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
Other Events

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are not currently offering any orienteering activities to non-members. Might want to join? See our membership page.
For members, in addition to the regular events listed above we are offering a Permanent Course and a series of GPS 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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Important Updates

  • 16-01-2021
    We had hoped to have some ski and snowshoe orienteering events this winter, but for now, with restrictions and COVID being what they are we are having to step back.  Our current plan is ..
  • 05-01-2021
    We are currently seeking nominations from club members for positions on the Orienteering Ottawa Board of Directors, including President and Secretary.
  • 13-11-2020
    Our popular Wednesday night running training and Sunday morning run for members are starting up this coming week
  • 06-11-2020
    As the COVID restrictions for Ottawa have scaled back to Orange we are able to re-open membership and allow more folks to our final event of the season. 
  • 28-10-2020
    We welcome our new members and sorry that we cannot meet you in person and help you with this new sport you have joined.  We would like to give you a few suggestions as to how you can get more out...

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