The next Navigation 101 sessions will take place in the spring of 2018


Navigation 101 is a complete introductory orienteering program consisting of 5 specially designed 1 hour lessons over 5 weeks:

  • 1.Map Reading 101
  • 2.Heading in the Right Direction
  • 3.Following the Terrain (or Heading in a Better Direction)
  • 4.Travelling Efficiently through the Terrain (How not to Slow Down!)
  • 5.The High Road or the Low Road – It’s Your Choice!

By the end of the 5 lessons you will:

  • Know and understand how an orienteering map represents the terrain and know the basic important symbols and features on an orienteering map;
  • Know how the basic equipment works and how an orienteering course is marked and laid out in the terrain and on the map;
  • Know how to hold, fold, and orient the map;
  • Know how to move effectively through the terrain at whatever pace you prefer;
  • Be able to effectively choose a route and follow multiple handrails from one control to the next.

Navigation 201 is a follow up to Navigation 101. It is suitable for people that have previously taken the Navigation 101 program or have some other orienteering experience.


Navigation 101:

Session 1 - Monday: April 2 - 30, 2018, 6:15 - 7:30pm

Session 2 - Mondays: May 7 - June 4, 2018, 6:15pm-7:30pm

Navigation 201: May 7 - June 4, 2018, 6:15pm-7:30pm

Please be ready to start right on time so we can make the most of the scheduled time.


TBA - Possible locations: Baker Park, Bowmont Park, Carburn Park, Confederation Park, Edworthy Park

We will meet at the far end of the parking lot and then head out into the park from there.

For whom?

Navigation 101 is an adult introductory course. Kids under the age of 15 should register for our SOGO Adventure Running program instead.

We think these programs are great for everyone but especially for those that want to:

  • Improve their map reading skills;
  • Become more comfortable in the woods or just spending more time outdoors;
  • Learn a new sport;
  • Learn more about a great sport they are already familiar with;
  • Improve their orienteering and navigation skills.

Why should I sign up?

You should sign up for Navigation 101 Program for the following reasons:

  • It is a fun way to spend a series of Tuesday mornings or evenings outdoors learning new skills.
  • You will become part of a great community of active outdoorsy people.
  • It will set you up for a lifetime of adventure.

How do I sign up?

Registration must be done in advance online via the button below. Registration opens in January 2018.


Navigation 101: $90.00

Included in Navigation 101 registration fee is:

  • 5 weeks of lessons
  • 1 Wednesday night event, immediately following the session.
  • 2018 Foothills Orienteering membership
  • Whistle
  • Binder with resource materials
  • 50% off a 2018 Wednesday night season pass

Navigation 201: $70.00

Included in the Navigation 201 registration fee is*:

  • 5 weeks of lessons
  • 1 Wednesday night event, immediately following the session.
  • Compass rental
  • Whistle
  • Binder with resource materials

*You will already have a membership and possibly a season pass from having previously taken Navigation 101 or otherwise orienteering in Calgary.

Registration deadlines:

If you have any questions about registration or any other aspect of the program please let us know. Email: