Lakehead University - 50th Anniversary

Homecoming - Thunder Bay

Presented by the City of Thunder Bay October 2nd - 4th, 2015

Homecoming - Thunder Bay


Purchase Gala tickets and register for events online. Take advantage of Homecoming group rates for tickets to varsity games. This special pricing is available online only. Hockey tickets must be purchased one week prior to game day. Basketball tickets must be purchased 48 hours prior to game time. 

Please note, our Thunder Bay Homecoming Gala is now SOLD OUT! 

Click here to REGISTER & Purchase Tickets


Please check back regularly as more events will be added to our schedule, including speaker series, open labs, and family-friendly programing.

If you are interested in joining your old teammates and participating in the Zanatta Alumni Games, please email

Homecoming officially begins Friday, October 2, 2015. Visit the Athletics’ website for the October 1, 2015 schedule which includes the Pre-Game Meet and Greet and the Women’s and Men’s Varsity Basketball games.

Friday, October 2

  • 9am-4pm: Free admission to Fitness Centre (Fieldhouse); Free admission to Pool: 12-1:30pm and 2:30-4pm.
  • 10am-1pm: 50th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend Registration (Agora)
  • 11 am: Campus Tour - Check in at the Agora 
  • 10am-3 pm: NOSM Open House: featuring floor tours, hands-on activities, simulation labs (6th Floor ATAC)
  • 11am-1pm: Zanatta Alumni Games: Women’s Volleyball (Fieldhouse
  • 1pm: Campus Tour - Check in at the Agora 
  • 1-2:30pm: Zanatta Alumni Games: Women’s Basketball (Fieldhouse)
  • 1:30pm: NOSM Film "The Rural Challenge”  by Hoi Cheu  (AT 6022)
  • 2-4pm: Zanatta Alumni Games:Wrestling (Hangar)
  • 2:30-4pm: Zanatta Alumni Games: Men’s Basketball (Fieldhouse)
  • 4-6pm: School of Kinesiology Open House (SB 1028)
  • 4-8pm: Outdoor Rec: Bonfire and Family Friendly Activities (Lake Tamblyn)
  • 5-6pm: Meet and Greet at the Hangar, hosted by Stu Julius (Pre-Game)
  • 5-6pm: Meet and Greet at Fort William Gardens hosted by ’66-’67 & ’72-‘73 Hockey Teams
  • 5-7:30pm: Faculty of Education: BBQ with entertainment by the Grumpy Grandpas (Bora Laskin)
  • 6-8pm: Women’s Varsity Basketball Game vs University of Winnipeg (Fieldhouse)
  • 6-8pm: 50th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend Registration (The Outpost)
  • 6-8pm: 1960's Reunion: The Class of 1965 is hosting a reunion of students, faculty and staff at Lakehead University during the 1960's. Reunite with old friends and colleagues and celebrate the spirit of the '60s! Cost to attend is $5.00 per person. Guests will enjoy complimentary appetizers and a cash bar, as well as entrance to the '60s Party later in the evening.This event is by registration only.
  • 6:45pm: Wall of Fame Inductees introduced at Hockey Game (Fort William Gardens)
  • 7-9pm: Men’s Varsity Hockey vs Laurentian University (Fort William Gardens)
  • 7-10:30pm: Philosophy Reunion (The Embassy - Finlandia Club) FREE Admission. All past and present Philosophy students welcome! For more information click here.
  • 7:45pm: Meet and Greet at the Hangar, hosted by Heckler’s Row Alumni
  • 8-10pm: Men’s Varsity Basketball Game vs University of Winnipeg   (Fieldhouse)
  • 8pm-1am: Celebrate Homecoming at The Outpost Pub – '60s Party, featuring The Sensational Hot Rods. $5 cover charge at the door. The first 300 people to arrive will receive a FREE Steam Whistle pint glass!  Please note that this event is 19+ and we will not be selling advanced tickets.

