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! More Details
Drop-in Running Training
Every Wednesday year round.
All ages, all abilities. More Details
Adult Technique Programs
Basic Level More Details
Intermediate Level More Details
Advanced Level More Details

Important Updates

  • Orienteering in Arizona

    24 January 2015
    Traveling south (and westward) ?  Bruce  and Donna have found sound very different terrain in which  to orienteer and a welcoming club.  Wherever you may be going, check for local club meets.  You wil...
  • Winter Mapping

    06 December 2014
    Bill Meldrum is working with Wakefield Ensemble and the Municipaliy of La Pêche to create high-quality hiking and snowshoe maps of the Wakefield area. He has LiDAR data from the NCC and 2014 orthophot...
  • Annual General Meeting 2014

    29 November 2014
    Mark your calendar now for January 18.
  • NAOC2014 Get Out There video

    03 November 2014
    Get Out There magazine has produced a video of the NAOC 2014 event. 

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