Event Schedule

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    2021 Beginner Clinic - High Park

    Jun 25th

    Interested in orienteering but don’t know where, or how, to start? Come on out to our next Beginner Clinic at High Park. We’ll show you how to use a compass, how to read an orienteering map, and walk with you through an orienteering course.

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    2021 Beginner Clinic - Earl Bales Park

    Jul 23rd

    Interested in orienteering but don’t know where, or how, to start? Come on out to our next Beginner Clinic at Earl Bales Park. We’ll show you how to use a compass, how to read an orienteering map, and walk with you through an orienteering course.

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    2021 Turkey Trot

    Oct 3rd

    Our Annual Turkey Trot event IS BACK!! 

    Format will depend on what the status of Covid19 is.  As Vaccines are being issued throughout 2021 we are hopeful we can provide this event.

    Details coming soon.

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    2021 Sprint Event No. 1

    Jun 2nd - 16th

    Get out your running shoes!!  From June 2 to 16 we will be hosting a Virtual Sprint Event will be at Trinity Bellwoods Park.  Be ready for 2 short but intense courses!

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    2021 The (Un)Mob Match

    Apr 17th - 24th

    This spring we will bring back our Mob Match!  But it can't be run as usual and should be anything but a Mob!  Instead we will set up a Score-O course that participants can run at anytime April 17th to 24th.  Thus maximizing social distancing and eliminating any Mob that would normally happen.

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    2021 UKR North Tract Score-O

    Mar 27th - Apr 4th

    Spring is around the corner and the days are getting longer so why not get out to York Regional Forest North Tract for some Orienteering!!?

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    2021 UKR O-Cup - Virtual Valentine's Day Edition

    Feb 14th - 21st

    Our friends at UKR will be hosting another Virtual event for TOC and UKR members starting February 14 to 21st.

    Sign up to the club for this free event! 

     

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    2021 TOC January Score-O

    Jan 16th - 24th

    Since Toronto is in a Lock-down we are unable to run our traditional OCup event.  Instead we will set up a Score-O course that participants can run at anytime January 16th to 24th.  This will be similar to how our Wednesday night series were run in the summer.

Recreational Park Series 

The Toronto Orienteering Club 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 order to adapt to the new COVID-19 reality we are changing the format of our Park Series. We will not have any registration, or in-person distribution of courses. Participants will download a pdf copy of the course as described in more detail below. While in the park make sure you follow the City of Toronto's COVID guidelines, which can be found here: COVID GUIDELINES .

The courses will be a SCORE-O format which means you can find the controls in any order and as many as you wish. Controls may have different point values and this will be indicated on the map. Each control will be marked by orange ribbons. The ribbons will be short, so you'll have to look carefully. DO NOT touch the ribbon, if you SEE the ribbon, then you have found it. 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.

To obtain 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 2021 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. The course will be setup in the park from 6pm Wed.

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”
  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, 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.

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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    High Park

    Jun 23rd - 29th

    High Park is an intricate park with lots of interesting features, where it's IMPOSSIBLE to get LOST!

    There will be a BEGINNER pt to pt course with 9 controls that you must find in order.There will also be a more advanced SCORE-O course with 17 controls to find. These controls have pt values of 10 to 50 pts. If you find ALL of them you score 400 pts.

    There WILL also be a virtual course.

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    2021 Beginner Clinic - High Park

    Jun 25th

    Interested in orienteering but don’t know where, or how, to start? Come on out to our next Beginner Clinic at High Park. We’ll show you how to use a compass, how to read an orienteering map, and walk with you through an orienteering course.

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    Serena Gundy Park

    Jun 30th - Jul 6th

    SERENA GUNDY is part of the Sunnybrook Parks system. The park is named for the wife (Serena) of the co-founder of the WOOD GUNDY financial co. You can visit (what used to be) her garden while here. Lots of paths - so great for BEGINNERS, but also many complicated features - so challenging for EXPERIENCED orienteers.

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    Ramsden Park

    Jul 7th - 13th

    Hosted by the UKR Orienteering Club. Start: across the street from Rosedale subway.

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    E T Seton Park

    Jul 14th - 20th

    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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    Earl Bales Park

    Jul 21st - 27th

    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 - we'll have a Score-O course for you to try. 

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    2021 Beginner Clinic - Earl Bales Park

    Jul 23rd

    Interested in orienteering but don’t know where, or how, to start? Come on out to our next Beginner Clinic at Earl Bales Park. We’ll show you how to use a compass, how to read an orienteering map, and walk with you through an orienteering course.

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    Humber Bay Park

    Aug 4th - 10th

    TBD

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    Monarch Park

    Aug 11th - 17th

    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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    Earl Bales North - Bathurst Park

    Aug 18th - 24th

    Hosted by the UKR Orienteering Club. Meeting place is outside the Earl Bales Community Centre, but we will be using a map of nearby Bathurst Park.

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    Edwards Gardens

    Aug 25th - 31st

    Take some time to smell the FLOWERS. Or get some wedding photos done.

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    Taylor Creek Park

    Jun 16th - 22nd

    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.

    The course is a Score-O (which means you can find the controls in any order). They have pt values from 0 to 100 depending on how hard they are to find.

    There is also a virtual course available.

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    Warden Woods Park

    Jun 9th - 15th

    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.

    There will be a SHORT and a LONG pt to pt course. Both courses will first take you up the east side of the creek, cross over on St Clair Ave, and then back down the west side. If you have difficulty with the first part, or if it's getting dark, then you shouldn't cross over to do the return leg, rather re-trace your steps using the paved path on the east side and return to the start.

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    Trinity Bellwoods

    Jun 2nd - 8th

    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.

    The start location is the wooden platform down in the dog bowl. There are 2 VIRTUAL sprint courses. That means NO ribbons, you use the MAPRUN6 app on your phone, and you can download detailed maps of the courses from the standard place.

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    G. Ross Lord Park

    May 26th - Jun 1st

    An amazing park with: ravines, wetlands, a large reservoir, a mausoleum, and horse stables. 

    There will be 3 Pt to Pt courses which means you have to find the controls in order:

    1. An "advanced" with 14 controls and a "distance" (as the crow flies between controls - so your distance will be longer) of 4.4 km.
    2. A "sprint" with 12 controls and a "distance" of 3 km.
    3. And, what the course setter Ian calls a "bridge tour". This course takes you throughout the whole park and has a "distance" (as the crow flies) of 6.5 km. There are NO markers at the control pts - so use the map to take yourself on a guided tour of this interesting park.

    There is NO virtual course.

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    Glendon College

    May 19th - 25th

    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!

    The courses are marked with PINK ribbons.

    There will be a Beginner pt to pt course with 7 controls that you must find in order. There will also be a more advanced SCORE-O course with 20 controls to find. These controls have pt values of 10, 20 and 30 pts. If you find ALL of them you score 350 pts.

    There is NO virtual course.

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    High Park

    May 12th - 18th

    High Park is an intricate park with lots of interesting features, where it's IMPOSSIBLE to get LOST! There will be a BEGINNER pt to pt course with 9 controls that you must find in order.There will also be a more advanced SCORE-O course with 20 controls to find. These controls have pt values of 10, 20 and 30 pts. If you find ALL of them you score 320 pts. Some areas have beautiful Trillium beds, especially at controls 28 and 29. Please be careful not to disturb them. There will NOT be a virtual course.