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2017 National Orienteering Week

Date Name / location Location
May 20 Sage Stomp Kamloops, BC
May 20 Pinhey’s Point Family Day Ottawa, ON
May 20 Fundy National Park – various clinics Alma, NB
May 20 Fundy National Park night orienteering Alma, NB
May 20 Score-orienteering Oxford, NS
May 21 Sage Stomp Kamloops, BC
May 21 Fundy National Park Alma, NB
May 22 Little Mountain  Salmon Arm, BC
May 23 Intro to Orienteering Clinic Calgary, AB
May 24 World Orienteering Day worldwide
May 24 Shipyards Park Whitehorse, Yukon
May 24 Juan de Fuca Rec Centre Victoria, BC
May 24 Queen Elizabeth Park Vancouver, BC
May 24 Thompson Rivers University Kamloops, BC
May 24 Riley Park & SAIT Calgary, AB
May 24 Gold Bar Park Edmonton, AB
May 24 Assiniboine Park Winnipeg, MB
May 24 Carlington Woods Ottawa, ON
May 24 Fleming Park Halifax, NS
May 25 X-League Kings Forest Hamilton, ON
May 26-28 Skills Development Camp  Strathcona Wilderness Centre (near Edmonton, AB)
May 27 Learn to Orienteer Workshop (10-18 year olds) Whitehorse, Yukon
May 27 Living Prairie Park Winnipeg, MB
May 28 Robert Burnaby Park Burnaby, BC
May 28 Mount Macpherson Revelstoke, BC
May 28 Cooking Lake/Blackfoot Recreational Area (near Edmonton, AB)
May 28 Parc Maissoneuve Montreal, QC
May 28 Lockhart-Ryan Memorial Park New Minas, NS
May 28 Family Outdoor Day Bridgewater, NS

National Orienteering Week resources from clubs and associations:

2016 Orienteering Canada Conference

The Orienteering Canada conference is held in conjunction with the Canadian Orienteering Championships. It’s an ideal opportunity for Canadian orienteers to share information and ideas and to learn from interesting, topical speakers. It’s also a great time to learn about and get involved with the priority projects of Orienteering Canada and to contribute your ideas and energy.

2016 Conference Details
July 23 – Aug 1,2016
Sessions are in conjunction with the 2016 Icefields Parkway Orienteering Festival.

PechaKucha – orienteering style
Have you heard of PechaKucha? It’s a presentation methodology in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each for a max of 6 minutes, 40 seconds/presenter. There will be different presenters on a wide range of orienteering related topics. Each presentation will be short and sweet. We have done this a few times and it is lots of fun! Are you interested in doing a presentation? If so, contact Anne Teutsch (president AT orienteering DOT ca).
Where: Royal Canadian Legion Hall – 250 Pembina Avenue – Hinton
When: Sunday July 24 around 7:45 pm (immediately following the WCOC awards at the WCOC banquet)

The inside scoop on JWOC 2016
Athletes who competed at the Junior World Orienteering Championships in Switzerland just a few week earlier will describe their experiences competing for Canada. They will also be talking about the process to make the JWOC team.  This presentation is part of the Sass Peepre Jr Training Camp, and is open to all.
Where: Camp Jubilee = Girl Guide facility on South edge of Cochrane. Directions: Camp Jubilee is a 30 minute drive from the west edge of Calgary. From the TransCanada Highway, take Highway 22 north towards the south edge of Cochrane. The Camp property has Highway 22 along its west boundary and the Bow River along its north boundary. Look for an orienteering sign on Highway 22 directing you onto the dirt road leading into camp.
When: Tuesday July 26 at 7:30-8:30pm

Coaching Workshop:
We will be offering the Coaching Association of Canada’s Multi-Sport Teaching and Learning module (6.5 hours). Get in touch with  Bill Anderson at: bill at wgacarto dot ca if you are interested in this workshop.
Where: Day lodge (Banquet Room, 2nd floor), Canmore Nordic Centre, Canmore AB
When: Friday July 29, 9 am – 3 pm

The Orienteering Canada Annual General Meeting
The AGM is the one time of year when representatives of the Provincial and Territorial Associations gather to discuss and decide on the business tasks of Orienteering Canada (such as electing board members, making changes to the by-laws, reviewing the financial statements, etc). All are welcome to attend, though only the Associations’ confirmed representatives will be able to vote. All the details are here.
Where: Day lodge (Banquet Room, 2nd floor), Canmore Nordic Centre, Canmore AB
When: Friday July 29, 7 – 9 pm

