It's fun even if it's not their first, like with SurrealPlaces. But if it's their first, I just love it. I LOVE seeing what they notice, what makes them say, "Wow!", what makes them say, "That's kinda sad...", etc.
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The vast majority of Europe is a single time zone.
In regards to time zones, it's not really necessary for Newfoundland to have the half hour time zone difference, since it exists totally within the proper geographical area for the Atlantic time zone. However, I think tradition and familiarity would make any such change very unpopular.

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Some other interesting distances for Vancouver:

(Keeping in mind - Vancouver to St. John's NL, 5020 kilometers)

Vancouver to Seattle, 193 kilometers
Vancouver to San Francisco, 1281 kilometers
Vancouver to Los Angeles, 1739 kilometers
Vancouver to Winnipeg, 1871 kilometers
Vancouver to Austin Texas, 3002 kilometers
Vancouver to Mexico City, 3943 kilometers
Vancouver to Honolulu, 4359 kilometers
Vancouver to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia 5212 kilometers
Vancouver to Tokyo, 7571 kilometers

Our concept of distance is obviously influenced by political borders and affiliations, available transportation networks and media, and natural geographical barriers (oceans, mountains, etc.).
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We cling to whatever separates us like we have clung to this God forsaken rock. ;-)
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These days it's "Thank God we're surrounded by Oil", yet I think people still would like a fixed link if it were possible.
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A great thread! I love geeky things like this, although was sad it couldn't find my home town back in England.
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A great thread! I love geeky things like this, although was sad it couldn't find my home town back in England.
What town is that?
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