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
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

  • 02-06-2019
    Our first event of the 25th year of the Summer Solstice is this coming Tuesday June 4.  We return to the Cedarview map from Bell High School.  Your handicap, input from...
  • 24-05-2019
    The year 2019 is the 25th year the Summer Solstice Series is held in Ottawa. This is remarkable! It is rare for sports events, including O events, to reach such a milestone. Take a moment to look...
  • 06-05-2019
    We have just posted the first details about our spring training weekend taking place June 7-9 in northern New York (apologies to everyone who has been waiting so patiently for it). Registration is...
  • 15-01-2019
     Our four club awards were presented to very deserving individuals at the year end social last Sunday.  Did you miss them?
  • 10-01-2019
    A new Orienteering Club north of Syracuse, might fit your O plans for the year. They have a couple of themed Rogaine type events planned for June and September.

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Have you lost something?

Check our lost and found photos. If you spot your belongings email us at lostfound@ottawaoc.ca


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