On Your Own
For those who wish to get into the woods on their own or with family or friends in an unstructured manner we have two options for you:
Using map, compass and your cell phone, challenge yourself to find virtual controls. Courses are designed and then uploaded to an app (MapRunF) on your phone. You print the map and head out to find these 'virtual' controls. Your cell phone will let you know if you have found the correct spot.
The MapRun locations are seen on the map to the right.
This activity is for members only. Members will need to create an account on our site (under Login at top right), then login and sign the waiver. You will then find the MapRun pages under 'For Members'
We have permanent courses set in both Kanata and Orleans.
These permanent courses have been created to introduce the sport of Orienteering and provide a simple outdoor activity where you can practice some of the basic skills
It does not need to be a race. It can be like a family hike or a simple challenge.
You can find them here :
- In Orleans - the Cairine Wilson Course is bounded by Orleans Blvd, the Ottawa River, Bilberry Drive and Jeanne D'Arc Blvd.
- - St. Matthew HS & Bilberry Park Course is bounded by Jeanne D'Arc Blvd, Bilberry Drive, the Queensway and Bilberry Creek
- In Kanata - Jack Donohue P.S. & W.C.Bowes Park course is bounded by Halton Terrace, Klondike Rd and the private homes on Brechin Cres. You must not venture on their properties marked by olive green on the map.
- - Kanata Highlands PS Map Walk is bounded by Innovation Drive, property of Kanata Highlands Public School, Terry Fox and a railway line. This course has a detailed instruction document that will guide you about the Course.
Go to this link to read the instructions and download the maps. Print the map in colour or bring it with you on your tablet. A compass is not needed but you can bring one if you have it, or use the app on your phone. Allow ½ hour to 45 minutes to walk all or part of the course. You can visit the controls in any order and visit as many or as few as you wish.
Conditions of Use
Any Orienteering Ottawa logo and/or website address must NOT be altered or removed from the maps.
The users of any of these maps waive all responsibility from Orienteering Ottawa ((OOC), Orienteering Ontario (OOA), Fédération québécoise de course d’orientation (FQCO), and their agents from any loss of property or personal injury that may occur during the use of any of these maps.
Possession of the maps does not imply permission to be on the land. Permission must always be obtained from the private and/or public landowners.
Important Safety Precautions: You are responsible for assessing risks and managing your safety. Ensure that you are properly trained and aware of the risks before embarking on any unsupervised orienteering activity. Always carry a whistle, a communication device, go with a "buddy", and obey all government and local regulations.
Note that online maps may be out-of-date and may not have been recently field-checked. New hazards may exist that are not shown on the map. If you have any concerns about the safety of an area, please let us know and do not go out on the course or map