Hello Alberta Orienteers, from those just starting out, to those who have run the forests and plains for years. Welcome, all to the 2022 orienteering season!
I am crossing my fingers and holding my breath, hoping that we can get back to more in-person events this season. The one common thread that I have heard this winter is that people really miss seeing their fellow orienteers in person. To that end, the AOA has increased its budget for events where people can come to together and share their mutual enjoyment of our sport.
Something special to look forward to in July is the running of the much-postponed Western Canadian Orienteering Championship, put on by our friends at FWOC, and the associated Canadian Orienteering Championship, put on by our B.C. friends at the Kootenay Orienteering Club. A special opportunity between these two events, will be to take in two Barebones events near Blairmore, in southern Alberta.
For those chomping at the bit, FWOC is hoping to put on their traditional spring opener at Rumsey on Sunday, May 1st, and EOOC is also hoping to put on an event in Morningside two weeks later. So, dust off your compass, and get ready for orienteering in 2022. I hope to see you on the trails!
Save the date:
Alberta Orienteering Association
7 pm, April 19, 2022
Please register below to receive an email with the Zoom link. The link will be also posted on our website just before the event starts.
All participants at the AOA AGM on April 19, 2022 will be entered to win an entry to the WCOC!
It's a win-win situation! Not sure what WCOC is?
Read on to learn about the Western Canadian Orienteering Championships below.
Plan for a great vacation this summer!
The Foothills Wanderers Orienteering Club (FWOC), AOA and the Kootenay Orienteering Club have teamed up to organize the 2022 Canadian Rockies Orienteering Festival, July 1 to July 10, 2022.
We invite you to join us for the 2022 Western Canadian Orienteering Championships (WCOC) and the 2022 Canadian Orienteering Championships (COC) on some of the best terrain in Canada with spectacular surroundings. For both championships, there will be three races: sprint, middle and long distances as well as model event. All races will be on new or fully revised high-quality maps.
Don't let the name intimidate you. These events are also family and beginner-friendly, both championship and open/recreational classeswill be available. You can even try it in a group setting.
NEW ! We will also be orienteering for the first time ever in the Crowsnest Pass in SW Alberta. The perfect stop as you make your way from the Westerns to the Sass Peepre Camp and the Canadians.
The Canadian Rockies offer plenty of outdoor recreational activities for everyone … checkout out the tourism pages of the cities of Calgary, Banff, Canmore, Blairmore, Cranbrook and Kimberley! Registration is coming soon! We are setting up a new system so please bear with us.
Planning calendar for Alberta 2022
Check out the Alberta and close-by events. It looks like we are back with a full set of offerings. From the usual Wednesday night club events to forest events, training opportunities and Provincial / Westerns & National Championships everything is being planned for this summer.
Please SAVE the DATE!
AUGUST 21-22 , 2022 Sunday and Monday.
We need your help!
AOA received a CASINO draw in Calgary Pure Casino. The AGLC Casino fund is a main operational support for AOA. We use it for creating maps, developing programs and supporting events. If you can help us with a shift it would be greatly appreciated.
Please sign up below.
THANK YOU to our amazing volunteers.
One thing is certain, Orienteering in Alberta would not exist without all the dedicated heroes in the community who give thousands of hours to the sport.
Congrats to Marion, Geraint and Marilyn who were inducted into the Order of Orienteering Canada (Lifetime Achievement) by Orienteering Canada this month! Check out their bios for all the amazing things they have done!