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

GPS Orienteering

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are not currently offering traditional orienteering events. Instead we are offering a series of courses in various areas around the city with a twist – no flags, just a paper map and your smart phone to let you know when you have "virtually" punched the control.

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Upcoming Events

Important Updates

  • 25-07-2020
    If you (a member) would like to see the past board of director's minutes before attending the virtual special general meeting 
  • 08-07-2020
    Due to a number of factors beyond our control, Orienteering Ottawa is disappointed to announce that we cannot host a Challenge the GATs 2020 event.
  • 26-06-2020
    As of today, June 26th, 2020, all users of MapRun will have to sign a new Orienteering Canada waiver. To ensure this is done, the webpage containing the list of maps and courses for download for the...
  • 23-05-2020
    Missing heading out with a map and compass? With the reduced COVID-19 restrictions, especially involving outside activities, we now feel comfortable offering Club Members a chance to have some...
  • 29-04-2020
    Congratulations to  Bill Anderson and Gord Hunter on being inducted to the Orienteering Canada Hall of Fame!

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