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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 setter! 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!

2020 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.

2020 Conference Details
Thursday, July 9th from 9:00 am to 4:30
Kimberley Elks Hall, 240 Howard St, Kimberley BC

Orienteering Canada AGM
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.

Conference sessions will be listed here as they are confirmed.

2020 Sass Peepre Junior Training Camp

Registration is now open.

For many years, the Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee has organized an annual training camp for juniors from across Canada. Junior athletes of all abilities from 11 to 20 years of age are invited to participate in this camp, which always has amazing volunteer coaches coming from the ranks of the Senior National Team, High Performance Program athletes, ex-national team members, and parents wanting to help their kids.

Our 2020 National Junior Training Camp will be held at the Kimberley Nordic Centre in Kimberley, BC for Juniors ages 11 – 20.

All the details are here.

Job Opportunity: Orienteering Mappers

Job Opportunity: Orienteering Mapper  
Orienteering Canada is looking for mappers to work in Manitoba and Ontario in 2020.  

Job Title: Orienteering Mapper  

Job Duties: Field checking and mapping of several forested and prairie areas in Manitoba and North-Western Ontario, in particular: Spruce Woods, Neepawa, MB or Kenora, ON areas. Mapping has to be done to current ISOM standards using current orienteering mapping software, such as OCAD.  

Terms of Employment: Temporary contract position between 6 and 8 weeks depending on the precise locations of mapping areas that will be defined and the estimation of the time needed to complete the project.  

Language of Work: English  

Wage: $25 – $30 per hour depending on experience. 40 hours/week max  

Benefits: Assistance to find housing and a vehicle will be provided.  

Location of Work: Spruce Woods, MB, Neepawa, MB, or Kenora, ON.   Additional projects elsewhere in Ontario may become available.  

Contact Information:  

Skills Requirements: No particular formal education requirements, however applicants must be fully conversant with International Orienteering Federation standards for preparation of orienteering maps including ISOM_2017 and ISSprOM_2019. Applicants must be able to provide examples of orienteering maps previously completed and to be proficient with OCAD mapping software. Applicants must be able to work in Canada (Canadian residence or work permit).