Organizers: Hilary Anderson (Event Director), Michel Roberge (Assistant)

Map: Downtown


Come and discover obscure urban nooks and crannies on the newly updated and expanded Downtown map (to be unveiled at the event).


6:15pm Introduction to Orienteering for Beginners

6:30pm Starts

8pm Course Closure, participants must report to the Finish before leaving.


The LONG and MEDIUM courses have the same level of technical difficulty; the training focus is on interpreting how different building levels are represented on the map (tunnels, overpasses, stairs, building throughways) and on route choice (where possible within a city block system).

The SHORT course is suitable for those wanting a short and easier option that avoids most of the multi-level sections.

Safety Precautions

Always use good judgement and common sense. Carry a whistle at all times. Headlamps are essential to see and be seen. Take care when crossing roads and parking lots. Watch out for other runners, cyclists, and trail/sidewalk users.

Parking/Start Location:

Meet on the north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery (not our usual south side spot), as indicated on the map below.

Paid parking is available in the Hotel Vancouver parkade (enter from Hornby Street), Pacific Centre Mall parkade (enter from Howe Street) and Robson Square Complex (enter from Howe Street). Consider biking or taking transit; Burrard sky train station and Vancouver City Centre station are a few blocks away and there are many bus stops near by.

Post-Event Dining


Without volunteers, these events cannot take place. A hearty thanks to all those helping put this event on. If you would like to volunteer/help at upcoming WETs/WJRs or would like to organize a WET please let us know

Wednesday Evening Training

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 headlamp or flashlight and reflective clothing is critical in the winter months (late September to April). 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 WET Introduction to Orienteering.

When should I sign up? Please sign up by Tuesday night so that we can print enough maps, although we have extra maps if you forget.

How much does it cost? All WETs are free with yearly membership (adult newcomer: $10 / adult renewal: $15 / under 20: $5 / family maximum: $30) (sorry, we only accept cash and cheques - no credit or debit)

2018 online waiver and membership form
Please complete before your first event!


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Distance: 4000m


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Distance: 2500m

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Distance: 1400m

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