Map: Juan de Fuca



Online Registration Now Open. Available spots remaining: only 2 spots remaining (as of 29 Mar)

Interested in learning how to navigate with a map and compass? Would you like to learn about the sport of orienteering and give it a try? Then this beginner training session is for you!

Time: 1:00 - 3:30 pm. Please arrive by 12:45 to check in and receive your instruction package. Instruction will begin promptly at 1:00 pm.

Location: Juan de Fuca / Westshore Recreation Centre - Meet in the small parking lot just below the Victoria Library - Juan de Fuca Branch at 1759 Island Hwy, Victoria. Look for an orange and white flag near the parking lot to guide you to the meet location. See map below.

This training session is suited for those new to orienteering that would like to learn basic skills in order to participate in club events. This 2.5 hr session will include:

  • An introduction to the sport of orienteering (equipment, rules, course categories etc)
  • How to interpret an orienteering map (colours, symbols, etc)
  • How to orient a map
  • How to visualize and identify object in the terrain using an orienteering map
  • Basic route choice strategy
  • An introductory orienteering event

This session will include several practical exercises to introduce new participants to map reading, navigation and simple route choice. It will also include the opportunity to try out a beginner level orienteering event. Participants are encouraged to follow-up their training by attending a Victoria Orienteering Club event to practice their new skills. This session is aimed at adults and mature juniors.

What to Bring: Wear athletic clothing suited to the outdoors with some sturdy shoes for walking/running. Please dress for the weather as March can be unpredictable. Bring your own compass if you have one, however, we will focus mostly on map reading. Compasses will be provided if you don't have one.

Registration: Attendance at this training event is by pre-registration only! No drop-ins please. Participation may be limited to 20 to allow for a good instructor to student ratio. REGISTER HERE:

Cost: $20 for adults (19 or older) $10 for juniors (under 19)

Details: Participants must become members of the Victoria Orienteering Club for insurance purposes. Cost includes free membership for 2023 for all first time participants. All parts of this session will take place outside. Please dress for the outdoors and the prevailing weather.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If the weather is particularly nasty, please check this webpage before heading out on Sunday to make sure this session will still go ahead.

Max Participation: 20 Persons.

This session may be followed by an Orienteering Advanced Skills Session later this year. Likely August. Please contact if you are interested in this follow-up clinic.


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