Developing Junior Programming – a roundtable discussion
At last year’s conference at the COCs in the Maritimes, an enthusiastic group met to talk about jr programming in Canada. One of the key outcomes of that discussion was a desire for Orienteering Canada to develop resources to enhance jr. programming. We had good progress creating an Athlete Development Matrix to help determine what skills to teach at which level (and in which order) and we developed some lesson plans as well. Come and join us to discuss this project and give your input on the next directions.
Where: Coast Hotel (Wolverine Room), 511 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore AB
When: Sunday, July 31 at 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Orienteering Canada’s 50th anniversary in 2017
Orienteering Canada turns 50 in 2017! We have been having a lot of fun brainstorming idea for how to celebrate. Come learn about Orienteering Canada’s plans, and provide you ideas too. This is an opportunity for young and old to celebrate orienteering in Canada – please come talk to us about how you want to celebrate this great milestone.
Where: Coast Hotel (Wolverine Room), 511 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore AB
When: Sunday, July 31 at 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Silent Auction
Join us Sunday evening at the Banquet for the always fun silent auction. This is a key fundraiser for Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Program. Please consider donating an item to the auction – and have fun bidding on the great items!
Where: Coast Hotel, 511 Bow Valley Trail, Canmore AB
When: Sunday, July 31, doors open at 5:00 pm




Registration rate increase after June 30 for Canadian Orienteering Champs

coc June 30 deadline - facebook

Orienteering in the News: Team Yukon at Jukola in Whitehorse Daily Star


Here’s an article in the Whitehorse Daily Star about the team from Yukon that competed at the 2016 Jukola Relay race held in Finland last weekend.


June 2016 O Canada newsletter published

June2016 newsletter

The latest Orienteering Canada newsletter is now available here.

2016, June Vol 13:

Controller’s Notes
Update from Orienteering Canada
National Orienteering Week
New Orienteering Canada Resource
Upcoming Events
COC’s and WCOC’s info
Sass Pepree Junior Training Camp
Emily Kemp’s 4th Place Finish at the European Championships
Coach Communiqué
From the Archives- and a Welcome!
Orienteering Ontario’s New Board

Orienteering Canada’s newsletter archive is here.

Canada at Jukola 2016

Jukola 2016 - 2

It’s Jukola this weekend and Canada is there!

What is Jukola?
An orienteering relay race held annually in Finland.
What events are part of Jukola?
There are actually two relays. The Jukola relay with comprised teams of 7 men or women and the Venla relay which has teams of 4 women on each team. This year there are 17,500 athletes registered for the races. Yes 17,000! Many of the relay legs are run during the night. Over 2000 volunteers are helping to put on the races this weekend and they are expecting about 50,000 visitors over the course of the weekend.
Canada at Yukola 2016
There are two Canadian teams at Jukola this year: one team from Ottawa and one from Whitehorse. You can read about the Ottawa team here
Follow along
Do you want to watch live coverage of Jukola this year? Jukola on web TV! You can follow live through an international web TV broadcast. The commentary will be in English with many expert commentators. A lot of live GPS tracking and interesting interviews will be included. This international broadcast also has its own director, with 20 cameras in use.
The price for the broadcast is 15 € for both relays. Find more information from here.
Here’s Jukola on social media:

Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

 Check out this video from 2014 of the Jukola relay start. Truly incredible!

 Go Canada Go!



Athlete Development Matrix and programming resources

Athlete Development Matrixduction

Orienteering Canada is sharing the results of Phase 1 of the development of a national Athlete Development Matrix (ADM), which is a document that describes what skills athletes should be learning at each stage of development. On the LTAD webpage ( you will find a series of tools to help instructors, coaches, and program administrators implement this matrix throughout their programs. These new resources include a Technical Skills Progression document, a Technical Skills Development chart, a set of Lesson Plans for an 8-week junior program, and a Lesson Plan template that can be adapted to different programs. This is a big step forward on the road to creating a complete ADM. A big thanks to Jeff Teutsch and Kate Knapp for their work so far.

We encourage feedback  (via email to juniordevelopment AT orienteering DOT ca or in person to Kate Knapp, Jeff Teutsch, or Kitty Jones) as we move this project along.

Orienteering in the News: Orienteer developing the sport in Mahone Bay

Here’s an article from LighthouseNOW about a new permanent orienteering course in Mahone Bay, NS developed by former British national team members Kara Turner


Orienteering in the News: Permanent Course in Mahone Bay

Here’s an article about a “new permanent orienteering course in Mahone Bay, NS” from the South Shore Breaker.

It's National Orienteering Week!


National Orienteering Week is a great time to try the sport of orienteering. Clubs across Canada are having beginner friendly events this week. See the full schedule at And visit our “try it” page for more info about getting started with orienteering.


Be sure to use the #orienteeringNOW hashtag to win some sweet Orienteering Canada swag!