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OVERVIEW & SCHEDULE

STAGE 1:  TORONTO (MANSFIELD)

Mansfield West

Friday, August 2

COC Model

Check out the terrain for the weekend at the first model event.

Mansfield

Saturday, August 3, 11:00

COC Middle

Kick off the festival with the Canadian Orienteering Championship Middle Distance event in one of Southern Ontario’s most classic ridge and valley terrains.

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Mansfield

Sunday, August 4, 09:00

COC Long

More runnable forest and intricate contour details at the Canadian Orienteering Championships Long Distance race.

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Mansfield

Sunday, August 4, 15:00

Sass Peepre Junior Camp

The camp sets up youth for an awesome week, making new friends and enjoying orienteering activities! All juniors are welcome.

Mansfield

Monday, August 5, 9:00

Sass Peepre Junior Camp

Training exercises with coaches on the Mansfield map. All juniors are welcome.

STAGE 2: KINGSTON

St. Lawrence College

Monday, August 5 to Thursday, August 8

NAOC Sprint Model

This new Kingston sprint map will be used for the model event.

Kingston

Tuesday, August 6, 9:00

Sass Peepre Junior Camp

Sprint specific training games and map activitiy. All juniors are welcome.

Kingston Penitentiary & Waterfront

Tuesday, August 6, 17:00

NAOC / COC Sprint

The Canadian and North American Sprint Champions will be crowned in this single event.

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Lake Ontario Park

Wednesday, August 7, 11:00

NAOC Relay

Grab your team and make your country proud in this sprint relay!

Kingston Penitentiary

Wednesday, August 7, 16:00

Kingston Penitentiary Tour

Guided tour of the Kingston Penitentiary to learn about the long history, infamous inmates and amazing escapes that made this maximum-security institution notorious!

Queen's University

Wednesday, August 7, 19:30

National Team Talks

Join us from 7:30 to 9:00 at Queen's University for a series of short talks by Team Canada athletes on a variety of topics.

Some of the talks include Emma Waddington talking about her research on orienteering and brain health, and our JWOC team talking about their experience this summer in Czechia. Entries by donation - all proceeds support Team Canada.

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Waterfront & Queen's University

Thursday, August 8, 10:00

NAOC Knock-Out Sprint

A day full of intense and exciting head-to-head sprint races. Qualification race in the morning followed by the knock-out races in the afternoon.

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STAGE 3: OTTAWA (CALABOGIE)

Calabogie

Friday, August 9

NAOC Model

Get a sneak peak at a small section of the Calabogie map.

Calabogie Peaks Resort

Saturday, August 10, 11:00

NAOC Middle

Rugged terrain and steep hillsides await you in the beautiful wilderness of Eastern Ontario.

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Calabogie Peaks Resort

Saturday, August 10

Banquet & Silent Auction

Join us for an the festival banquet and Team Canada's annual silent auction.

Calabogie

Sunday, August 11, 9:00

NAOC Long

End the festival on high ground in the Long distance race at Calabogie Peaks.

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The Toronto Orienteering Club, with the help of the Ukrainian Orienteering Club, are the hosts of the first weekend of races: the Canadian Orienteering Championships middle and long distance races.

 

Mansfield is one of the classic and historic orienteering landscapes in Southern Ontario.

CANADIAN ORIENTEERING CHAMPIONSHIPS

MIDDLE & LONG DISTANCE

Lying along the spine of the Niagara Escarpment about 100 km northwest of the cosmopolitan Toronto urban centre, Mansfield is a unique, well-drained area with virtually no water or rock features. An extensive trail network laces through this newly remapped terrain, with a highly runnable forest and a range of contour detail from complex, rolling ridge and valley closer to the Outdoor Centre, to flatter, subtle sections in the Dufferin County Forest.

 

A challenge for all and one of the real jewels in the crown of Canadian orienteering!

Mapper: Marian Cotirta

Date: Fall 2023

Map

Organizing Club:

Andrew Bell

Course Planner:

Controller:

Eugene Mlynczyk

Assisted by the

Ukrainian Orienteering Club

The 2024 NAOC’s will feature 3 mid-week sprint races on excellent urban sprint terrain in the historic city of Kingston using brand new maps of new areas not previously used for competitive orienteering.

 

These races will offer something for everyone, from elite athletes to young children, competitive veterans, aspiring juniors and slower ramblers.  

 

All venues are within a few kilometers of Kingston’s historic downtown and a stone’s throw from Lake Ontario, one of North America’s famous Great Lakes.

NORTH AMERICAN ORIENTEERING CHAMPIONSHIPS

SPRINT

The Kingston races start on Tuesday Aug 6 with NAOC/COC Individual Sprint Champs, in which competitors will search for controls behind the walls of Canada’s oldest and most notorious maximum security prison!

