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 participate!
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 one.