The UKR Gators are excited to welcome Ontario’s orienteering community back to Starkey Hills, just southeast of Guelph.

Originally mapped in 1985 at 1:15000 by Olaf Hansson for the Ontario Masters Games, this venue has held numerous events/training days, including one of the first THOMASS events (the original name of the current winter O-Cup Series). We will be using only a small portion of the northeast part of the map at a 1:7500 scale, remapped in 2006, along with some minor trail/vegetation updates in 2017.

Starkey Hills North is heavenly terrain for orienteering. It’s a varied mix of bland/ultra-detailed topography, open mixed deciduous/coniferous forest, and rough/semi-open land. A favorite of many orienteers across the province, its quality is worthy of a National Championship. We are very proud to offer it for an event!

We will also offer a Beginner Course to the event, for beginners to orienteering. While not part of the O-Cup Series, the Beginner Course will give new orienteers a valuable chance to practice and develop their nascent skills. The course will be set entirely on trail, and quite safe for all ages. We do ask that very young children be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Start time Sunday, February 26th, 12:30 am

Time: 9:30 AM

Register Online


Meet directors: Chris Laughren

Course setters: Mark Innes


Address: 1180 Arkell Road, Milton, Ontario L0P 1B0

From the 401 (Toronto):

Take exit 312 for Regional Road 1/Guelph Line – head north/turn right. (drive 8.4 km)

Turn left onto 20 Side Rd/Halton Regional Rd 34. (drive 2.8 km)

Turn right onto First Line Nassagaweya. (drive 6.1 km)

Turn left onto Arkell Rd. After 1.4 km, turn left onto Nassagaweya-Puslinch Townline and park on right

hand side of the road.

From the 401 (Kitchener-Waterloo):

Take exit 295 for ON-6 N toward Guelph. (Drive 2.6 km)

Turn right onto Maltby Rd W. (Drive 6.2 km)

Turn left onto Watson Rd S. (Drive 3.7 km)

Turn right onto Arkell Rd/County Rd 37. (Drive 2.3 km)

Turn right onto Nassagaweya-Puslinch Townline and park on right hand side of the road.

From the 403 (Hamilton):

Take exit 74 for Ontario 6 toward Guelph N. (Drive 25 km)

Turn right onto Badenoch St/Wellington 36/Wellington Road 36. (Drive 2.0 km)

Turn left onto Victoria Rd. (Drive 4.0 km)

Turn right onto Wellington County Rd 34. (Drive 4.4 km)

Turn left onto Nassagaweya-Puslinch Townline. (Drive 5.8 km)

Park facing south just before the stop sign at Arkell Road.

Location Starkey Hills North

Scale: 1:7500

Contour Interval: 5m

Revisions: 1985/2006/2017


The length of this run will depend on a participant’s O-cup handicap. This race will offer the standard O-Cup Box, but will feature 6 ‘dogbones’. Dogbones are sets of 2 checkpoints in which the set can be completed in any order. Participants may skip dogbones in the box equal to their handicap point total.

Handicap points are awarded as follows:


Female 6 5 4 3 2 3 4 5 6 6
Not Female 6 5 4 1 0 1 2 3 4 5
Handicap of 2: Women in the top 10 of Canadian orienteering rankings
Handicap of 0: Men ranked in the top 10 of Canadian orienteering rankings

All courses will close after 120 minutes. Please make sure you return to the finish within the time limit. Check in with the race officials as soon as you reach the finish, whether you complete the course or not.


Adults: $20/person but ONLY $15 for UKR members

Youth: $10/person (16 & under) but ONLY $5 for UKR members

Beginner: Course: $15/person

Family Maximum: $40.00

Community Groups (cubs, scouts, guides, cadets, school groups): $10.00/person


SportIdent electronic timing will be used at this event. Your entry fee includes the use of a SportIdent electronic timing card (SI card). If you have your own SI card, please provide the number when registering. Take good care of this card: if lost, a $60 replacement fee will be charged.