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Silent Auction & Virtual Banquet

It’s our 2nd year with no in person COCs…. Fingers crossed for a great in person event next summer in BC and AB. In the meantime, we are hosting another virtual Banquet and on-line Auction.

The Banquet will be Sunday eve Aug 29th

The Auction is underway now and runs until Sunday the 29th right after the Banquet.

The Auction is a key fundraiser for Orienteering Canada’s Team Canada athletes. Please consider donating an item personally and/or from your club/association to help support Canada’s current and upcoming orienteers who are/will be representing Canada internationally. And please join in the bidding too!

And the Banquet is a great chance to reconnect with your orienteering friends from across the country.

All the details are at:

Let's Talk Orienteering: Girls & Orienteering

Orienteering Ottawa, in partnership with Orienteering Canada, is inviting you to attend a virtual panel discussion on the participation of girls in orienteering. The panel will include Orienteering Ottawa club including board members, coaches, and parents, in addition to Team Canada Athletes, Emma Sherwood and Emma Waddington.

Topics of discussion will include but are not limited to 1) how youth programs can be improved to provide positive experiences for girls and 2) the impact of female coaches on the experience of female athletes in orienteering.

We welcome questions, challenges you may have encountered, or successes you wish to share in advance.  Please send these in advance to tracyATorienteeringDOTca. 

Join us on Wednesday, April 28th at 7pm EST to take part in the discussion.

Register in advance:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

North American Orienteering Championships moved to 2023

Announcement from the California Orienteering Festival

2021 Canadian Orienteering Championships postponed until 2022

Canadian Rockies Orienteering Festival Postponed until 2022

Due to the continuing safety uncertainties surrounding Covid 19, the Kootenay Orienteering Club, Foothills Orienteering, the Alberta Orienteering Association and Orienteering Canada have made the decision to once again postpone the Canadian and Western Canadian Orienteering Championships and associated events until July of 2022.

The likelihood of being able to put on the events in July continues to be uncertain. The organizers have decided to make the decision now and focus on planning for 2022, versus planning for an event that may or may not happen in 2021. 

We can’t wait to be the venue for the Canadian Orienteering community reuniting in 2022. Until then, we strongly encourage you to get out orienteering in your own community and to have a 2021 orienteering season filled with adventures and fun close to your home. 

Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Stay Adventurous.

It's GivingTuesday - matching campaign up and running

It’s #GivingTuesday. If orienteering is a big part of your life, please do consider a donation to Orienteering Canada.

Thanks to an anonymous donor, we are currently able to match donations to our Endowment Fund. This new fund (started in 2017 on our 50th anniversary) helps Orienteering Canada to have sustainable long term funding to help us grow the sport in Canada. We have $1900 in matching funds available, so for every dollar that you donate, the same amount will be donated by the matching campaign.

Be sure to celebrate Giving Tuesday by giving something…. whether it’s your money, your time, your expertise, your kindness…. Let’s celebrate the power of Giving to make a better world.

To donate:

Team Canada Program / Application window now open

Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Program has a new name this year – the Team Canada Program. Orienteering Canada’s new Team Canada Program is our program for athletes with drive, a passion for orienteering, and a desire to represent Canada internationally. The new program is team centered and is designed to provide a sense of belonging and support for our athletes. Interested athletes should check out the Team Canada Athlete Handbook for how to apply. Details are at:

Join us - Virtual COC Banquet & Auction

We miss seeing our orienteering friends at the Canadian Orienteering Championships. You too? Join us for a virtual COCs Banquet and Silent Auction.

Join us on Sunday Aug 16th on Zoom for a Banquet. We’ve got menus for you to try, an orienteering-theme dessert contest, trivia, some time for small group chatting and – of course – a silent auction!!

Visit the event and auction website for all the details and to register for the Banquet (no charge). And please consider donating an item for the auction which will get underway on Aug 7, with bidding wrapping up right after the Banquet.

Can’t wait to (virtually) see you all!

Call for Nominations: Orienteering Canada Board of Directors

Are you interested in joining the Orienteering Canada Board of Directors? The Board is instrumental in helping the organization implement its vision, mission and objectives.

The President and two Directors at Large will be elected at the virtual Annual General Meeting on July 30th, 2020. Terms are two years. Job descriptions and other information about the Board is available here. The nomination and election processes are set out in Section 2 of the Orienteering Canada Bylaws.

Any questions? Please contact Tracy Bradley, Orienteering Canada ED at

Orienteering Canada posts Management Plan for COVID-19 risks

See the Orienteering Canada COVID-19 page <> for the latest news regarding Orienteering Canada’s Management Plan for COVID-19 risks.

Course Planner's Corner

We’ll be adding course planning tips & tricks to this page. Contact technical AT if you have questions you would like answered or suggestions….

An Intro to Technical Difficulty 1

Written by Carol Walker, Technical Committee

Orienteering courses for kids under 10 should have technical difficulty 1. What does that mean? The most important idea is that technical difficulty 1 can never be too easy! We want these kids to be out in the woods finding controls and having fun, not getting frustrated. The course should be like a guided tour around the orienteering map. Every competitor should find all of the controls.

The course should follow distinct linear features like roads and paths. You could also use walls and fences if they are easy to see, perhaps in open areas. For this difficulty level, we don’t want any route choices so there should be a control at every decision point. Watch out for situations like a brief split in the trail; there should be a control at each end of the split. The controls should be placed just after the decision point, leading the competitor in the right direction. If there is any chance of confusion, use streamers between the controls. We want these kids to get lots of positive feedback so controls should be close together; you might even have controls between decision points.

Finding the right location for easiest course can be one of the hardest tasks for the course planner! Course 1 might determine your start and finish locations. It’s worth it, though, to make sure our kids get a fun and successful introduction to orienteering. Remember, you can’t make Course 1 too easy!

Using the Course & Class Guidelines

How to Use the Course and Class Guidelines. This is a useful document for any organizers who are putting on a Canada Cup (aka A meet) level event.