Course Maps





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:

Hemlock Ravine Park is 200-acre habitat with opportunities for walking, nature observation, and relaxation; short off-leash area for dogs. The 4-km stacked loop trails offer many routes for jogging and observation of nature in all seasons.

Hemlock Ravine Park | Tourism Nova Scotia, Canada


Point to Point

To complete any of the courses participants must visit a series of control points in the order shown on the map provided. Maps will be provided at the start which will be staggered to space competitors and limit following.

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.

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.


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


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


There are no washroom facilities on site. Gas stations and coffee shops are nearby on Kearney Lake Road.


We run rain, snow or shine. Local thunder will typically be accommodated by a short delay. That said any weather involving a Hurricane or Tropical Storm coming straight over will result in a reschedule.


10:00 Registration Opens

10:15 Beginner Clinic (if required)

10:45 Safety Brief

11:00 am (Staggered Start);

12:30 pm Foot O Time Limit

Start will be nearby the registration table.

Entry Fees: (Note, all of the following is restated in the registration process)

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

$10 per adult (21+) participating as an individual

$5 per youth (7-20) participating as an individual

$7 per group/team member if participating as part of a team

Children under 7 participate free

*If you are registering four or more family/household members at the same time (including at least one adult), please use the discount code FAMILY_2024 at checkout to receive a discount.

How to Pay: (Note, all of the following is restated in the registration process)

In advance (preferred):

  • By credit card as part of the registration process
  • Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to the following email:
    • If you choose this method, complete the online registration process. At checkout, please enter the following coupon code: PAY_EFT_2024 so that you appear on our registration list.

In person:

  • In cash; a payment container will be available. Please bring correct change.
    • If you choose this method, complete the online registration process. At checkout, please enter the following coupon code: PAY_CASH_2024 so that you appear on our registration list.

While we work with out our new registration system we will not be offering Square Card or Chip payments on site.


Prior to participating in an event, all participants must have completed the one time Orienteering NS registration form and the Orienteering Canada waiver as part of registration process.


Once membership and waiver are completed, registering for courses is part of completing the process at the registration site.

Please ensure you register via this link by midnight THURSDAY, Jun 6, 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.

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.

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


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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.



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