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Organizer: Cheryl Smith (Event Director)

Brigadoon event is now scheduled for Saturday 14 October, 2023.

NEW MAP!! Brigadoon map scale is 1:4 000 with 2 meter contours. A number of new buildings are also present from the first map created but was never used as LiDAR came in and then a major renovation with a number of new structures which actually make the map even more interesting. Original map was started 2 years ago!!!

So, join us at Brigadoon Village on this brand-new map for a park and forest related sprint type event but with a longer time then normal sprint times. Note: Brigadoon is a nut-free and shellfish-free facility and asks that we do not bring these items onsite.

Three courses will be offered: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

This will be Barebones style event, meaning the approach will be casual in order to minimize the amount of volunteer capacity required, while still providing an enjoyable event for orienteers.

The Venue:

The terrain at Brigadoon is varied with some older forest and a lot of dense new growth covering rocky outcrops. Trails vary from rooted muddy when wet to soft forest floor. No trails are signed but are generally easy to follow.

The Courses:

Point-to-Point event with staggered starts for Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner classes.

Participants will be given their maps as they start.

Time limit of one hour to complete the course.

Beginner participants will typically follow easy to follow trails to controls on trail for the easiest navigation and shortest distance to cover. Basic map following required. All controls will be on or near trails and buildings will be used as well. ( 1.5 km +/-)

Intermediate participants, will exercise route choice along trails while also using map features and basic compass skills to, typically, find controls located on or just off trails with and using building as well. (2km +/-)

Advanced participants will tackle moat of the map following longer route choices through more difficult terrain; good navigation skills required. (2.5 to 3 km +/-)

A beginner’s clinic can be offered. Let us know via a message to the email address below if you are interested, and we can provide some form of instruction, if not a formal clinic. Please check-in at 10:00 if you require instruction.


  • Prior to participating in their first event, all participants must have completed the Orienteering NS registration form and the Orienteering Canada waiver provided at the following link. Once completed for your first event, you are done for the year.
  • Once membership and waiver are completed, register for courses by selecting the appropriate course button on this page.
  • Please ensure you register via these links by midnight on Friday, September 15th, 2023, to ensure a map is printed for you.
  • Check in at the registration table on event day to take care of payment if necessary and to let us know you’ve arrived.

Membership and Waiver

Last minute registration: This can be done on site, but we typically only have a few extra maps because we didn’t know you were coming... Also, pre-registration allows the on-site details to move more quickly.

VOLUNTEERS would be appreciated for a few tasks associated with the event (e.g. Beginner clinic, registration, control pickup). Please see here to sign up.

Snacks: A small post race treat will be available, but participants should bring their own water if needed.


Parking will be at the parking area just beside the Administration Building and across the road just before the Admin building if needed.


There is a washroom facility available.


10:00 Registration Opens at the Administration building.

10:15 Beginner Clinic (if required)

10:45 Registration Ends

10:45 Safety Briefing

11:00 (Staggered Starts); course closure will be by 1:00 pm.

Start will be near the registration table.

Entry Fees - Proceeds of this event will be donated to Orienteering Canada for Junior Development. In the spirit of encouraging participation by junior orienteers, no charge for participants under the age of 18.

The following are the fees for this event (pre-registered), add $5 for day-of registrations:

How to Pay:

In advance (preferred):

By Electronic funds transfer to the following email:

In person: A payment container will be available. Please bring correct change.

NOTE: For Brigadoon Staff there will be a discounted rate of $5 per person. You will also need $3 for your SI card, which is a way of timing you on your chosen course. You must wear a Brigadoon T-shirt to qualify for the special. Pay cash at the Registration desk. You also need to complete the event waiver and Membership online - see above!


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Where can I get some of that cool Orienteering Kit before the event? Visit the O-Store!


Event is at Brigadoon 1650 North RIver Road.

The pin on the location map shows the entrance to Brigadoon from N RIver Road.

Dick James was a founding member of the Orienteering Association of Nova Scotia and a past Board member of the Canadian Orienteering (now Orienteering Canada). His passion for Orienteering was reflected in the thousands of hours he devoted to growing the sport over the years. Proceeds from these events will allow a donation to be made in Dick’s name to Orienteering Canada’s junior development program and we thank you for your contribution.



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