Orienteering- a terrific sport.
Happened to notice the previous posts on Orienteering. It is a great sport – it has something for just about every age and level of fitness. There is a great deal of information on the internet to give you a good insight about what is involved in participating.
Canada has a national body called the Canadian Orienteering Federation. They are at http://www.orienteering.ca/
. They can help you get in contact with your nearest club or provincial organization or even help you start a club.
The sport has been around for over 100 years with the first recorded public event taking place in Norway in 1897. National championship in Scandinavian countries can draw in excess of 40,000 competitors.
I can't think of a better way for people to become comfortable with using a topographical map and compass than participating in this sport.