Canadian Rockies Orienteering Festival Postponed until 2022

Due to the continuing safety uncertainties surrounding Covid 19, the Kootenay Orienteering Club, the British Columbia Orienteering Association, the Foothills Orienteering Club, the Alberta Orienteering Association and Orienteering Canada have made the decision to once again postpone the Canadian and Western Canadian Orienteering Championships and associated events until July of 2022.

The likelihood of being able to put on the events in July continues to be uncertain. The organizers have decided to make the decision now and focus on planning for 2022, versus planning for an event that may or may not happen in 2021. 

We can’t wait to be the venue for the Canadian Orienteering community reuniting in 2022. Until then, we strongly encourage you to get out orienteering in your own community and to have a 2021 orienteering season filled with adventures and fun close to your home. 

Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Stay Adventurous.

Hello Orienteers and welcome to the Canadian Rockies 2021 Orienteering Festival!

The Foothills Orienteering Club (FWOC) and the Kootenay Orienteering Club (KOC) have teamed up to organize the 2021 Canadian Rockies Orienteering Festival, July 2 to July 11, 2021.

We invite you to join us for the Western Canadian Orienteering Championships and the Canadian Orienteering Championships 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.  Both championship and  open / recreational classes will be available.  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 the tourism pages of the cities of Calgary, Banff, Canmore, Blairmore, Cranbrook and Kimberley!

WCOC 2021

Friday July 2rd: Sprint, Banded Peak School, Bragg Creek 4:00 pm first start

Saturday July 3th: Middle Lusk Creek Map in Kananaskis, 11:00am, new map

Sunday July 4th: Long Event, 10:00am, Lusk Creek Map in Kananaskis. new map

The 2021 Western Canadian Orienteering Championships will take place on July 2-4 near Canmore, Alberta. It will be hosted by the Foothills Orienteering club of Calgary.

Crowsnest Barebones Orienteering

We are excited to be developing orienteering in this amazing community in the SW corner of Alberta. It’s a beautiful (approx 2 hr) drive from the WCOC events, down highway 22, one of the most scenic drives around as you drive through the Foothills parallel to the Rockies. The Crowsnest Pass is made up of 5 smaller towns (Blairmore, Coleman, Bellevue, Frank, Hillcrest). The area has an incredible history and beauty and we encourage to have fun exploring the area as you make your way to the COCs in Kimberley and Cranbrook (about a 2 hour drive).

Monday July 5th: Barebones Event #1 (evening), Blairmore, Alberta

Tuesday July 6th: Barebones Event #2 (morning), Blairmore, Alberta

Sass Peepre National Junior Training Camp

For many years, the Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee has organized an annual training camp for juniors from across Canada. Junior athletes of all abilities from 11 to 20 years of age are invited to participate in this camp, which always has amazing volunteer coaches coming from the ranks of the Senior National Team, High Performance Program athletes, ex-national team members, and parents wanting to help their kids.

Wednesday July 7th and Thursday 8th: Kimberley Nordic Centre, Kimberley, British Columbia


The 2021 Canadian Orienteering Championships will take place on July 9th – 11th near Kimberley and Cranbrook, BC. It will be hosted by the Kootenay Orienteering Club.

COC 2021

Thursday July 8th: Event Centre Open at the Kimberley Nordic Centre, Registration: 2:00 – 6:00pm, Model Event: 2:00 – 7:00pm, Benchlands South, Kimberley.

Friday July 9th: Sprint, 10am, Kimberley Nordic (south), new map 2019, HPP relay at 2pm

Saturday July 10th: Long, 10am, Map: Eager Hills (new map 2020, Cranbrook area), Banquet (Kimberley Conference Centre), Awards, Silent Auction, Music and Dance.

Sunday July 11th: Middle, 10am, Ramparts (new map 2020, Cranbrook)


If you are able to help out with organising the events (you can still race if you are a participant), click on the buttons on the right side of the picture below and check out our list of needed volunteer positions and sign up for a shift!

Thank you for volunteering!