Lakehead University students learning about fat biking in NW Ontario and NE Minnesota

Group photos of students with a fat bike in the snow.Back row, from left to right, Cameron Gillis, Stéphane Garrigan, Rod Swatton, Glen Quinn, Daniel Wakeling, Aidan O’Sullivan. Front row: Martha Stanley, Peter Moule. These students will do research into fat biking.

February 7, 2019 – Thunder Bay, ON

This winter, seven undergraduate students and instructors from the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism at Lakehead University are exploring how people use fat bikes in recreational and sporting activities throughout Northwestern Ontario and Northeastern Minnesota. 

As one of the first post-secondary courses to be offered on fat biking, Topics in Outdoor Recreation – Fat Bikes: Big Tires – Big Aspirations provides a unique experiential opportunity for students to acquire fat biking skills while also conducting interviews with managers, shop owners and fat bikers throughout Northwestern Ontario and Northeastern Minnesota.

Researchers will publish the findings from these interviews in reports and publications, and present them at local and regional workshops and conferences.

Anyone interested in learning more about this research project is encouraged to contact Dr. Harvey Lemelin in the School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism at, or 807-343-8745.



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