What is Orienteering?

ORIENTEERING involves using a special detailed map to choose and follow the best route from one control (checkpoint) to the next. ‘Best’ route depends on YOU; it could be the shortest, or flattest, or smoothest or driest, or least prickly or the most certain to find the control easily. It all depends on skill level and physical ability and personal preference. 

It is important to keep the map oriented with the terrain. Often, especially in the City Parks, this can be done by lining up obvious, visible features, such as a trail or a river, with the corresponding features on the map. In the forest, where obvious features may not be visible, lining up the north arrows on the map with a compass needle does the job. Illustration

Orienteering can be enjoyed by all as a sport or as a recreational activity. You can RUN, JOG or HIKE the course. You can do it ON YOUR OWN, WITH A FRIEND or AS A FAMILY. (In a competition, the competitive orienteer has to compete on his/her own, but there will usually also be recreational courses for hikers, couples and families).

For the competitive orienteer, fastest one round the course (loop), wins. For the recreational orienteer, there is the personal satisfaction of finding the controls, at the same time as having an enjoyable hike, jog or run through the woods.

Participants of any age or experience are welcome at all Edmonton Orienteering events. Every event, from a low-key city park event to a major championship, has instruction included in the entry fee and an easy course/loop for beginners.

You don’t need special equipment to get started – just wear clothes suitable for the weather and old comfy shoes. For forest events, as a safety precaution, you must carry a whistle – bring your own if you have one.  Fees at forest events include rental of SPORTident electronic timing card, compass and whistle if you don’t have your own.

The Edmonton Overlanders Orienteering Club runs regular events in city parks and in the forest, from mid May until September. Just turn up at the place and time indicated in the schedule.  

New to orienteering? Check out the  Beginners’ Clinic page and the Hints and Tips section

Latest News:


Canada Day with the EOOC

The EOOC is celebrating Canada’s big 1-5-0 in Spruce Grove at Jubilee Park. This FREE event features multiple activities, including orienteering from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Did I mention there are prizes? See more details on their website. The new spray park grand opening is that day too, so you can cool down after you orienteer your heart out.

Schedule Updates

See the Events page for the 2017 schedule. We’ve made updates to the dates and locations for the next couple of weeks. This will be be updated regularly, so keep checking back! We like to keep you on your toes…


Follow the EOOC on Facebook

Like or Follow us on our new Facebook page to keep up to date on club events and other news.

EOOC Spring Newsletter

Spring 2017 EOOC Newsletter now available! View here (PDF).

Kids Run Wild programs for Kids 5 – 17

Did you know that the EOOC has a kid’s program? It’s called Kids Run Wild and it’s a great way for kids to get outside and run around, while developing their skills. More details and a link to register at kidsrunwild.ca

Buy your  2017 membership online

Get ready for the 2017 orienteering season the hassle-free way by getting your EOOC membership online. (And don’t forget your O-pass!) Find out more details on the membership page or skip right to registration here if you’re already convinced.










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