Manitoba Orienteering Association

Kiche Manitou Permanent Orienteering Course


This updated facility has been developed by the Manitoba Orienteering Association, Inc., in cooperation with Manitoba Conservation and Climate, Manitoba Parks, Spruce Woods Provincial Park. A permanent orienteering course has been in the Park since 1991. We hope that you will enjoy this activity and that you will join us for other Orienteering activities around the province.

Please be aware that you are running through a living area. Take care and do not damage plants, trees or shrubs in the Park.
You are also likely to encounter other individuals and groups while completing this course. Please do not disturb other users by running through their activities and do not run through occupied campsites - go around them instead.

How to use the course:

What you Need:
 - Map with Instruction Page
 - Pencil or Pen
 - Compass (Optional)

Before Starting:
1) Print a copy of the Kiche Manitou Orienteering Course Map and Instructions. The map is a two-sided 8x14 inch PDF file so you will need Adobe Reader to view and print. You can download the map from here (3589KB). The map should be printed in color.
2) Read the Instructions on the second page of the map file- “What to Do”; “Course Explanation”; control description list; “What is Orienteering”; “Tips and Tricks”.
3) Review the Map legend, Map scale, North Arrow, Contour interval.
4) Use the “SOLUTION” boxes to record the unscrambled letters to reveal the secret message. (see “What to Do” & “Course Explanation”)

The Start is at the information kiosk located in the northwest corner of the large parking lot and at the end of the walkway to the Park Center. The start is indicated by a triangle on the map.

Other ways to use the course:
Once you have completed the course you can have more fun by trying the following activities:
Score Orienteering - Set a time limit for yourself or your group. See how many points you can get before the time is up. Subtract one point for each minute you are over the allotted time.
Make your own course - Pick a number of controls. Decide on what order to visit them. See who can finish the course in the fastest time.

Here are course suggestions that address time limits & level of difficulty:
1) 1, 2, 4, 7, 3
2) 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 3
3) 2, 1, 20, 19, 16, 15, 17, 18, 13, 7, 4, 3
4) 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 17, 18, 13, 7, 2, 1, 3