North American Orienteering Championships
North American Orienteering Championships - Cranbrook-Kimberley - Angela and Maiya (16023352989).jpg
Finish line at the 2010 NAOC in Cranbrook, British Columbia
Genresports event
CountryCanada, United States
Inaugurated1971 (1971)
Previous event2018
Next event2023
Organised byIOF, Orienteering Canada, Orienteering USA

The North American Orienteering Championships (NAOC) is an biannual orienteering event organized by the International Orienteering Federation.


Originally, the North American Orienteering Championships consisted of just two forest races. The competition was held in odd-numbered years until 1977, after which it changed to even numbered years starting in 1980. A sprint race was added to the program in 2006. The event's location always alternates between Canada and the United States.

The NAOC has been held in conjunction with other orienteering competitions such as the Canadian Orienteering Championships (1990, 1998, 2018, 2024) and the Asia-Pacific Orienteering Championships (1990, 2002).[1]

Competition format

The current championship events are a long distance, middle distance, sprint distance, and either a forest relay or sprint relay. The events can take place in any order.[2]

Distance Winning Time Notes
Long distance 70–80 min (women)
90–100 min (men)
Middle distance 30–35 min
Sprint 12–15 min
Forest Relay 105–135 min Three-person teams
Sprint Relay 55–60 min Mixed four-person teams


Year Dates Location Host Club(s)
1971 6—7 November United States Dumfries, Virginia Quantico Orienteering Club
1973 1—2 September Canada Gatineau Park, Quebec Ottawa Orienteering Club
1975 24—25 May United States Bear Brook State Park, New Hampshire New England Orienteering Club
1977 8—9 October Canada Lachute, Quebec Ramblers Orienteering Club
1980 1—2 November United States Brecksville Reservation, Ohio Northeast Ohio Orienteering Club
1982 21—22 August Canada Carberry, Manitoba Manitoba Orienteering Association
1984 6—7 October United States Harriman State Park, New York Hudson Valley Orienteering Club
1986 16—17 August Canada Milton and Barrie, Ontario Hamilton King's Foresters
1988 29—30 October United States Hickory Run State Park, Pennsylvania Delaware Valley Orienteering Club
1990 11—12 August Canada Caroline, Alberta Alberta Orienteering Association, Edmonton Overlanders Orienteering Club
1992 7—8 November United States Prince William Forest Park, Virginia Quantico Orienteering Club
1994 20—21 August Canada Barrie, Ontario Hamilton King's Foresters
1996 19—20 October United States Meramec State Park, Missouri St. Louis Orienteering Club
1998 2—3 August Canada Bonaparte Provincial Park and Merritt, British Columbia Sage Orienteering Club
2000 28—29 October United States Harriman State Park, New York Hudson Valley Orienteering
2002 13—14 July Canada Dalmuir, Alberta Foothill Wanderes Orienteering Club, Edmonton Overlanders Orienteering Club
2004 29—30 May United States Cleveland, Ohio Northeast Ohio Orienteering Club
2006 6—9 October Canada Hamilton and Milton, Ontario Golden Horseshoe Orienteering
2008 26—28 September United States Altmar and Fayetteville, New York Central New York Orienteering
2010 2—4 July Canada Cranbrook, British Columbia Kootenay Orienteering Club, Foothills Wanderers Orienteering Club, Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club
2012 18—21 October United States Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania Delaware Valley Orienteering Club
2014 10—13 October Canada Arnprior, Ontario Orienteering Ottawa
2016 23—25 September United States Hanover, New Hampshire Several
2018 18—21 August Canada Whitehorse and Carcross, Yukon Yukon Orienteering Association
2020 cancelled United States Lake Tahoe, California Bay Area Orienteering Club, Cascade Orienteering Club
2022 cancelled Canada Ottawa, Ontario Orienteering Ottawa
2023 28–31 July United States Lake Tahoe, California Bay Area Orienteering Club, Cascade Orienteering Club
2024 8—11 August Canada Kingston and Ottawa, Ontario Orienteering Ottawa

Winning teams

Year Team
1971 ?
1973 ?
1975 ?
1977 ?
1980 Canada Canada
1982 United States United States
1984 Canada Canada
1986 Canada Canada
1988 Canada Canada
1990 Canada Canada
1992 Canada Canada
1994 Canada Canada
1996 Canada Canada
1998 Canada Canada
2000 Canada Canada
2002 Canada Canada
2004 Canada Canada
2006 Canada Canada
2008 Canada Canada
2010 United States United States
2012 United States United States
2014 Canada Canada
2016 United States United States
2018 United States United States


  1. ^ "Discussion: North American OC chronicle". Attackpoint. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Competition Rules for International Orienteering Federation (IOF) Foot Orienteering Events". International Orienteering Federation. 1 February 2020. Retrieved 28 July 2020.