Athletics & Recreation

Athletics and recreation are an integral part of the university experience that is vital to your educational growth and advancement.

Lakehead promotes a healthy and active campus lifestyle while providing you with the opportunity to foster friendships, goodwill and overall fitness at both of our campuses. Whether you choose to join a team, or you just want to get active for the health of it, you'll find what you're looking for. Lakehead offers a variety of competitive men's and women's varsity and club level sports teams, intramurals and ways to get active just for the fun of it.

Lakehead Thunderwolves

Join in the howl as you cheer on your Lakehead Thunderwolves to victory during home venue games. With an unyielding student body and dedicated community following, every action-packed game is full of excitement that you won't want to miss!

If you want to put your skills to the test, check out our varsity teams, along with club teams and intramurals available at: Lakehead Thunder Bay and Lakehead Orillia.

Thunder Bay Campus Facilities

You will enjoy extensive on-campus fitness facilities at the C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse, The Hangar and the newly-opened Wolf Den. The C.J. Sanders Fieldhouse features the 15,000-square-foot Thunderdome gymnasium, weight room, a newly-renovated 50-metre eight-lane swimming pool, cardio room, outdoor sports fields, beach volleyball courts, Kinesiology labs, and change rooms complete with saunas.

Lakehead's 50,000-square-foot indoor student athletic facility, The Hangar, features a 200-metre track, pro-grade artificial turf field, aerobics studio, and a weight training and cardio area. 

Our newest athletics facility, the Wolf Den, opened in 2021. This 30,000 square foot facility houses a new gymnasium, and a bright and spacious weight room and a cardio loft. The new addition serves as the main entrance to the Athletics Centre where students and members are able to check-in at our front desk. The entrance of the Wolf Den provides accessible entrances to the rest of the facilities. Campus Recreation and Club sports offices are also housed here.

Orillia Campus Facilities

As a Lakehead Orillia student, you have access to the on campus fitness room, conveniently located on the first floor of the residence building. This space features a selection of cardio equipment, a weight stack machine, free weights and yoga mats for your fitness needs and goals. Students also have access to a community fitness membership in Orillia. 

The Thunderwolves Icefield is a 40 x 80 natural outdoor rink, located on campus and open for student skating use during the winter months. The space is also used for a variety of intramurals and events during the fall term.