Orienteering is a sport that combines running and navigation — imagine a cross-country running race where everyone picks their own route.

Orienteering is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. It can be enjoyed as a walk in the woods or as a competitive race combining strategic thinking, navigation, strength, and high intensity cross-country running.

The video below gives an excellent impression of a large international event in Switzerland, the Swiss O-week:

Starting is easy!

You don't need to be able to read a map or run fast, just come along:

  1. Pick an event from the schedule.
  2. Dress to be outside (long pants are recommended, bring a whistle if you have one).
  3. Arrive early and ask about the (optional) Beginners' Clinic.
  4. Register to get your map (you can hire a compass too).
  5. You're off!

Orienteering in Calgary

FWOC members organise a variety of activities throughout the year, including Wednesday night city park events, Beyond the Basics training sessions, the Sprint and Grand Prix racing series, and weekend forest events.

The Wednesday night events provide an opportunity to practice basic techniques, build your confidence, and explore our beautiful city parks — they are often followed by an informal social outing too!

Every orienteering event has a variety of courses: from short and easy for children and beginners, to longer and challenging for more competitive and experienced competitors. The great thing about orienteering is you are free to go at whatever pace you feel comfortable with; you will see orienteers running and walking at every event.

If you're lacking confidence when you begin or simply like company, you can enter as group with friends, or a whole family can go together.