Saturday, October 3

  • 9am-1pm:  50th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend Registration (Agora)
  • 9am-3pm: Open House in the Agora – Reconnect with your old faculty, department and campus services. Find out about events happening in each faculty and throughout campus.
  • 9am-5pm: Geology Field Trip (departs Agora Circle at 9 am). 
    Geology and other interested alumni are invited to join the first-year geology class for a field trip to look at Archean igneous and metamorphic rock and Pleistocene glacial deposits north of Thunder Bay. (Bring a lunch and dress weather appropriately, including appropriate footwear). Interested participants should contact Dr. Mary Louise Hill by email at by Friday, October 2. 
  • 9am-3pm: Free Admission to Fitness Center (Fieldhouse); Free admission to pool from 1-2:30pm 
  • 9am-3pm: NOSM Open House: Lab tours, Simulation labs, hands-on activities (NOSM Building)
  • 9:30am-12pm: Superior Science Kids' Camp presents "Jitterbugs" (for kids aged 6-11). Spend the morning exploring science from a kid's point of view (having fun!) while parents tour the Science and Environmental Studies Faculty. This is a FREE event for children of alumni (aged 6-11). Pre-registration is required. Click here for more information and registration details. 
  • 11am: Campus Tour - Check in at the Agora
  • 11am: Speaker Series: "Fire Home Safety: Basic Knowledge Saves Lives" Dr. Sam Salem, Engineering (AT1003)
  • 12-3pm: Bora Laskin Faculty of Law tours (PACI - Bora Laskin Faculty of Law)
  • 12-1pm: Engineering Alumni & Guest Luncheon. Check-in at the Engineering Booth in the Agora (The Study Coffeehouse)
  • 12-1:30pm: Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies Lunch  - Local Motion Food Truck (Agora Circle - Beside Braun Building)
  • 1 pm: Campus Tour - Check in at the Agora 
  • 1pm: Speaker Series: Lakehead University’s 50 Years - Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu, History (AT 1001)
  • 1-4pm: "Welcome Back to Nursing" Open House (SN1021 Nursing Lab). 
  • 1:30 pm:  NOSM Film "The Rural Challenge”  by Hoi Cheu  (MSW 1011)
  • 2pm: Speaker Series: "Aboriginal Initiatives Milestones" - Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Aboriginal Initiatives (AT 1003)
  • 1:45pm: Athletics Wall of Fame Inductees to be honoured pre-game (Fort William Gardens)
  • 2-4pm: Men’s Varsity Hockey Game vs Laurentian University (Fort William Gardens)
  • 5-7pm: Athletics Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Cocktail Reception (Hangar)
  • 7pm-1am: Homecoming Gala Dinner and Dance with entertainment by Viva (Fieldhouse Gymnasium). All proceeds from this event will go towards student financial aid. Sponsored by Tbaytel. This event is SOLD OUT!  Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets!  

Sunday, October 4

  • 9am-4pm: Free Admission to Fitness Centre (Fieldhouse); Free admission to pool: 1-2:30pm 
  • 10am-12pm: Farewell Brunch (10:30am- Closing Remarks: Dr. Brian Stevenson) (Main Cafeteria)
  • 1-3pm: Social Studies and Humanities Mixer (Music and Visual Arts Building)
  • 2-4pm: Department of History Open House and Awards Reception (The Study)

Athletics events are in RED
Academic/Social Events in BLUE



Porter Airlines is proud to offer a 15% discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) for travel to and from Lakehead University’s Homecoming Weekend.

Location:                                                        Dates of Travel:

From: Anywhere in Canada or US

To: Thunder Bay

From: Monday, September 28, 2015

To: Sunday, October 4, 2015

From: Thunder Bay

To: Anywhere in Canada or US

From: Friday, October 2, 2015

To: Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Please book online at or through your travel agent using promo code LAKE50.

Porter Airlines offers complimentary in-flight snacks and beverages (including beer and wine), GatePorter service for carry-on and access to the Porter Lounge in Toronto and Ottawa, where free Wi-Fi and comfortable, leather seating is available.

The promo code is intended for use by conference attendees and organizers and is not meant for distribution outside of authorized channels. Porter’s fare rules and conditions apply. For any questions regarding Porter’s services or any pre-travel concerns, contact us at 1-888-619-8622.



To make travelling to Thunder Bay easier for Alumni and friends, a block of hotel rooms have been reserved at special rates for you to take advantage of. Please see below for a list of hotels and rates.  Rooms must be booked by Tuesday, September 1, 2015 to ensure you receive the special rate.


Phone #

Rate (per night)


When booking,

ask for:

Days Inn

645 Sibley Drive

(807) 622-3297



Lakehead University  Homecoming Rate

Days Inn

1250 Golf Links Rd.

(807) 344-3297



Lakehead University  Homecoming Rate

Valhalla Inn

 1 Valhalla Inn Road

(807) 577-1121



Lakehead University  Homecoming Rate

Victoria Inn

555 Arthur Street West

(807) 577-8481



Lakehead University  Homecoming Reservation

Lakehead University Residence




Lakehead University  Homecoming Rate

Marriot  TownePlace Suites

550 Harbour Expressway

(807) 346-9000



“LHUC” for special rate


Discount for Car RentalS

We've teamed up with Budget to offer those returning to Thunder Bay a 10% discount on the best available rate for car rentals.
Simply enter Offer Code (BCD) A178300 when booking online at
Featured Sponsors
Blaze SponsorsA supporter who donated $25,000 or more to the 50th celebration.
Alumni Association of Lakehead University The Alumni Association of Lakehead University is committed to keeping our alumni informed, involved and invested in the alumni community.
Cobalt SponsorsA supporter who donated $10,000 or more to the 50th celebration.

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