Friday, August 29, 2014

Lion's Head, Ontario: The 45th Parallel Road

Geography students realize that the 45th parallel goes all the way around the world. If the earth were perfectly round, that would be the halfway point between the North Pole and the Equator.

As it turns out, part of Route 9 (just east of Highway 6) in the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario happens to fall right on the line. Some enterprising civil servant has celebrated that fact by putting up a sign in tribute.

By the way, the actual halfway line falls a few miles north of here. It's on one of the tourist maps that is handed out to visitors. I've never seen that in other such locations. That line, however, doesn't get a spiffy street sign like this one.

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