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.

Tourism Thunder Bay operates two Information Centres for the convenience of the travelling public: The Terry Fox Tourist Information Centre as you enter Thunder Bay from the east on Highway 11/17, and the Pagoda by the Thunder Bay's waterfront at Red River Road and Water Street. They are open daily over the summer season to answer all your questions about what to see and do or where to stay or dine – all the local information you need to help make your stay an enjoyable one.

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!

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For Lakehead University’s Annual Homecoming Weekend, we are able to offer 10% off all fares* for travel** between Thunder Bay or Toronto and anywhere WestJet flies in North America.). To take advantage of this offer, you will need the discount code listed. Please visit to make a booking online.

Travel from: September 13 – 30, 2018

Coupon code:


Promo code:

*Travel Agent use only





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Porter Airlines is proud to offer a 10% discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) for travel to and from Alumni Homecoming Weekend. The discounted fares are available for booking from August 16, 2018 to September 26, 2018 and available for travel:

Location:                                                               Dates of Travel:

From: Anywhere in Canada or US

To: Thunder Bay

From: 17/09/2018

To: 23/09/2018

From: Thunder Bay

To: Anywhere in Canada or US

From: 20/09/2018

To: 26/09/2018


Please book online at or through your travel agent using promo code “ALUMNI”.


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 Residence (Dormitory-style rooms)

Rooms are divided into furnished single and basic single rooms, located on the third floor of Kenora House. The house will have separate male and female wash rooms, and access to a coin-operated laundry facility in the building. All bedrooms have a telephone, internet access, linen, pillow, towel, face cloth, bar of soap, plastic cup, a snack sized refrigerator, desk and desk chair, TV, bookcase, bulletin board, closet with dresser and clothes bar/clothes hangars. There is internet service through an ethernet cable which you can plug your computer into the phone cord as well as Wi-Fi and the password can be accessed at the Bartley Front Desk. There is also a small kitchenette on the floor with a microwave, coffee maker and kettle.

Kenora House Rates:

Basic Single Dorm Room:
$40 per night  ~ Special Homecoming Rate $35.00/Night

Single Dorm Room (Double Bed):
$55 per night  ~ Special Homecoming Rate $35.00/Night

Premium Single Dorm (Double Bed):
$65 per night  ~ Special Homecoming Rate $35.00/Night

Email to reserve your space.



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

 Towneplace Suites logo

TownePlace Suites by Marriott®, the newest Marriott in Thunder Bay, conveniently located on Harbour Expressway just off the Trans-Canada highway. TownePlace Suites by Marriott® Thunder Bay is an all-suites hotel, perfect for an extended stay. Relax and feel at home in one of our suites with a fully equipped kitchen, well designed desk and work area complete with complimentary high-speed Internet access and daily Hot breakfast. 

Guests travelling to Thunder Bay for Homecoming Weekend 2018 can enjoy a daily rate of $149/night (a $50 discount) at TownePlace Suites by Marriott® by calling 1-807-346-9000.


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. You can be purchased through the Conference Services Office for $4.00 per pass per day. Parking passes can also be purchased through any parking kiosks for $6.00 per day. 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.

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 Rentals

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.