Centre of Canada
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There are several ways of determining the centre of Canada giving different locations.
- There is a sign on the Trans-Canada Highway at 96°48'35"W proclaiming it the longitudinal centre of Canada; in effect, the north-south line midway between the extreme points of Canada on the east and west, including islands (including Newfoundland since 1949). This is 20 minutes west of the location given by the Atlas of Canada, however. See also: 96th meridian west and 97th meridian west.
- The latitudinal centre of Canada (including islands, but excluding Canada's claim to the North Pole) is a line at 62 degrees 24 minutes North. See also: 62nd parallel north
- The intersection of these two lines is one definition of the centre of Canada, as explained by the Atlas of Canada's website:
- The pole of inaccessibility of Canada (the point furthest from any coastline or land border) is near Jackfish River, Alberta at 34-115-17-W4 (Latitude: 59°2′ 60 N, Longitude: 112°49′ 60 W). (Pole of inaccessibility says 59 1 48 and 112 49 12).