Where Your Outdoor Adventure Begins
AOA RECOMENDATION REGARDING COVID-19
On November 24, 2020, Alberta’s government is declaring a state of public health emergency and put new measures in place to protect the health system and reduce the rising spread of COVID-19 cases.
– Effective Nov. 27, 2020-
- All levels of sport (professional, semi-professional, junior, collegiate/universities and amateur) are closed for in-person service .
- Outdoor gatherings are still in place for up to 10 people.
- Outdoor sport, recreation and physical activity is permitted, as long as they are physically distanced, follow guidance and abide by the outdoor gathering limit.
- Teams from municipalities identified as enhanced measure communities should not move their activity to municipalities not identified as enhanced measure communities.
- This means that athletes from Calgary/ Edmonton and surrounding areas CANNOT travel elsewhere to train.
Once it is allowed AOA will support a progressive return to orienteering. Please find relevant information on our webpage for ORGANIZERS & CLUBS and for PARTICIPANTS.
What is Orienteering?
The simple answer would be that it is one of the greatest outdoor activity which involves the mind and body and helps people to connect with nature by building confidence and competence to be outside.
Participants navigate (mostly running or walking) to a series of checkpoints marked on a map. The goal is to find each point, and if you are competitive, to do so as quickly as you can. Orienteering is perfect for anyone seeking to add some outdoor adventure to their life. It is super fun because of the cognitive aspect of route finding and decision making, which always brings a new perspective. Anyone can participate regardless of experience, ability or age and it is very family oriented.
At the same time the it is a challenging sport for runners or adventure racers with a competitive edge.The sport of Orienteering started in Scandinavia over a hundred years ago and has since spread throughout the world with international events and established World Championships.
A map, a forest and you. What could be better?