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.

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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 may include football, hockey, basketball, soccer, golf, volleyball and track, among others.

Visit Ontario University Athletics for more information about coaches, statistics, sports played at each university, try-out dates and recruiting.

You can also visit U Sports, the national governing body of university sport in Canada. U Sports gives you information 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, volleyball, inner-tube water polo and Ultimate Frisbee. Some universities even have Quidditch teams!

Read more about intramural sports at each university .

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Recreational Activities

Universities also have athletic centres where you can work out. These centres usually provide cardio equipment, weight-lifting platforms and equipment, free weights and skipping ropes. Your university’s gym may offer recreational programs, such as cycling, personal training and Zumba, to help you stay fit during the academic year. These programs may vary in price and availability.

Read more about recreational activities at each university.

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