Fitness Centre

The Confederation College Fitness Centre is a recreational facility that is more three dimensional in nature than other facilities in Thunder Bay and has something for everyone.

Fitness Centre

Women's Change Room Heating (Oct 1/2015)

We have ordered a separate ceiling mounted heater for the women's change room.  Installation is expected by the Thanksgiving weekend.

Wifi (Sept 30/2015)

New College wireless access points are now up and running at the Fitness Centre entrance, and cardio area on the 2nd floor. 

Parking Lot Update (Sept 29/2015)

Regular users of the Fitness Centre will undoubtedly have noticed that our residence partner's construction subcontratctors are still working on site.   They are completing site service utilities work, in addition to a number of landscaping and clean up activities.  The College continues to be committed to the complete repaving of this parking area but these delays, and the general work queue in repaving work in the city is becoming an issue.  Facilities services is working with Campus Development Corp to get this work done, but not at all costs nor at sacrificing quality.  When definitive plans/dates are known they will be posted.

Sept 8/2015 News

Following is a brief update on a number of items of interest specific to our community members.

  1. The Spruce and Cedar residences adjacent to the Bubble are ready for student occupancy, but our construction partners have had difficulty securing a paving contractor to complete the work on the parking lot. We anticipate the parking lot to be completed towards the end of September.

    The most current information will be posted at the check in desk, on our website ( and our Facebook page (
  2. The Fitness Centre is hosting an appreciation BBQ for our community members - Wed Sept 16, 6pm – 8pm at the Fitness Centre. (NOTE: You may have received an email invitiation, that mistakenly had the date as Sept 15). Come meet the staff and have a chance to informally hear about plans for the future Wellness Centre. We want to thank you for your commitment to the facility, participating in our members’ survey, and for your patience during the construction at the adjacent residence buildings and parking lot.

    Please RSVP by Sept 13 in person at the check in desk or electronically at
  3. Thanks for your thoughtful responses to our community members’ survey. Some of you took great efforts in explaining your thoughts and suggestions. It is very much appreciated. It appears that there is much in common between yourselves and our students:
    • a sauna is preferred over a steam room,
    • traditional electrically powered, programmable cardio machines are preferred,
    • a view of the outdoors is preferred by a 2 to 1 margin over TV viewing while exercising.

These factors will be considered by our architects in the design of our new Wellness Centre, in addition to the many other suggestions made.

I also would like to introduce myself – Paul Inkila – as the College administrator now responsible for the Fitness Centre. For those of you who do not know me, I am an avid sportsman, having coached, trained and participated in many sports. Most likely you’ll find me on the local XC ski trails, but I do various other activities through the non-snow months.

I am very much looking forward to accommodating as many of the priorities of both yourselves, and our student population as we transition over the next two years to a new Wellness facility. It is definitely exciting times ahead. See you at the BBQ!


Fitness Centre,
Confederation College
Phone: (807) 475-6398

Fitness Centre - New Hours of Operation

Dear Fitness Centre Members,

Please be advised that after careful consideration, and in response to limited use of the facility at early morning and late night hours, Confederation College will be changing its hours of operation this fall to the following:

?         Monday, Tuesday & Thursday – 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

?         Wednesday – 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

?         Friday – 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

?         Saturday & Sunday – 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The decision to reduce hours was difficult, but necessary. As with many organizations, we continue to face fiscal restraints that impact our operations. With the exception of towel and locker service fees, membership rates have not changed since 2007. With these facts in mind, rather than increase member fees to cover rising costs, it was decided to alter the operating hours. We are confident that all of our options have been properly considered and that our decision will provide the best level of service for our membership.

We always welcome feedback from our members. If you have any comments or questions regarding this decision, please feel free to contact us.

We also want to remind you that we are currently in the design-build stage of developing a new Student Wellness Centre. This process will include a comprehensive review of operations to ensure we maintain quality service for our members. Updates regarding the new facility, and opportunities for you to ask questions and provide feedback, can be found at

Thank you for your continued support.

Fitness Centre,
Confederation College
Phone: (807) 475-6398


Residence Construction Ramps Up

(July, 9 2015) - 

Work continues on the construction of Spruce House and Cedar House - the two new residence units located adjacent to the Fitness Centre bubble...


Although there is still much work to be completed before the opening in September, Brian Freeman (VP Campus Living Centres) advises that the construction of these units is always a "sprint to the finish".  He has confidence that Residence will be ready for occupancy as expected.

On a related note, use of the A lot for parking has been finalized.  This parking location will be repaved and integrated with the roadway to the new residence.  Parking will require use of a red parking pass in September.  The lot will be monitored with regular patrols by our parking enforcement officers.  Red passes will be provided to Fitness Centre community members with 50 spots available and 32 Red passes will be available for sale only to residents of Spruce and Tamarack houses. 

Until further notice, Fitness Centre members must continue to park in the GREEN lots

Thank you

Fitness Centre Staff  


Fitness Centre - Community Member Survey

Greetings Community Member of the College Fitness Centre,

As you are undoubtedly aware, Confederation College has initiated a project to develop a replacement for the obsolescent Fitness Centre and The Bubble. Ongoing operational costs, impending maintenance liabilities, and changing requirements influenced the decision to go ahead.

The redevelopment of the Fitness Centre is one component of the College’s Student Village concept. You have seen the first phase of the Student Village as two new student residences being built adjacent to the Bubble. This second phase is to promote wellness.

The College had broad consultations with stakeholders at the outset of the Student Village project. Subsequently we have had extensive collaboration with our Student Union on the requirements for the new Wellness Centre. We are now turning our attention to you – the community user – to give us feedback on what you want to see in the new facility.

College administration held a community members session earlier this year in February. It was clear that members had a keen interest in providing input. Accordingly we are surveying all community members for their thoughts on the design and requirements of the College Wellness Centre.

The community members survey is available at Please take a few minutes to provide your comments. Although we prefer feedback using the electronic version of the survey available, you can submit a printed survey to the Fitness Centre front desk. Submission will be received until Aug 10, 2015.

As an update to the Wellness Centre project, some key achievements are

  • Issuance of a Design-Build project Request for Proposals to develop a Wellness Centre for the College within a total fixed budget, to be completed for September 2017
  • Award of the RFP competition to Tom Jones Corp. Tom Jones has partnered with FORM Architecture to complete the Design phase of the project.
  • FORM Architecture is currently reviewing various factors to begin design of the facility: connectivity to the Shuniah Bldg., code implications, site services, and the initial functional requirements outlined in the RFP.
  • An initial meeting with FORM, Tom Jones, College staff and other consultants was held to review LEED certification requirements (showing our commitment to sustainability).

Finally, the College appreciates your patience with the construction activity in the Fitness Centre parking area. As the new residence buildings are completed for September, the A Lot parking area will be completely repaved. Parking in the renovated A Lot will be restricted to Fitness Centre community members and at most 32 residents. The area will be under regular parking attendant patrol, and measures are being taken to encourage residents to acquire parking passes in other areas. We do not expect parking to be issue in September.

Thank you again for your support and patience in helping us to shape a facility that suits you,

Fitness Centre,
Confederation College
Phone: (807) 475-6398

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