Organizers: Rob Hart (Assistant), David Bakker (Event Director)

Map: South Canoe


Beginner and Intermediate Quickroutes were sent out individually - only one GPS track was received.

(Updated on May 15th with 1 additional track)

Location, Parking, and Map

We are using the southern half of the South Canoe map and will not be running in any of the area where we had the last event. Parking is NOT in the South Canoe parking lot, but is on the south end of 70th St. SE where the paved road ends. This parking is accessible by all vehicles and there is sufficient parking on the edge of the road for lots of vehicles. See the google map at the bottom of the page for parking location.

There is an 800m walk to start from the parking. You must follow the route specified below (also shown on the map you will be sent upon registration). Walk around the fancy gate that guards access to the Salmon Arm Fish and Game club. Follow the unpaved road to the club and take the first trail on the left which is right where there is a red and white no trespassing sign (there is also a small marsh on the left just after the trail). Along the trail you will head through two gates in a fence and through a section of private property - be respectful and stay on the trail. If you open a gate, please close the gate after you go through it. The start is just after the second gate.

The map is a full to specification orienteering map made over the course of several years by Phil Wallensteen and David Bakker. Parts of it are getting slightly out of date - in particular most of the indistinct trails are very indistinct at this time of year.

Huge thanks to Rob Hart for doing almost all the legwork on this event.


Remember that courses are measured in a straight line, so you will be going further. Course distances do not include the 800m walk to start from the parking.

  • Beginner - 2.3 km. Easier navigation with controls (checkpoints) on trails or just off of trails. Great view of Salmon Arm!
  • Intermediate - 3.2 km. Harder and longer than beginner, but shorter and easier than advanced. This intermediate course is more challenging than the past few weeks of intermediate courses (which were on the beginner end of an intermediate course). This intermediate course is on the more advanced end of the spectrum of the intermediate course. Great view of Salmon Arm!
  • Advanced - 5.2km. Physically and technically challenging orienteering. Great view of Salmon Arm!

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.


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.


These trainings are being offered as a free mental health service to all Sage Orienteering Club members.

How it Works

  1. Register your Sage Orienteering Club membership online on Zone4. Payment and waiver are both online on Zone4 this year.
  2. Once registration opens (it's not open yet!), register for the course of your choice and let us know how many of you are going. We will email you a map individually - so make sure your email address with your WhyJustRun account is accurate.
  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. (Optional) Upload a .gpx file (you can export this from Strava, Garmin Connect, Attackpoint, and many others) to our website (link will be posted once registration is open) 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 or routechoices digitally.

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.



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