Organizers: David Bakker (Course Planner), Abbigail May (Assistant)

Map: Haines Creek

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Courses are closed.


Due to the exceptional global circumstances at the moment, we will not be having our usual events. Instead, we are setting up trainings that can be completed in your own time, any time, over the coming weeks. For all the trainings we will be hanging some flags in the woods for a few weeks, and individually emailing out maps. You print out the pdf to get your own map (or if you are very careful, keep it on your cellphone) to use.

There is almost no snow left on the map, but there are lots of dirtbikers/quadders to keep your eyes and ears open on the trails. The courses are designed to minimize interactions with other user groups, and it is a good opportunity to practice your off trail


There is only one course available, which is a fairly advanced course in nature. This area does not lend itself well to a beginner friendly course which needs to stay out for extended time periods because of the other user groups. The course is 5.4km (straightline), but there are lots of options to cut the course shorter if you like. We hope to have some more beginner friendly training options at our next training.


We are choosing training location very carefully to be locations that tend to have low public use to maximize social distancing, but are relatively close to the city to minimize travel. We will be on forested maps exclusively, and not using any of the park maps in the city that are already over-crowded. We have some new maps in the works, but will also be returning to some previously used ones.


  • Please stay home if you have any symptoms of illness.
  • Only participate in orienteering activities with individuals from your immediate household.
  • Stay at least 2 metres away from all other park/wilderness users and do not congregate at the trailheads or control sites.
  • Do not touch the control(checkpoint) flags – just get within 5m or so.
  • Walk/run with extreme caution to avoid any injuries.
  • It is starting to be tick season! Check yourself when you're done and when you get home. We have not seen any on this particular map yet, but there are likely some about to come out.


These trainings are being offered as a free mental health service to all Sage Orienteering Club members. Now is a great time to go for a run by yourself or in a very small group in the beautiful Okanagan nature.

How it Works

  1. Register your Sage Orienteering Club membership online on Zone4. Payment and waiver are both online on Zone4 this year.
  2. Register for the course of your choice and let us know how many of you are going. Send an email to David B. We will email you a map individually.
  3. Run the course whenever you want during the times when the event is open. If you are interested in comparing results & routes with others, record a GPS track on your smartwatch or phone.
  4. Check back in with the organizers to verify that you are done the course by either option:
    • Send an email back to David (who sent you the map)
    • (Optional) Upload a .gpx file (you can export this from Strava, Garmin Connect, Attackpoint, and many others) to our website which will calculate your split times. We will also then overlay all the GPS tracks onto the map together so you can compare routechoices with others. We might not be able to gather socially, but we can still talk about our routechoices digitally. If you do not have a dedicated GPS unit, you can use your phone using free apps such as these:

How You Can Help

These events are running entirely on volunteer manpower. We would love some help if you would be willing to pick up controls at a specified times at the end of each event, and handing them on to the next volunteer who will put them out. We are also looking for some other help for the club with



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