Do you like a little mental challenge mixed
in with your outdoor physical activity? Prefer
to wander off the beaten path – but carefully
navigate your way? Orienteering combines exploration
of the beautiful Canadian wilderness with navigation
using detailed maps and a compass. Many people
are finding a passion for this challenging sport
and Canada offers countless opportunities to
Whether your orienteering plans are for a low-key experience in a local park or a high-energy adventure through the backcountry wilds, ensure you are well-prepared by practicing and honing key skills:
Strong map reading skills are a
must! Have a detailed map of your destination
and ensure you know how to read it.
Got a compass? Know how to use it!
Be sure you can take bearings and triangulate.
Ensure you can use your map reading
and compass skills together to plan
and follow routes, and to relocate if
you go astray.
If you’re new to the sport, or your
skills need a tune-up, take a course
or workshop with your local Orienteering
club. Many clubs also organize orienteering
events for all levels of experience.
Before you set out:
Check the weather and be prepared
for it to change.
Be bear aware and cougar aware. Bears and cougars
aren’t just in the backcountry – our
parks and cities encroach on their habitat.
Ensure you know what to do if you meet
Photo: NWTT/Terry Parker (banner); Canadian Orienteering Federation