Orienteering Resources

International symbols

Are you now running the intermediate or advanced courses but having difficulty understanding the International Symbols used on the control descriptions? The complete specifications for this can be found from the International Orienteering Federation (IOF).

This 'friendlier' 2 page document relates the most common features to a map symbol. It may be easier to follow and we recommend you keep a copy with your orienteering gear for quick reference.

Orienteering Ottawa club maps

Our very detailed orienteering maps are under copyright. They may be used by other organizations for a small charge.

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Orienteering map purchases for personal use

Interested in purchasing one of Orienteering Ottawa’s local maps for your own personal use?  The O-store stocks a selection of unused maps from past meets we have held in public parks in the Ottawa/Gatineau region. Please note that possession of an orienteering map does not give you access to private lands that may be part of the mapped area (just like owning a city map doesn’t give you the right to walk across people’s lawns).

Maps legends

The IOF publishes two extensive standards for mapping, one for sprint orienteering (ISSOM) and one for middle and long distance disciplines (ISOM). All mappers should reference these and competitive orienteers may find section 5 of the ISOM standard and pages 5-12 of the ISSOM standard worth studying.

Orienteering equipment

Our O flags and punches can be borrowed by non-profit organizations and otherwise rented.

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Timing equipment, flags and much more can be purchased at the O-store .

Help with hosting an event

If you are a school, non-profit organisation, or corporation looking to host an orienteering event, we can help! We have a wide variety of options, from an affordable print-your-own-maps option, to providing the coaching and assistance that you might need for your event. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about the options available, and their costs.