Lakehead University offers you two beautiful main campus locations to choose from: Thunder Bay in Northwestern Ontario and Orillia in Central Ontario. Our recent partnership with Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario provides students with other study options as well. Let us tell you a little bit more about our vibrant hometowns:
Located on the north-west 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, this home for 110,000 people is served by major and regional airlines, bus service, and the Trans-Canada Highway.
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Superior By Nature
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. Winter is no time to hibernate in this city! There are two Alpine and two world-class Nordic ski centres in the area, as well as excellent curling and hockey facilities. 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.
The City of Thunder Bay was designated as a Cultural Capital of Canada in 2003. Attractions include 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, 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.
On the Water
Arts and Entertainment
Located on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe, the City of Orillia is situated in one of the most picturesque and tranquil locations in Southern Ontario.
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Sandy beaches, marina, parks, and monuments complement the beautiful waterfront. Residents and visitors enjoy over 9.5 km of paved trails that stretch throughout the city. From biking, rollerblading and cross country skiing to walking and jogging, you can be active for miles.
But recreational opportunities isn't all Orillia can offer you. Enjoy the architectural beauty of the downtown area along with the neat boutiques and dining locations throughout the city. With museums, the opera house, tourist attractions, shopping, and the many festivals hosted in Orillia, you will never be bored in this vibrant city.
The Lakehead-Georgian campus is located in the heart of the City of Barrie, known for its friendly residents, four-season lifestyle, and gorgeous waterfront.
Barrie is a vibrant city with friendly residents and a four-season lifestyle. There’s a gorgeous waterfront on Kempenfelt Bay, nearby trails and ski hills, several shopping malls, a vast assortment of restaurants and great nightlife.
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The City of Barrie is known for its central location and enviable combination of urban sophistication and the great outdoors. Barrie is located just 45 minutes north of Metropolitan Toronto and Pearson International Airport on Hwy 400. Barrie is the gateway to Ontario's North.
Barrie has a booming economy, great job opportunities, and a relatively low cost of living, making it a great place to live, work or start a business.
Barrie offers a wide range of things to do. You will find many options for fine dining and shopping.