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 Our Programs ->Adult programs

Have you lost something?

Check our lost and found photos

Important Updates

  • This year for the first time ever, Orienteering Ottawa sent a team to Jukola. If that’s a foreign word to you, read our previous article for some insight. It was a great adventure and the team had...
  • We are very proud to announce that, for the first time ever, Ottawa is sending a team to Jukola. It’s always been a dream, and with three OOC members living in Scandinavia, and other members racing...
  • The SS#1 results are now posted.  These results show the points you received and how the handicapping evens the field.  Additionally you can follow each and any runner on Route Gadget Route...
  • We shouldn't panic about ticks or Lyme disease, but we do need to learn to live with them and there are easy precautions that can be taken. Micheal Raz has compiled a wealth of knowledge for us.
  • There were 81 starts at the meet at Kingsmere last Sunday.   Read on for a link to the results.

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