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