Canadian Orienteering Championships to be held in Kimberley/Cranbrook in July – Kimberley Daily Bulletin

The Canadian Orienteering Championships will be held in Kimberley this summer, in the forests outside of Cranbrook and Kimberley July 8-10, part of the Canadian Rockies Orienteering Festival which runs July 1-10 .

Orienteering involves a cross-country race where individuals must also navigate the terrain with a map and compass.

“Orienteering is a sport that has been around for a while, but it is not a sport that attracts crowds. It’s about individuals, it’s not a team event,” said event coordinator Jim Webster. “You have to be in good shape, but you also think all the time because you sail while you run.”

The Kootenay Orienteering Club hosted the North American Orienteering Championships in 2010, attracting approximately 500 participants from 20 different countries.

“One thing about orienteers, they will travel long distances to compete in these big races,” Webster said.

“Before COVID, we were anticipating the Canadian Championships, we probably would have had 350 to 400. I think because people are a little more hesitant to travel right now, we will probably have 250 people in attendance, from all over Canada and we we have people registered from Australia and people who come from the United States.

Registrants will be in town for four nights as there are three days of competition plus a warm up and national junior training camp.

“The good thing about orienteering is that we have age categories for championships, but we also have open categories, so it’s a bit open to people who are new to the sport, even if it’s called a championship,” Webster said.

Many children from local schools orienteered or participated in the junior program. At just $40 and open to anyone under the age of 17, Webster said it’s a great opportunity for kids to get high-level coaching from coaches across the country at a hefty cost.

The junior camp will be centered outside the nordic centre.

There are two days of races in the forest near Cranbrook and one day of races plus the junior training camp in the forests around Kimberley.

Registration is still open and can be found with more information at

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Dino J. Dotson