Sports and recreation

At Waterloo, whether you’re a beginner or an expert, our two athletic facilities have something for everyone. Between intramurals, fitness classes, varsity athletics, and more, you’re bound to find something you’ll enjoy.

If you're looking for a great way to keep in shape and have fun, sign up for a Warrior Recreation program, attend drop-in fitness classes, or join a varsity team.

Being active is also a great way to make new friends, get involved, and enjoy yourself. You'll have free access to our 2 main athletic facilities as well as gyms and recreational spaces in some residences.

Recreational programs

Warrior Recreation offers many ways for you to stay active as part of a healthy lifestyle. As one of Canada's most diverse campus recreation programs, Waterloo provides approximately 250 programs at a variety of levels. Stay fit with

  • aquatics, ice activities, and racquet sports
  • 2,500 drop-in fitness & wellness classes, including power yoga, cycling, and Pilates
  • dance and martial arts
  • intramurals and tournaments
Students on bikes at spin class.

Physical Activities Complex

The Physical Activities Complex includes full-size gyms, a pool, squash courts, and a high performance training zone featuring free weights, cardio equipment, and more.

An expansion will add a climbing wall overlooking campus and triple the size of the fitness centre.

Sports Management student helping another student with lifting weights.

Columbia Icefield Facility

The Columbia Icefield Facility provides three gyms, fitness studio, hockey and skating arena, ball diamond, disc golf course, three beach volleyball courts, five playing fields, a fitness centre, and is home to Warrior Field.

The CIF Field House features 65,000 square foot of indoor multi-activity turf space.


Varsity sports

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, varsity sports are for you! We have 31 varsity teams in 19 sports ranging from badminton to rugby. Visit for everything you need to know about our Warriors!

Students making a pass off while playing in a varsity football game.

Warrior Field is used for varsity games, Warrior recreation sports, and community groups.

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