Organizers: Kate Knapp (Event Director), Ben Smith (Event Director), Nathan Detroit Barrett (Organizer), Safder Raza (Coach), Adam Woods (Coach)

Map: Robert Burnaby Park

Hey! It's National Orienteering Week (NOW) and we are celebrating by holding the Junior Orienteering Festival presented by Suunto and our monthly Why Just Run (WJR) at Robert Burnaby Park in Burnaby! Both events are part of the ParticipATION 150 Playlist!

This family friendly park is the perfect spot to celebrate the end of the Spring Sessions for the Orienteering Adventure Kids program located in Vancouver and on the North Shore. Website:

Check out our great sponsor Suunto at their website:

Check out the fun work ParticipACTION is doing to get Canadians active at:


There will be specific courses for youth for the Junior Orienteering Festival. Youth who have participated in OAK in the Spring 2017 Sessions have this event included in the cost of their registration fees.

All youth are welcome whether they have participated in the OAK program this year or not :D There is a $5.00 cost for the registration of new youth for this weekend event and if the whole family is coming out we have a family rate as well!

If you are curious about what course to sign your youth up for please email: for a response from one of our program coaches.


There will be courses for adults and regular GVOC members exactly like a typical WJR. If you are coming with a youth please know that we have flexible start windows that can accommodate parents starting before or after their kids have finished. We do not have child care set up but many parents more than happy to trade watching duties so that everyone may run :D


Will begin at 1300 (1:00pm) Please bring a lunch and stick around to cheer!


Last, but not least, our sponsor, Suunto, has also donated compasses as prizes so there will be a draw at the event to win a new Suunto AIM-6 compass. The new Suunto AIM-6 compasses are specifically designed for sport orienteering and provide an extremely stable, yet fast, needle and navigation aids specifically designed for speed and flexibility. Look for more Suunto sponsored events and chances to win more gear this summer at Stanley Park and in Lynn Valley in December!

Important Information

Which course should I run?

Are you brand new to orienteering? You should probably try the beginner, novice or intermediate courses. If you find it too easy, you can always come back and try another once you're done!

Navigating around the forest is more challenging than most of our Wednesday Evening Training events. Unless you're very confident in your off-trail navigation skills, we recommend you avoid the Elite course!

Beginner - Adults out orienteering for the first time! Simple Navigation
Novice - Moderate Navigational Complexity + Short (Regularly come to WETs but still somewhat new)
Intermediate - Moderate Navigational Complexity + Long (Regularly come to WETs)
Expert - High Navigational Complexity + Shorter (Regularly come to WETs and get to many WJRs)
Elite - Highest Navigation Complexity + Long Run (Regularly come to WJRs)

There may be minor changes to course lengths and climbs but the relative length and difficulty will remain the same.

What time should I be there?

You can start any time between 10am and 11am. Courses close at 1pm - please be back by then so we don't send out a search party for you!

If you're new to the sport and would like some coaching, it helps if you come a little earlier. We'll then be able to talk you through the map, give you some pointers, and still set you off on time.


  • All competitors MUST carry a whistle while on the course. Whistles can be purchased from the registration table for $1.
  • All competitors MUST report to the finish, even if you don't complete your run. Otherwise we'll send out a search party to look for you!
  • Be alert for mountain bikes.

NEED new Orienteering gear? There will be demo items (compasses, SI Sticks, course description holders, magnifiers, and gaitors) from the O Store available to see before you buy.

Why Just Run

What should I bring? Wear something comfortable that you don't mind getting a little dirty! If it's wet outside, you might want to consider a change of shoes and socks! A compass is optional (we have extra ones for borrowing). For added safety, a whistle is mandatory for all GVOC events. Read more in the WJR Introduction to Orienteering.

How much does it cost? adult: $10 / under 20: $5 / family maximum: $20 (sorry, we only accept cash and cheques - no credit or debit)

Club membership is also required: adult newcomer: $10 / adult renewal: $15 / under 20: $5 / family maximum: $30 (sorry, we only accept cash and cheques - no credit or debit)

Membership lasts until the end of the year, and gives you FREE access to all our weekly Wednesday Evening Training events.

Waiver and membership form (2017). Please bring a completed form with you to your first event.


Course Registration

New Youth!

Youth out orienteering for the first time! If this course is too easy we can send you out on another course afterwards :D (Parents please shadow your orienteer)

OAK Acorns

Youth aged 7-10 (Parent/Guardian must shadow their young orienteer!)

OAK Saplings

Youth aged 11-14 (Parent/Guardian please indicate if you will NOT be shadowing your young orienteer when they start!)

Great OAKs

Youth with advanced orienteering experience (Running solo - please get permission of coach to sign up for this course)

Beginner (New Adult!)

Adults out orienteering for the first time! Simple Navigation


Moderate Navigational Complexity + Short

Glen Leighton


Moderate Navigational Complexity + Long


High Navigational Complexity + Shorter

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