Western Canadian Orienteering Championships Vision

The organizing team from Foothills Wanderers Orienteering Club (FWOC) and Alberta Orienteering Association (AOA) will host a quality event that will offer safe, technically challenging courses, be fair and fun for orienteers of all ages and stages and provide a friendly, social atmosphere for all orienteering competitors, supporters and volunteers. The event organizing committee is aware and recognizes the importance of environmental sustainability of the land and the event is planned to minimize the impact. This event is organized only once every 8 years in the Calgary area so come join us to enjoy this opportunity to orienteer in this beautiful land of the foothills.

All races will be on new updated high-quality maps with interesting terrain. Open classes will be available on all courses for each race for recreational orienteers. The Championships are meant to be inclusive – orienteers of any stripe, including those who started orienteering this year are welcome!

Lusk area – path

All races will have age group/class and open categories. Age group categories will have awards each day with small prizes. Open categories will not have awards.


There will be three races included. Orienteering Canada rules apply for all events.

  • Sprint (forest sprint)
  • Middle
  • Long

WCOC Medal eligibility:

  • Must be a member of an orienteering club, registered with Orienteering Canada.
  • Must live in one of the western provinces or territories in Canada in the past 6 months (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Northwest Territories, or Nunavut).
  • Register in the applicable age categories.
  • Non-WCOC eligible participants will be recognized for placing in the top 3 in their category, but will not receive a WCOC award.

Events schedule

EventDateLocation and ParkingTime
SprintFriday, July 1
Bragg Creek
Parking: Banded Peak School and Bragg Creek Community Centre
Race time: 4pm – 6pm
Race package / Bib pick up: 2:30pm-4:30pm
Awards: 6:15pm
MiddleSaturday, July 2Lusk Creek – Barrier Lake
Parking: Stoney Nakoda Casino
Shuttle buses provided to the event start for event competitors.
Race time: 11am- 3pm
Bib pick up: 9-11am at the bus loading area Stoney Nakoda Casino
AOA BBQ starting at noon. Awards will be after the long on Sunday.
LongSunday, July 3Lusk Creek – Barrier Lake
Parking: Stoney Nakoda Casino
Shuttle buses provided to the arena.
Race time: 10am-3pm
Bib pick up: 9-10am at the arena
Awards: 2:30pm at the arena.


There are no special clothing regulations. Full leg cover is recommended for all events. Protective eye-wear can be advantageous, but is not required. Change of clothing, water bottle, travel mug etc. may be left in the registration tent and at the starts. We strongly recommend all participants carry bear spray while on a course.

All competitors must carry a whistle for safety purposes. The start crews will check that you have a whistle. You will not be allowed to start the middle or long events without one. Whistles will be for sale at the package pickup and the Event Centre for CA$2.00 cash.

Lusk area – spur

Please bring your SI stick (number check) and compass. Renters can collect their SI stick at package pickup. Please return it at the finish after the last race!

A watch enables participants to adhere to course closure times and individual time limit (GPS watches are allowed).


  • Barrier Lake: Lusk Creek area
  • Bragg Creek: Banded Peak School map and area
  • Click on this link to see the Map of the embargo area



All competitor must sign a waiver and become familiar with the AOA SAFETY RULES & RECOMMENDATIONS.

Please visit our Safety in Orienteering webpage before attending the WCOC2022 events.

Competitors participate in each event at their own risk and must take their own safety precautions.

Competitors are responsible for any injuries that might occur to them during the races as well as for any accidents on the way to and from any event.


The forest events take place in a wilderness environment, with wild animals such as bears, cougars, wolves, moose, aggressive deer with fawns and stinging/biting insects etc. Participants may encounter wildlife while orienteering.

Organizers RECOMMEND that you carry bear spray and know how to use it!

When orienteering in bear country, the best strategy to avoid an encounter with a bear is to make a great deal of noise (talk loudly) stay in a group (eg. when training) and be alert for signs of bear activity (look for scat). In the rare case of an aggressive confrontation, bear spray is your best defense. 

Back slowly away from a bear, speak calmly, and don’t run.  For those unfamiliar with bear and other wildlife encounters, please check out the links about wildlife safety on our website.

You can buy or rent your bear spray at many outdoor stores. Rental available at:


First Aid will be available at the FINISH for all events. To reduce unnecessary pressure on First Aid services at the events, competitors should bring their own basic first aid kit and sports tape.

911 is the Canadian emergency number for ambulance, fire and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). If possible, contact an event organizer before you call 911 from an event site. Ideally, have an organizer call 911, to provide directions.

The following are the closest medical facilities:

  • Canmore General Hospital, 1100 Hospital Pl, Canmore, AB, T1W 1N2.

In the event of an emergency, competitors are required to follow the directions of the Event Director, Safety Chief and the Emergency Response personnel.


All competitors shall behave with fairness and honesty. Attempts to gain any information related to the courses, beyond that provided by the organizer, is prohibited before and during the competition.

It is not permitted to bring previous orienteering maps of the competition area to the event. Spectators are not allowed to enter the competition terrain before and during the competition.


Everyone must follow the routes specified by the organizers to reach the parking, event arena, and start.

Competitors are not allowed to re-enter the competition area after they have finished their race and before course closure without the permission of the controller. At all times, respect local people, private property, fences and walls.

A competitor who breaks any rule, or who benefits from the breaking of any rule, may be disqualified.


Any protest must be filed in writing within 15 minutes of course closure at the event information or timing tent at the finish.