Orienteering Canada Newsletter January 2020, Vol 27
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January 2020, Volume 27


We are excited to relaunch the Orienteering Canada newsletter. The newsletter will go out monthly. Submissions are welcome. Please send them by the 15th of each month to Our intent is to get the newsletter out by the end of each month.

Orienteering Canada Hall of Fame

We are looking for nominations to the Orienteering Canada Hall of Fame. We inducted the first nominees into the Orienteering Canada Hall of Fame in 2017. We are back now with a bigger Hall of Fame with additional categories:
  1. Order of Orienteering Canada (Lifetime Achievement)
  2. Athlete Leadership
  3. Coaching Leadership
  4. Officials Leadership
  5. Administrator Award of Distinction
Nominations are due on February 15th, 2020. Full details at

Canadian Rockies 2020 Orienteering Festival, including the Canadian Orienteering Championships

The Kootenay Orienteering Cub, Foothills Orienteering Club and the Alberta Orienteering Association have teamed up to organize the 2020 Canadian Rockies Orienteering Festival, July 3 to July 12, 2020.

We invite you to join us for the Western Canadian Orienteering Championships and the Canadian Orienteering Championships on some of the best terrain in Canada with spectacular surroundings. For both championships, there will be three races: sprint, middle and long distances as well as a model event. All races will be on new or fully revised high quality maps. We will also be orienteering for the first time ever in the Crowsnest Pass in SW Alberta. The perfect stop as you make your way from the Westerns to the Sass Peepre National Junior Training Camp and the Canadians.

The Canadian Rockies offer plenty of outdoor recreational activities for everyone … check out the tourism pages of the cities/towns of Calgary, Banff, Canmore, Blairmore, Cranbrook and Kimberley!

Registrations is now open. Early bird rates are available until March 31st. www.coc2020,ca

2020 North American Orienteering Championships

We hope to see lots of Canadian orienteers at the North American Championships in California Juy 21st to August 2nd, part of the California Orienteering Festival. Makes a fantastic extended road trip from the Canadian Rockies Orienteering Festival in Alberta and BC!

World Orienteering Day 2020

Wouldn't it be great to have every orienteering club in Canada organize a World Orienteering Day (WOD) event in 2020? This year, events held between between May 13th and May 19th can be registered as a WOD event.
Last year 398712 participants all around the world taking part in World Orienteering Day. Let's help increase that number this year. Your club can register its WOD event now at

ParticipACTION Community Better Grant Opportunity

The Community Better Challenge is an annual event that gets Canadians across the country moving together. At the conclusion of the challenge, one community will earn the top prize and title of being Canada’s most active. In addition to the national winner, there will also be finalists recognized from all provinces and territories.

Host a Community Better program or event between June 1 - 21 and be eligible for a grant of $250 to $1,000 to help with equipment, instruction and more! Several orienteering clubs received grants last year. We encourage your club to consider applying.

Apply now to also receive a free event kit (while quantities last!) to help make your event even better. Click here view the grant guidelines. The grant application deadline is Friday, February 28th.

Vancouver Sprint Camp

The always popular Vancouver Sprint Camp 2020 has been moved to March due to Climate Change. After three consecutive years of snow before and during Sprint Camp, Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club (GVOC) has decided to move it to March. It will be held on the March 13 - 15 weekend allowing people to include it in their Spring Break plans. The organizers will have the same high quality course planning, exceptional coaching opportunities, SI Air performance, super fun banquet and socializing and a chance to get together with sprint orienteers from across the country.  Registration is now open via the Sprint Camp webpage. Registration will close March 8th so allow time to organize map printing and food.

In addition is offering a discounted price for SI Air units for Sprint Camp attendees so if you want a unit of your own this is a good way to get one. The organizers will still have them available for free for people who don't own one. The information about the discount is one the Sprint Camp website.

Skills & Development Database

Have you seen our new Skills and Development Database, available at This online resource has been designed as an information hub particularly for coaches but also has lots of information that is interesting and useful for all orienteers wanting to improve. The database contains information about our Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD) as well as about the many varied skills orienteers should know from “Knowing the key elements of an orienteering map” to “Maintaining a good pre- and post-sleep routine“. The goal is to include skills that all orienteers of all skills and ages need to learn whether they are casual recreational orienteers or are aiming to become a world class competitor.

Each skill or practice lists the LTAD stage (related to age) at which orienteers should be learning that skill or applying that practice. Many skills also list links to relevant online resources. Some of these resources are further reading, some are exercises and games you can do, and some are videos explaining how to perform the skill.

There are currently over 150 skills and practices in the database – the majority of which are skills orienteers should be learning as youth or can learn as an adult entering the sport. The long term goal is to expand those 150 skills to well over 600.

Across the Country

Events, news, resources and views from orienteering clubs and associations from coast to coast
  • An enormous congratulations to Don't Get Lost's Adventure Running Kids program on their 10th anniversary. Over the last 10 years, there have been 15,000+ registrations in ARK programs for kids 6 and up. Originating in Hamilton, programs have also been run in Niagara, Kitchener-Waterloo, Burlington, Mississauga, Caledonia, Oakville, Guelph and Milton. Congratulations to all the coaches and volunteers who have made ARK such a great success!
  • Check out this article written by Alan Vyse of the Sage Orienteering Club about alternatives to plastic map bags.
  • We love the Alberta Orienteering Association's Orange Marks the Spot program.The AOA partnered with the Be Fit For Life Network to create 6 orienteering lesson plans for use in a variety of settings, including school, recreation, sport and community programs.
  • We are looking forward to seeing the results of Orienteering Nova Scotia's latest project.



Contacting Orienteering Canada

Are you wondering who to email at Orienteering Canada with your questions, comments and ideas? Orienteering Canada's email directory is handy. You can also find this on Orienteering Canada's contact page.

We are setting up an Endowment Fund to help develop financial sustainability for Orienteering Canada. Please consider making a donation to our Endowment Fund Campaign. Tax receipts available.
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