Recreational Park Series 

The Toronto Orienteering Club (TOC) invites you to orienteer in Toronto city parks. These informal, recreational events are for everyone – both beginners and experienced orienteers. Come and see how easy it is to start orienteering and enjoy the outdoors this summer. You’ll discover how interesting our many beautiful city parks can be while getting some good exercise.

In-person registration will start at 6:15 on the Wednesday. The meeting place will be marked by an orange and white orienteering flag. Participation is FREE for TOC members, non-members will be asked to pay a nominal fee. After getting your course map you can run/walk the course at your leisure. The course will close at 8:00pm. There will usually be a begiiner and an advanced course. You will also be able to receive informal orienteering instruction from TOC members at the registration area.

The controls to find on the course will be marked by short orange ribbons.  The ribbons will be in place for 1 week, so you have a  week to do the course. NOTE there is no guarantee that a ribbon will remain in place. Especially in busier areas of a park, other users of the park may remove them.

If you can't make it in person on the Wednesday, you can get a pdf copy of the course:

  1. Sign up as a club member, if you are not already a TOC member
  2. AFTER MAY 1, send a signed waiver to [email protected] . Note - you only need to send ONE waiver per season. Once we have your waiver you will have access to the courses for the Park Series from May to Sept. You will be able to download the course in PDF format from here
  3. The course map for a particular park will be available for download starting on the Wed  for 1-2 weeks. 

GPS COURSES OR MAPRUN6 COURSES

Some Wed courses may indicate that they also have a virtual (GPS) version, this allows you to find the controls using the MAPRUN6 app on your smartphone (you don't need to see the ribbon). In this case first follow the waiver procedure above, then you can use the app on your smartphone to do the course.

Here is how it works:

  1. Starting on the Wed (and for 1 week after) you can find the course by selecting “Events Near Me” in the MAPRUN6 app.
  2. Go to the park and when you are near the start location click on “Go to Start”. 
  3. The app will ‘punch’ the start automatically and the timer will begin.
  4. You will hear a beep at each control as you go through the course.  Continue to the finish and you will be able to see how you did by clicking “Show Results”

To complete the virtual course, the pdf map is not required (but highly recomended), you can just use the map on your phone (it's a less accurate Open-Street Map) but the pdf map, since it's more detailed will help with your navigation.

If you are new to Maprun6 watch a short video on how to set it up and use the first time HERE.

Past GPS/Maprun6 Courses

ALL of our past GPS/Maprun6 Courses are available to club members that provide a current waiver. The PDF files of the maps are available HERE.  If you have questions on the software please contact us at [email protected]

For more information, you can contact the meet director of the event by e-mail (click on the name), or email Park Series Coordinator

Park Series Schedule

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    Etienne Brule Park

    Aug 10th

    By the Humber River. Close to the OLD MILL subway station.

    While you're orienteering, you can re-trace the trade routes of the Anishinaabe peoples along the Humber River and visit their scared burial ground - but be respectful and please don't enter.

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    Ramsden Park

    Aug 17th

    Map provided by the UKR Orienteering Club. Start: across the street from Rosedale subway. There is a small amount of free* 1 hour parking.

     Please respect Private Property!

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    Edwards Gardens

    Aug 24th

    We're using EDWARDS GDNS as the gateway into the northern part of the Sunnybrook Park system. Please NO RUNNING while you're in Edwards Gdns proper.

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    High Park

    Aug 31st

    High Park is an intricate park with lots of interesting features, but you're surrounded by the city, so it's IMPOSSIBLE to get LOST!

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    Humber Bay Park

    Aug 3rd

    A new map at scenic Humber Bay Park. Take in views of the skyline, watch the butterflies and birds and be refreshed by the cool breeze coming off the lake. This park consists of two peninsulas jutting out into Lake Ontario, split by Mimico Creek with plenty of sandy shoreline to explore.
     
    See if you can find the Air India memorial, commemorating the victims of the largest mass killing in Canadian history.
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    Morningside Park

    Jul 27th

    A very 'rugged' park. Easy to get LOST. A good test of your navigational skills.

    But we will also have a BEGINNER course for the more faint of heart.

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    G ROSS LORD PARK

    Jul 20th

    An amazing park with: ravines, wetlands, a large reservoir, a mausoleum, and horse stables. See if you can find the amazing tree consumed with burl deformities right on the main path in the N part of the park

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    E T SETON PARK

    Jul 13th

    You can challenge your MIND and visit the Science Centre, then come and challenge BOTH your mind and your body on our Orienteering course.

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    Warden Woods

    Jul 6th

    Follow the directions CAREFULLY to find the start. This is a technically difficult park so beginners should be careful. Also the mosquitoes may be out in force.

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    Earl Bales North - Bathurst Park

    Jun 29th

    This event is hosted by the UKR Orienteering Club. The meeting place is outside the Earl Bales Community Centre. Bathurst Park is next to Earl Bales Park and is a technically difficult park with lots of MTB trails and dense forest. 

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    Taylor Creek Park

    Jun 15th

    The start is at the parking lot off HALDON AVE.

    This is a long park with lots of difficult, technical ravines. But you can also stay on/close to the paths if you're less experienced.

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    Sunnybrook Park

    Jun 8th

    Lots of paths - so great for BEGINNERS, but also many complicated features - so challenging for EXPERIENCED orienteers.

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    Earl Bales

    May 25th

    You can 'reflect' at the HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL, or take in some entertainment at the BARRY ZUKERMAN amphitheatre. OR participate in the great sport of ORIENTEERING.

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    Glendon

    May 18th

    Glendon College connects to the Sunnybrook Park system, making for GREAT orienteering. If you park in the parking lot, make sure you pay otherwise you will almost certainly get a TICKET!

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    Monarch Park

    May 11th

    A brand new map of a beautiful park in downtown Toronto. Scale is 1:4000, so experts can test their sprint skills, while beginners can learn to orienteer in familiar surroundings

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    High Park

    May 4th

    High Park is an intricate park with lots of interesting features, but you're surrounded by the city, so it's IMPOSSIBLE to get LOST!