ORCA was formed when it was identified by various outdoor groups that an advocacy organization was desperately needed to act as a unified voice for plans that were proposed by the government that would impact the outdoor community within Alberta.
The outdoor recreational activities ORCA represents include a broad range of activities that range from urban to the backcountry. Many of these activities are most commonly enjoyed by individuals, families and small groups in an unstructured manner. This does not naturally encourage the development of strong organizational structures. As a result, it is often difficult to obtain input from most outdoor recreation families and communities on issues that impact them.