Organizer: Paul Bottomley (Event Director)

This will be Barebones style event, meaning the approach will be casual in order to minimize the amount of volunteer capacity required, while still providing an enjoyable event for orienteers.


This will be a Score-O event with a Mass Start and Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner classes.

In a Score O event control points are scattered across a map. These controls may be visited in any order. Participants will be given time to review the map before the start, a time limit, and all competitors will begin the course at the posted start time; see below. The goal is to find as many controls as possible within the time limit. Participants who return after the deadline will incur a penalty. Each control point will have a point value indicated on the map, which will vary depending on difficulty of finding the control.

All controls will be open to all competitors; however, the beginner map will be limited in that the most difficult controls will not be shown.

The terrain in Hemlock Ravine is varied –

Distances given below are an estimate only and will vary due to the nature of the event.

Beginner participants will typically follow marked and easy to follow trails to controls on trail for the easiest navigation and shortest distance to cover. Basic map following required. The beginner map will be limited in that controls with some difficulty will be shown but the more difficult controls will not be shown. 2km.

Intermediate participants, will exercise route choice along trails while also using map features and basic compass skills to find controls located just off trails with typically clear features to ease navigation. 3km.

Advanced participants will tackle the entire map on trail and off, following longer route choices through more difficult terrain, streams forests ravines and all; good navigation skills required. 6km.

A beginner’s clinic may be offered. Let us know if you are interested, and we can provide some form of instruction, if not a formal clinic. Please check-in at 10am if you require instruction.


Prior to participating in an event, all participants must have completed the Orienteering NS registration form and the Orienteering Canada waiver provided at the link below.

IMPORTANT for those who participated at the McDonald Park event - Normally, registration is a once-a-year process, however because we are rolling out a new system at this Hemlock event regrettably even if you completed a waiver for the previous event you will have to fill this out again. Last time, as long as the computers behave.

Once membership and waiver are completed, register for courses by selecting the appropriate course button on this page.

Please ensure you register via these links by midnight Friday, May 5, 2023 to ensure a map is printed for you. On-site check-in will take place on site from 10:00 to 10:45 am. Again, please ensure you have completed membership/waiver in advance (see above).

Membership and Waiver

Last minute registration: This can be done on site, but we typically only have a few extra maps because we didn't know you were coming. Also, pre-registration allows the on-site details to move more quickly.

VOLUNTEERS would be appreciated for a few tasks associated with the event (e.g. Beginner clinic, registration, control pickup). Please see here to sign up.

Snacks: A limited quantity of post race treats will be available, but participants should bring their own water and snacks if needed.


Parking will be at Grosvenor Wentworth School, or on the adjacent streets.


11:00 am (Mass Start); course closure will be 1:00 pm. For final on-site registration try to be at the registration table by 10:45 at the latest. Start will be nearby the registration location pinned below. A safety briefing will be given at 10:45.

Note maps will be handed out at registration.

Entry Fees:

The following are the fees for this event (pre-registered), add $5 for day-of registrations:

How to Pay:

In advance: By Electronic funds transfer to the following email:

In person: A payment container will be available. Please bring correct change.

Need Orienteering Kit before the event? Visit the O-Store!


To Paul at


Event is in Hemlock Ravine in Birch Cove NS just off the Halifax peninsula. Registration and Start Finish will be at the pinned location shown in the map below.


Course Maps

No course maps posted yet.


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