OOC World Orienteering Day: Wednesday May 23 2018

Once again we are approaching World Orienteering Day: a day designated by the International Orienteering Federation to promote our sport with a number of free events.

Briefly stated, this year’s overall goal internationally is  “more sites and more people participating” to support the IOF/WOD initiative ...specifically to double the number of sites and participants of the 2016 event...for Ottawa that would be 4 sites with over 200 participants.. We tentatively have planned an elementary school morning event (not open to the public) The remaining three events below are open to the public.

Midday Events

“High School” Outreach: Arboretum 11-3

We have graciously been granted permission for having a free clinic with short courses in the Arboretum on a map newly updated by Bill Anderson. The event will be run with SI but no formal results will be recorded. Hopefully this will be a good omen for future Arboretum events. This is geared towards secondary student groups. If you are a high school teacher with a group of students in mind, please send an expression of interest to attend or direct any questions to Francis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday May 9, 2018 so that we can be prepared for your arrival. Please indicate the number of students planning to attend and the time of your arrival. Specific details will be sent to groups 1 week prior to the event to confirm arrival procedures.

Lunch-time: City Hall: 12-1 pm

We are pleased to announce a short lunch time course open to the public at the Ottawa City Hall Plaza. All are welcome to attend with no preregistration required. The start and finish will be under the canopy in front of the Main City Hall building. Please consider dropping by for this unique experience. Even better bring a friend. The event will be run with SI but no formal results will be recorded. Thank you to our friends with the City of Ottawa, the Drill Hall and the Race Weekend organization for their support of the event. 

Evening Main Event:

Landsdowne Park 6 PM - 8 PM

This will be the premier event of the day. Thanks to an amazing team at the City of Ottawa and Landsdowne Park we are very fortunate to be able to offer a spectacular centerpiece event to the day. On a brand new sprint map and courses set by Stefan Bergstrom we will weave through the intricacies of the park, the surrounding city parks and landscapes and TD Place stadium concourse. We plan to offer a clinic, a public novice course and a more challenging advanced course. We will also have a string course in the Centennial Garden area near the Horticultural Building for the younger crowd. Thanks to our dedicated timing team we will be using full SI services posting World Orienteering day events on the club website, a first for Ottawa’s World Orienteering Day contribution.

All are welcome. No preregistration is required. The start and finish area is adjacent to the Horticultural Building. Courses open at 6 pm and close at 8 pm. Limited street parking and extensive underground pay parking is available on site as is a plethora of local merchants and restaurants for post event refreshments and gatherings.

Please consider coming out and bringing friends and family to support the day and our hosts at the park.

Putting on an event such as this is always quite an undertaking so if you are able to volunteer for some portion of the day please contact Francis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

World Orienteering Day Team.