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Arctic Winter Games: Olympics of the North

 Intermediate

Latitude is a measurement that tells you how far north or south a place is on the Earth. The equator, for example, has a latitude of zero degrees while the latitude of Sydney, Australia, is 34 degrees south. In Ottawa the latitude is approximately 45 degrees north. And, if you keep going north, beyond 55 degrees north, you will find the Arctic and the site of the Arctic Winter Games.

The Arctic Winter Games are like the Olympics but they are only for people who live north of 55 degrees, or "North of the 55th parallel."

At the Arctic Winter Games, participants compete in sports. It is also a place for northern people to learn about each others’ cultures.

To find out more about the Arctic Winter Games, try this lesson.

 

 
 
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