Visiting Campus & Thunder Bay

Reconnect – and create new memories

No matter what year you graduated, coming back to Thunder Bay will always hold special memories. While it may have changed since you attended, much of the scenic city on the bay remains the same. It's world-class waterfront, downtown entertainment district, and local attractions are sure to fill up your weekend stay in Thunder Bay. Round out your Homecoming Weekend by reconnecting with the campus and city where it all began!

Lakehead's Visitor Information & Maps


Lakehead Clothing and Merchandise

Need a sweater for the hockey game? Pick up some memorabilia? While on campus visit the Campus Bookstore for the latest gear.

Visiting Thunder Bay

There is so much to experience in Thunder Bay!  

Be sure to take some time to view Thunder Bay's Visitor Guide - Thunder Bay Experience. This featured-packed annual magazine is complete with fresh travel ideas, entertaining articles, beautiful photography and useful maps that will help you navigate throughout our beautiful city. This full-colour booklet will inspire you to plan your next trip to an outdoor adventure city that is truly Superior by Nature! 

Order your FREE Thunder Bay Experience Book by emailing You can also preview the Guide by viewing the online version here.

For more information, visit the Thunder Bay Tourism website.


Travel to Thunder Bay

For the convenience of alumni, family and friends considering a weekend trip to Homecoming Weekend, there are a number of airlines to choose from for long-distance travellers.  Consider taking advantage of them!


Westjet is happy to welcome alumni and friends to Homecoming Weekend at Lakehead University!   Please enjoy 5% off Econo* and 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada and 2% off Econo*, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling Trans-border into and out of Quebec City. 

To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount code listed. Please visit to make a booking online. 

Travel from: September 29, 2019 to October 10, 2019

Coupon code:

*Guest web/Travel Agent web


Promo code:

*Travel Agent GDS only




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Porter Airlines is proud to offer a 10% discount on available base fares (with the exceptional of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) for travel to and from Lakehead University's 2019 Alumni Homecoming Weekend.  The discounted fares are available for booking from June 27, 2019 to October 7, 2019 and available for travel:

From: Anywhere in Canada or USTo: Thunder BayFrom: October 01, 2019To: October 5, 2019
From: Thunder BayTo: Anywhere in Canada or USFrom: October 03, 2019To: October 7, 2019

Please book online at or through your travel agent using promo code "ALUM19" 

Porter offers complimentary in-flight snacks and beverages (including beer and wine), Gate Porter service for carry-on and access to the Porter Lounge in Toronto where free Wi-Fi and comforable, leather seating is available. 

(The promo code is intended for use by conference attendees and organizers and is not meant for distribution outside of authorized channels.  Porter's fare rules and conditions apply.  For any questions regarding Porter's services or any pre-travel concerns, contact us at 1-888-619-8622.)


Accommodation in Thunder Bay

There are a number of accommodations in Thunder Bay that fit your needs and budget. Lakehead University – in the centre of it all – is easily accessible to many points throughout the city.


Lakehead alumni, staff, faculty and retirees can save up to 20% at participating hotels. You’ll also be able to connect easily with colleagues and friends using free high-speed Internet, and jump-start your day with free breakfast at most locations.  To book your stay, please visit Lakehead's dedicated booking site (which automatically incorporates your discount) at 

For the most comprehensive list of available accommodation, visit the Thunder Bay Tourism website.


Getting Around

Parking On-Campus

Parking passes are required Monday-Friday 7am-6pm. 

Permits are not required for parking on University property between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturdays, Sundays, or official University holidays.

Daily Parking Passes

  • Each daily pass costs $6.00
  • Valid for short-term use at $1.25 per hour to a daily maximum of $6.00
  • Available from Pay and Display machines located at Balmoral, Fieldhouse and Oliver Road entrances. Place pass on your front window dash in plain sight with the time displayed
  • These passes are good for "G" Lots and Lot 1 Only.
  • Not valid in any R Lots.

City Parking

Downtown Thunder Bay has metered parking on most streets and a mix of parking lots and garages.

Thunder Bay Transit

Thunder Bay Transit provides bus service within the urban area of the City of Thunder Bay. Safe, reliable, economical, and environment-friendly, Transit buses can take you virtually anywhere within the urban area of our city.

For bus schedule and maps, visit Thunder Bay Transit. You can also access the Transit Schedule on your phone using Google Maps.

Car Rental

As alumni of Lakehead University, Enterprise Rent-A-Car offers special rates on car rentals. You can book online via Lakehead's dedicated site at or quote discount code Y10483 over the phone.