 

Return to the penitentiary on Wednesday for a more leisurely guided tour to learn about the Pen’s long history and some of the infamous inmates and amazing escapes that made this institution notorious. More details here.

Competitors will also visit a busy marina that served as the competitive sailing venue for the 1976 Summer Olympics.

Mapper: Andrew Cornett

Date: Summer of 2023

Map

Organizing Club:

Andrew Cornett

Course Planner:

Controller:

Jennie Anderson

The NAOC Sprint Relay day consists of 3 different races:

  • Club Relay

  • National Team Relay

  • Kids Relay

 

These relays have been set up to maximize fun and spectating opportunities for all. All courses will be fast and furious.

NORTH AMERICAN ORIENTEERING CHAMPIONSHIPS

SPRINT RELAY

The open Club Relay will run first with 3 legs and all legs having an arena passage/spectator control partway through the course. The National Team relay follows with nearly constant spectating through multiple arena passages and announcers keeping track of all the action. Then the race day will cap off with a kids relay for youth 16 and under and all are encouraged to cheer as loudly as possible!

Mapper: Stefan Bergstrom

Date: Summer of 2023

Map

Organizing Club:

Jeff Teutsch

Course Planner:

Controller:

Jennie Anderson

On Thursday the first-ever NAOC Knock-Out Sprint Champions will be crowned after three rounds of intense and exciting head-to-head sprint racing on the Queen’s University main campus! 

 

Knock-Out Sprint is an exciting new sprint format introduced in 2018 at the World Cup level where strategy, speed and navigation collide in competition sure to challenge your ability to stay cool under pressure while quickly making good route choices and running fast. 

NORTH AMERICAN ORIENTEERING CHAMPIONSHIPS

KNOCK-OUT SPRINT

Everyone will run a qualification sprint race in the morning. The top 36 male and 36 female qualifiers will advance to the 3-round Knock-Out Sprint in the afternoon while everyone else will be entered in a mass-start consolation race so that everyone gets to run at least twice and experience the thrill of head-to-head sprint racing!

Learn more about Knock-Out Sprint format.

In the qualification race, competitors will get a quick tour of the downtown waterfront, a scenic, historic and busy urban area with lots of technical detail. Highlights include Confederation Park, Battery Park, fortifications from the early 1800’s, the Maritime Museum of the Great Lakes (home of the S.S. Keewatin, a large passenger-liner from the Edwardian (Titanic) era) and the PumpHouse Steam Museum.

Qualification Race

Mapper: Andrew Cornett

Date: Summer of 2023

Map

Organizing Club:

Andrew Cornett

Course Planner:

Controller:

Stefan Bergstrom

Calabogie, Ontario, presents a quintessential Canadian Shield landscape, with serene lakes framed by rolling hills.

 

The arena, camping and festivities will all be at the foot of the ski hill at Calabogie Peaks Resort. There is a beach and golf course right across the road. Reward yourself with an ice cream from the snack bar or a refreshing beer on the patio after your races. On Saturday evening, support the Canadian National Team through their annual Silent Auction, followed by a sit-down feast at the closing banquet.

With veterans Stefan Bergstrom, Peter Laurich and Marketa Graham as course planners, you can anticipate physically demanding and well-designed courses.

NORTH AMERICAN ORIENTEERING CHAMPIONSHIPS

MIDDLE & LONG DISTANCE

​The terrain has deciduous forest of maple and oak, but with a mix of white pine, hemlock, and cedar in places. There are plenty of boulders and cliffs, and lots of climb (it is a ski hill after all). Intricate rock formations and contour details makes it great place for a middle distance course. The long distance race will test an orienteer’s stamina with route choices in hilly terrain with few trails. Fear not, though, the forest is runnable with good footing.

Mapper: Jeff Teutsch, Navigation Sports

Date: Summer 2023 - Spring 2024

Map

Organizing Club:

Middle: Peter Laurich

Long: Stefan Bergstrom

Course Planner:

Controller:

Middle: Marketa Graham

Long: Marketa Graham

Check out the video footage from the 2023 Canadian Orienteering Championships that was held just north of  Montréal.

Queen’s University was founded in 1841 and today has over 30,000 students and 4,000 international students from over 100 countries.  The Knock-Out Sprint Races will be contested on the Queen’s main campus, a typical feature-rich University campus with a complex mix of lawns, paved areas, walking paths, older buildings, newer buildings, stone walls, fences, flower beds and more.

Knock-Out Races

Mapper: Jeff Teutsch, Navigation Sports

Date: Summer of 2023

Map

ORIENTEERING CANADA LEARNING SUMMIT

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