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Join us the weekend of April 25-27 when we will kick off the season with three events - a sprint Friday night and more great adventures in the woods Saturday and Sunday. There will be more events sooner, weather permitting, so keep in touch.
Orienteering Ottawa is a group of outdoor sports enthusiasts who organize and take part in orienteering events of various kinds in the National Capital area. We welcome members and newcomers alike to our meets.
We encourage you to come out to learn about our high speed navigation sport, to improve your map and compass skills for your next adventure run, or to simply enjoy a hike or run in our parks and woodlands. Still not sure about the sport. Read this article from a few years back about one of the events.
Just show up at any of the scheduled "B" or summer solstice events , mention to the registrar you are new and would like some help. Someone will be happy to show you the basic skills and how to complete an orienteering course. Visit the "What is Orienteering" page for a sample orienteering course.
One never finishes the orienteering experience because every event is unique. New locations, different terrain, longer/shorter courses, easier/harder navigational challenges, etc. are an integral part of the sport. Getting involved with the club and organizing your own events are also part of the fun.
Note: Be sure to report to the finish after each event - we are very safety conscious. As our meet directors like to get home for Sunday dinner, all Sunday courses will be closed at 2 PM and flags will be picked up at that time. Be sure to report back by 2pm.
Orienteering is a lifetime sport for many of us. We have a strong junior program and a very active adult group of all ages.