Organizers: Larry Gagnon (Event Director), Ross Burnett (Course Planner), Marie Burgess (Course Planner), Linda Hildebrandt (Course Planner), Leigh Bailey (Organizer)

Please join us in the wonderful Sooke Wilderness area of Vancouver Island for challenging and scenic orienteering. We will also have some fast and intricate orienteering amongst the complex campus buildings at the University of Victoria.

Registration

Registration is now OPEN!. Please visit the Zone4 link immediately below to register:

https://zone4.ca/register.asp?id=35974

Registration requires active membership in an orienteering club, or a temporary membership in the Victoria Orienteering Club (for the purposes of insurance & waiver management).

Fees

All registration fees on a per event basis.

  • Junior (Born in 2005 and later): $10 for Sprint event, $15 for Middle Distance event, $15 for Long Distance event
  • Adult (Born in 2004 and earlier): $25 for Sprint event, $30 for Middle Distance event, $30 for Long Distance event

New Orienteers

Our event is suitable to those wishing to try orienteering. We will have a coach available for beginner instruction and a choice of 4 "Open" courses. You are welcome to participate solo, or in a group.

Event Schedule

The 2024 BC Orienteering Championships will consist of three traditional events, built around the following schedule:

SATURDAY 7 September

Morning: SPRINT RACE - University of Victoria (GPS = 48.463141, -123.319584)

Afternoon: MIDDLE DISTANCE - Camp Thunderbird, Sooke BC (GPS = 48.417217, -123.637154)

SUNDAY 8 September

Morning: LONG DISTANCE - Camp Thunderbird, Sooke BC

Maps

Camp Thunderbird (located 45-50 minutes west of Victoria on Hwy 14) is the site of the BCOC Medium and Long courses and offers a vast area of trails and complex wilderness terrain. The map area is within the Sooke Wilderness region and consists of a mix of open forest with portions of dense vegetation and open rocky terrain. Map scale will be 1:10,000 (including Elite courses).

The University of Victoria campus (20 minutes NW of downtown Victoria) will be the site of the BCOC Sprint Course. The campus is beautifully designed with numerous walking, biking trails and areas with preservation of natural features among challenging building architectures. Mostly flat running. Both areas have been professionally re-mapped in March of 2024 to ensure they are completely up-to-date. We look forward to having you experience our brand new maps. Map scale will be 1:4000.


Courses

The Sprint Event will offer six standard Sprint course categories, while the Middle and Long will have eight courses based on standard smaller Canada Cup events.

Accommodation

Camping facilities are available at Sooke River Campground or Goldstream Campground .

Pub Gathering: Saturday evening

We will book a small room at the historic 6 Mile Pub for those interested in joining us for good times, beer and pub food. Please let us know if you are interested when you register.

Parking and Toilets

Parking for the Saturday morning sprint event at UVic will be in Lot 10 off of Gordon Head Road. Parking fees by the University are in effect and are currently $4 on Saturdays.

Parking for the Middle and Long events at Camp Thunderbird will be free but car pooling is recommended as parking room may be tight depending on number of entrants.

Toilets at the Sprint event are located in the Visual Arts Building about 100m east of the Registration area. Toilets at Camp Thunderbird are outdoor porta-potties in 3 locations near the Registration area.

More Details

....are coming soon, but we hope you will place our event in your calendar and come join us on beautiful southern Vancouver Island


Location

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