Organizers: Daniel Widmann (Event Director), Caoimhe Murray (Event Director), Chris Benn (Organizer)

Map: Robert Burnaby Park


Note that we will also have a regular WJR orienteering event on the same day so make sure you sign up for the correct even! Link to WJR here:


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!

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 Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club event to practice their new skills. This session is aimed at adults, mature juniors and families with children of any age.

Time: Two session times are available in both an adult only or family session (adults with kids). Please note the time of the session you signed up for and arrive a few minutes before your start time to check in so instruction can start on time.

  • Adults only 9:00 - 11:30 am
  • Family session (adult with kid(s)) 9:00 - 11:30 am
  • Adults only 11:00am -1:30pm.
  • Family session (adult with kid(s)) 11:00am - 1:30 pm


Please use this link to register for the event.

Cost is $5 per adult, children are free.
If this is the first time you come come orienteering, the overall cost should be around $17 per Adult ($5 Event + $10 Membership using the code NEW + ~$2 fees).

If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact

Everyone has to be member of the club and needs to sign the waiver (for insurance purposes) so when you enter the first adult should follow the prompt for adding additional members. Costs of membership are $20 per Adult and $10 for children (under the age of 20 as of Dec 31-2023). For newcomers please the code NEW to get 50% off these membership fees.

Location: Robert Burnaby Park Outdoor Pool parking lot. Look for an orange and white flag near the parking lot to guide you to the meet location. See map below for approximate location.

What to Bring: Wear athletic clothing suited to the outdoors with some sturdy shoes for walking/running. Please dress for the weather, the clinic will be held rain or shine. 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.

Anyone who signs up for Beginners clinic will also be provided the maps for the begin-termediate courses at the regular orienteering event that is also taking place at Robert Burnaby Park at the same time. Be sure to sign out and sign in again when you get back so we know that we don't have anyone lost in the park!



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