Organizer: Kara Turner (Event Director)

Update April 25: Due to a sudden uptick in COVID cases in Nova Scotia and uncertainty over additional restrictions in the near future, the organizer has decided to postpone this event until travel restrictions have been lifted. We will monitor current public health requirements and update this page with the new date (hopefully later in May or early June.)

Update April 21: Intermediate course added to the course options!


This is a traditional point to point orienteering event, with two courses on offer:

1) A beginner course for those interested in trying orienteering (around 1.5 km) sticking to trails.

2) A short advanced course for the more experienced orienteers (between 4-5 km) through open, mostly runnable woodland with a dense trail network. The course includes some controls in the town of Mahone Bay but is mostly in the woods.

In addition to these, for those looking for a little more adventure, there's a duathlon course that adds on a bike ride and sprint-O course around Lunenburg after the short advanced course:

3) A duathlon (run-bike-run). This course comprises the short advanced course followed by a timed 10km bike ride along the Bay to Bay Trail to Lunenburg, followed by a sprint orienteering course (2.5 km on foot) around the town of Lunenburg. (This course starts in Mahone Bay and ends in Lunenburg. Riders will need to ride their bikes back along the trail in their own time after they've finished. Bikes are available to rent from Sweet Ride Cycling in Mahone Bay for a fee.) There will be someone looking after the bikes at both ends of the trail.

There is no map of the Bay to Bay trail to Lunenburg, but the start/finish are both on or very close to the trail which is a more or less flat route along a former railway line.


Participants are required to read and comply with all COVID-related guidelines below.

You must have a 2021 OANS waiver and membership form on file to participate in this event (if you have already completed these forms in 2021, there is no need to do another one). These can be filled out online here REGISTRATION AND WAIVER .

Please register for your course (on the right hand side of this page or via email to before the end of day on April 28, 2021.

On the day of the event, please complete the COVID HEALTH DECLARATION. Please do not come to the event if you have travelled outside of the province in the previous 14 days or have any COVID symptoms.

Visit the Orienteering Nova Scotia website or for the most up-to-date information on COVID protocols before completing your event(s).


Parking is in the gravel parking lot adjacent to the tennis courts in Mahone Bay (entry from Hawthorn Road). There are no washrooms available. (The closest public washrooms are on Edgewater St.)


The parking and registration are at the gravel parking lot adjacent to the tennis courts in Mahone Bay (on Hawthorn Road).

The registration table will be open from 9:30am. Start is at 10:00 am or thereabouts.

Courses close at 12:00 in Mahone Bay and 2pm in Lunenburg for the duathlon competitors. Please check in at the finish even if you don't complete the course.

A compass and safety whistle (extras available at the start) are required. A watch is recommended. You will be given a map with your course marked on it at the start.


The following are the fees for this event (pre-registered):

Senior: (age 21 and above) $10

Junior: (age 20 and under) $5

Maximum fee per family unit: $25

Organized Group (e.g. scouts, guides, cadets, etc.: $5 per person

SI (timing device) rental: $3 per unit

Payment can be made by e-transfer to . Please put your name and the event name/date in the message box. No password is required.

There will also be a fee box for cash or cheques on the day (no change available). Please place your money in the box before you start.


For emergencies please contact 911. For non-emergency event issues please call Kara Turner 902-980-0131.

Here are some photos of the Bay to Bay Trail and the woods in Mahone Bay:


Course Maps

No course maps posted yet.


Photos are from Flickr. To add your photos to this section, tag your Flickr photos with: whyjustrun4412 (all one word)