Athletics and Recreation

Universities offer you a range of options to stay active. You can represent your university as a varsity athlete, competing against other Ontario universities in a variety of sports, or stay active by participating in recreational sports and activities on campus.

This section provides information about varsity sports, intramural sports and recreational activities offered at Ontario universities.

Visit the OUIndigenous University page to check out athletics and recreation activities that are available at each university.

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Varsity Sports

Varsity sports are the athletic teams and athletes who officially represent your university in competitions against other universities.

Varsity sports include:

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Read more about coaches, statistics, sports played at each university, try-out dates and recruiting.

Read more about national university sports rankings and sporting events across Canada.

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Intramural Sports

Intramural sports are non-competitive sports and activities at universities that give everyone a chance to play in a fun environment. You can usually choose from a wide range of sports, including:

  • Basketball
  • Inner-tube water polo
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

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Recreational Activities

Universities also have athletic centres where you can work out. These centres usually provide:

  • Cardio equipment
  • Free weights
  • Skipping ropes
  • Weight-lifting platforms and equipment

Your university’s gym may offer recreational programs to help you stay fit during the academic year, including:

  • Cycling
  • Personal training
  • Zumba

These programs may vary in price and availability.

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