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:

Dalhousie University, Kings College and surrounding streets. Urban environment, buildings, pavement, open parklands, alleys and nooks.

The Courses:

Point-to-Point Sprint Pursuit event with Time Staggered Starts and Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner classes.

Participants will be given their maps as they start.

To complete any of the courses participants must visit a series of control points in the order shown on the map provided.

In a Sprint Pursuit, courses will be shorter and faster than usual. Unique to this event participants will run twice on different courses. First run, one minute staggered starts. For the second run participants will be started in reverse order, faster runners last.

There will be no official time limit to complete the course, however the second round will start as soon as possible after most competitors have returned.

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

Beginner participants will typically follow an easy route along sidewalks or paths to controls on path junctions and easily recognizable features for the easiest navigation and shortest distance to cover. Basic map following required. All controls will be on trails. 1km.

Intermediate participants, will exercise route choice around buildings and along paths and sidewalks or parks while also using map features and basic compass skills to, typically, route around buildings and find controls located on or just off paths with typically clear features nearby that ease navigation. 2km.

Advanced participants will tackle the entire map navigating around streets and sidewalks around buildings and parks, following longer route choices through more complex terrain, good navigation skills required. 3km.

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, Sep 8, 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 available on streets near the registration table.


There is a washroom facility, that is occasionally open, in Studley Gym adjacent to the registration table.


10:00 Registration Opens

10:15 Beginner Clinic (if required)

10:45 Safety Brief

11:00 am (Staggered Starts); First round course should be complete by approx. 12:00 with second round starting by 12:30.

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 on the Dalhousie and Kings College campus, on peninsular Halifax.

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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