What is Orienteering?

The sport of skilled navigation, orienteering is a timed challenge through unfamiliar terrain to find a series of checkpoints (called controls) and return to the finish.

The only tools you're allowed - a detailed map with the course and controls on it (given to you at the start), a compass, and your brain. The rest is up to you. Usually on foot, but sometimes on skis, snowshoes, or mountain bike, orienteering can be as extreme, or as leisurely, as you like. Learn More!


Try an Event

Getting started in our sport is easy. You can come out to one of our clinics, join one of our training programs, or jump right in and give one of our events a go. All of our events are beginner and family friendly.

Get Started!

Any of the events in the following series
would be excellent ones to start with:

Spring and Fall Series Join us!
Sunday morning events in Ottawa's nicest
forests and natural areas.
Summer Solstice Series Join us!
Fun Tuesday evening events throughout June.
Accessible greenbelt locations.
Winter Series Join us!
Orienteer on skis and snowshoes!
Orienteering Clinics Join us!
Get a jump start on our sport!

Find your Program

Want to improve your orienteering? Stay in shape while using your brain? Orienteering Ottawa has programs for orienteers of all ages and abilities.

Here are a few of our most popular programs:

Learn to Orienteer:
Instructional Clinics for all ages 5-85 More Details
Kids Running Free
Spring and Fall sessions for ages 8-14.
No experience required.
Multiple locations! See Junior programs
Drop-in Running Training
Every Wednesday year round.
All ages, all abilities. More Details
Adult Technique Programs
Basic Level - See Adult programs
Intermediate Level More Details
Advanced Level More Details

Important Updates

  • Lost and Found

    14 July 2015
    Have you lost articles, perhaps while orienteering.  We have quite a collection.
  • Ottawa O-Fest 2015 – September 26/27 on Carp Ridge

    11 July 2015
    It’s summer now, but fall orienteering sneaks up fast!  Orienteering Ottawa’s annual O-Fest is scheduled this year for September 26/27.
  • IE8, IE9

    01 July 2015
    Do you use IE8 or IE9? This website uses functionality which is not supported by IE8 or 9 to display Upcoming events and our calendar.  A visitor on IE8 or IE9 is redirected to a separately updated p...
  • International Athlete of the Month

    21 June 2015
    That's our Ottawa gal, Emily Kemp Do you know, or know of, Emily. If not, now is the time to get to know her. She has been named Athlete of the Month by the International Orienteering Federation (IOF...

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