Answered By: Jan Uhde
Last Updated: Apr 07, 2017     Views: 31

If you're looking for a great way to keep in shape and have fun, join a Warrior recreation program or a varsity team. It's also a great way to make new friends, get involved on campus, and simply enjoy yourself.


Waterloo's main athletic centres are the Physical Activities Complex (PAC) and Columbia Icefield (CIF).

The Columbia Icefield arena was recently renovated with new boards, glass, and ice along with refurbished dressing rooms and flooring. The new look makes it a more enjoyable experience for recreation participants and for fans watching Warrior hockey games.

A new expansion of the Physical Activities Complex/Student Life Centre will enhance social, study, dining, and recreation space at the heart of campus with a 63,000-square foot expansion. The new space includes a climbing wall overlooking campus and will triple the size of the fitness centre.

Facilities include:

  • 5 full-size gymnasiums
  • Swimming pool with diving area
  • Weight rooms
  • Warrior High Performance Training Zone
  • Squash courts
  • Fitness centre and studios

Recreational sports

Warrior Recreation seeks to meet the needs and interests of students who want to stay active as part of a healthy lifestyle.

As one of Canada's most diverse campus recreation programs with approximately 250 programs, Waterloo provides recreational opportunities for all individuals at a variety of levels.

Activities include:

  • Aquatics, ice activities, and racquet sports
  • Fitness, strength and conditioning
  • Dance and martial arts
  • Intramurals and tournaments

Waterloo offers 2,500 drop-in fitness & wellness classes per year taught by certified instructors. Classes include power yoga, cycling, and Pilates, and are suitable for everyone!

To make it easy for you to stay active and join the classes you want, shoe tags provide flexibility with unlimited access to drop-in fitness & wellness classes.

Varsity sports

Varsity sports are ideal if you're looking for a highly competitive team that plays against other universities, and you're willing to volunteer significant time to training and competition.

With many competitive varsity teams (men's and women's) in 19 sports, we have 32 varsity teams that you can choose from ranging from cheerleading to Nordic skiing.

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