Our Two Hometowns

Whether you want to stay a little closer to home or venture a bit further away, Lakehead offers you two exceptional campus locations in Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ontario. 

City of Thunder Bay

Located on the northwest shore of Lake Superior, the City of Thunder Bay is built around the harbour of the largest inland port in Canada. Under the watchful gaze of the majestic Sleeping Giant, Thunder Bay is home to over 110,000 people. As the metropolitan hub for Northwestern Ontario, Thunder Bay is easy to get to from any location. Not only are we served by major and regional airlines like WestJet, Air Canada and Porter, but we are also directly on the Trans-Canada Highway.

Year-round, Thunder Bay acts as the centre of a vast recreational and cultural area offering access to a wide variety of sports and activities. With two Alpine and two world-class Nordic ski centres in the area, as well as excellent curling and hockey facilities, and endless outdoor activities like fat biking, ice climbing, dogsledding and ice fishing, winter is no time to hibernate in Thunder Bay. Summer activities include sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, rock climbing, swimming, jogging, cycling, camping, fishing, hiking and golf which abound in and around numerous lakes in the area. Thunder Bay's famed Sleeping Giant was voted #1, the People's Choice in the Seven Wonders of Canada contest.

Designated as the Cultural Capital of Canada, the City of Thunder Bay is home to Fort William Historical Park, a 1,500 seat state-of-the-art Community Auditorium, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, the professional live Magnus Theatre, lots of community theatre, the annual Blues Festival, indoor concerts in some of Thunder Bay’s greatest venues year round and live outdoor concerts and movies at the waterfront during the summer, and much more!

In addition, a wide variety of excellent shopping opportunities exist, and no matter your taste, the choice is yours between a mix of traditional and fine dining experiences. The food scene in Thunder Bay continues to grow and is second to none!

Thunder Bay also provides you with so much more. From places of worship to cultural centres, schools, daycares, hospitals and clinics, you will find everything you need close to campus. 

Must Try Places to Eat
: Persian Man for a Persian (Thunder Bay delicacy), Madhouse, The Foundry, Sovereign Room, The Growing Season, Thai Kitchen, Outlaws, Rebel Salad

Must See Sights: Fort William Historical Park, Kakabeka Falls, Ouimet Canyon, Sleeping Giant, The Marina Waterfront, Mount McKay

Must Try Outside: Fat Biking at Centennial Park, Ice Fishing, Lake Superior by Sailboat

Best Shopping Spots: Bay Street, Downtown, Intercity Shopping Centre, Thunder Centre


City of Orillia

Located just north of ordinary, the City of Orillia is situated in one of the most unique and picturesque regions in Central Ontario. Bordered by two lakes, Orillia is surrounded by diverse communities, rural landscapes and unspoiled, breathtaking views making it the best place to experience four-season living, and providing an amazing home for Lakehead University. 

We’ve got arts, music, theatre, festivals, sports, beaches, skiing, pubs and restaurants, all within an hour from Toronto and 30 minutes from Barrie. Catch a great concert at Casino Rama, a local band at one of the restaurants in the downtown core, or a music festival at Burl’s Creek. 

Minutes from campus is the largest growth area of Orillia in West Ridge. New restaurants, shops and businesses offer new possibilities, part-time employment, and shopping.

Love the outdoors? Our campus is surrounded by some of the best recreational trails for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Sandy beaches and parks complement the waterfront, which offers some of the best boating and water sports.

Within 30 minutes of campus you’ll find three ski and snowboard hills, dozens of golf courses, unique dining and shopping opportunities, and a number of incredible breweries and distilleries.

Orillia also provides you with so much more. From places of worship to cultural centres and a hospital, you will find everything you need close to campus.


Must try places to eat: 125 Breakfast Club, Mariposa Market, Shine, Rustica, The Shack Eatery, Bounty Fish and Chips, Thai Plate, Kenzington Burger Bar, Cosmo’s Ristorante, Sushi Wadasi

Must see sights: Leacock Museum National Historical Site; Orillia Museum of Art and History; Scout’s Valley; Couchiching Beach Park and Tudhope Park; Mnjikaning Fishing Weirs

Must try outside: Treetop trekking at Horseshoe Resort; stand-up-paddleboard (SUP) yoga on Lake Couchiching; Mariposa Folk Festival; moonlight snowshoeing through the Copeland Forest; Shaw’s Maple Syrup Farm; Island Princess tour; skiing and biking at Hardwood Hills

Best shopping spots: Downtown, West Ridge Shopping District, Orillia Square Mall