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!

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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!
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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
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Upcoming Events

Important Updates

  • 26-09-2022
    Once again Ottawa OFest was a great success - with the weather cooperating fully.  We have some found items and some photos.
  • 06-09-2022
    Ottawa O-Fest is fast approaching! The dates are September 24 and 25. The Middle and Chase Start Long events will both be held on our Lac Beauchamp map with updates and expansion by Eric Kemp. Eric...
  • 10-08-2022
    Hello Ottawa Orienteers! The fall season is quickly approaching!  Eastern Canadian Orienteering Championships Starting it off, on September 3rd to 5th, is the Eastern Canadian Orienteering...
  • 15-07-2022
    Orienteering at the World Games in Birmingham, AL begins Friday, July 15! The World Games is a big multi-sport event, with 35 sports that are not in the Olympics.  Schedule Friday, July 15,...
  • 14-07-2022
    Well …. What a grand event.  After 3 years of waiting, 35 Ottawa club members ventured out west to earn over 90 medals in 6 championship events and participate in 2 barebone events. Forest, rock,...
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