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/Gatineau's nicest
forests and natural areas.
Summer Solstice Series Join us!
Fun Tuesday evening events throughout June.
Accessible greenbelt and parkland locations.
Winter Series Join us!
Orienteer on snow!

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
Youth Programs
Spring and Fall sessions for ages 6-18.
No experience required. More Details
Racing Programs
Training and racing programs for
competitive athletes. More Details
Adult Programs
Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Levels
More Details

Upcoming Events

Important Updates

  • 01-07-2022
    Our Summer Solstice Series for 2022 is now complete.  We have a number of new names in the top 10 results and four new meet directors in our team ready to set more challenging courses for club...
  • 25-06-2022
    Have you been participating in the Summer Solstice series?  Who is currently in the lead?  Who will be in the top ten claiming bragging rights after our final meet on Tuesday, June 28?  Read on...
  • 23-06-2022
    The World Orienteering Championships begins this Sunday June 26th. This year it is a Sprint championship and it is held in Denmark (+ 6 hours time difference to Ottawa). The race schedule...
  • 14-06-2022
     Michael MacConaill, a long time member of Orienteering Canada with Orienteering Ottawa and Loup Garou, is remembered by many of our club members.  Here is Gord Hunter's excellent remembrance. 
  • 22-04-2022
    Orienteering Ottawa is hiring two youths for mapping schoolyards and parks in Nepean this summer. The hiring is funded by the federal government’s Canada Summer Jobs Program grant.

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