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
Each current series can be seen on the series pages under 'events->year-round events.

Important Updates

  • 05-02-2023
    The 2022 Orienteering Ottawa Club Awards were presented at the Orienteering Ottawa Annual General Meeting (AGM) on January 22, 2023. The 2022 Awards Committee, represented by Pat Laurich, Cathy...
  • 09-12-2022
    2022 was a good year with many events held Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.  During the week members were active and busy with School and Junior programs, Wednesday and Thursday running and...
  • 20-10-2022
    We have updated our ‘Join Us ->Volunteer’ page on the website and added our first specific posting
  • 14-10-2022
    Chelsea Nordic has invited us to join their orienteering activity for youth on Saturday, October 22. This is an opportunity for families in the area to participate in an activity for youth, as most...
  • 26-09-2022
    Once again Ottawa OFest was a great success - with the weather cooperating fully.  We have some found items and some photos.

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