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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

Important Updates

  • 17-05-2018
    Announcing the premiere season of the Coupe du Quebec / Quebec Cup Series showcasing the best maps and terrain in the province.
  • 25-04-2018
    The Canadian Orienteering community has suffered a great loss in the death of Adrian Zissos, friend, enthusiast, mentor, visionary, and so much more.  
  • 28-03-2018
    A quick reminder that you may want to get your entries in and save some money so you will have more to spend on your Yukon trip.
  • 17-03-2018
    Ottawa’s spring orienteering season starts on Sunday April 15 with a meet at Constance Bay / Torbolton Forest. We are looking forward to a full schedule of meets on Sundays from then through to...
  • 06-03-2018
    Follow our fellow club members - 11 in all - who are competing in the World Masters Ski Orienteering championships in Vermont and Robbie Graham and Alex Bergstrom in the Ski Orienteering World Cup...

Lost and Found

Have you lost something?

Check our lost and found photos. If you spot your belongings email us at lostfound@ottawaoc.ca


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