Course Maps

Beginner (Group)

Intermediate (Group)

Advanced (Group)

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.

The Venue:

Sandy Lake Park, a raw gem with many natural surface trails. This is a new area for Orienteering with a map that is still in development. Currently the map has few off trail features so the event will focus more on trail navigation.

The terrain in Sandy Lake Park is varied older forest covered drumlins and dense new growth covering rocky outcrops. Trails vary from rooted muddy when wet to soft forest floor. No trails are signed but are generally easy to follow.

Note that Sandy Lake Park has a supervised beach for swimming that, due to water quality issues typical this time of year, may or may not be open for swimming on the day.

The Courses:

Point-to-Point event with staggered starts and Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner classes.

Participants will be given their maps as they start.

Time limit of two hours to complete the course. Participants who return after the deadline will incur a penalty of 5 minutes per complete minute over time.

As navigation will generally be on-trail and easy, courses will be longer than usual.

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

Beginner participants will typically follow easy to follow trails to controls on trail for the easiest navigation and shortest distance to cover. Basic map following required. All controls will be on trails. 2km.

Intermediate participants, will exercise route choice along trails while also using map features and basic compass skills to, typically, find controls located on or just off trails with typically clear features nearby that ease navigation. 4km.

Advanced participants will tackle the entire map mostly on trail and with some off, following longer route choices through more difficult terrain, streams forests ravines and all; good navigation skills required. 8km.

A beginner’s clinic may be offered. Let us know via a message to the email address below 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 their first event, all participants must have completed the Orienteering NS registration form and the Orienteering Canada waiver provided at the following link. Once completed for your first event, you are done for the year.
  • 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, Jul 28, 2023 to ensure a map is printed for you.
  • On-site check-in will take place from 10:00 to 10:45 am. Again, please ensure you have completed membership/waiver in advance (see above).
  • Check in at the registration table by 10:45 at the latest on event day to take care of payment if necessary and to let us know you’ve arrived.

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 small post race treat will be available, but participants should bring their own water if needed.


Parking will be at the large parking area inside Sandy Lake Park.


There is a washroom facility at the HRM facility at Sandy Lake Beach.


10:00 Registration Opens

10:15 Beginner Clinic (if required)

10:45 Safety Brief

11:00 am (Staggered Starts); course closure will be 1:30 pm.

Start will be nearby the registration table.

Entry Fees:

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

How to Pay:

In advance (preferred):

By Electronic funds transfer to the following email:

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


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Where can I get some of that cool Orienteering Kit before the event? Visit the O-Store!


Event is in Sandy Lake Park in Bedford NS just up the harbour from Halifax.

Registration and Start Finish will be at or very near the pinned location shown in the map below.



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