Campus Life & Recreation

Your time spent at CBU isn’t just about what you study, it’s much more than that. It’s about the friendships you make, the adventures you take and the sense of CBU pride you build while earning your degree. Whether you live off campus or on campus, getting involved in CBU’s campus life is an important piece of your university experience.

For a list of upcoming events at CBU, check out our Events Calendar. 

Campus Recreation

Build friendships and enjoy an active lifestyle while celebrating diversity through fun play and competition. The program creates opportunities to improve your physical and mental health but also enhance your social and leadership skills through a wide variety of activities.

So, lace up your sneakers, grab your favourite racket and get involved! Here’s how: 

Sports 4 All & Wellness (Non Competitive)

Don’t have time to join a team or league full-time? Not to worry! Sports 4 All is comprised of an array of different sports and activities including soccer, floor hockey, basketball, pickleball, cricket, badminton and many more. These sports are played in a non-competitive environment and are done on a drop in basis, although some activities will be structured at times.

Intramural Sports Leagues & Tournaments (Competitive)

Is competition your kind of sport? Well, our intramural program is for you! A dedicated and structured league, our intramural program provides an environment of fun, fair play and athletic competition through a variety of sports. Depending on your sport preference you can register as a team or individually. 

Registration to take part in our Intramural Sport Program for Fall 2021 is now open! All students must register through IMLeagues by Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

Team Registration Steps

  1. Find people to create a team with, according to the league requirements;
  2. Appoint one member of the team to be the Team Captain;
  3. Create an account on IMLeagues;
  4. Visit the CBU Campus Rec Intramurals homepage and select the sport of your choice;
  5. Click on the green ‘Register’ button; and,
  6. Click ‘Create Team’ and input your team’s information. All team members must be registered on your team in IMLeagues.

Free Agent Registration Steps

Free Agents are individuals who are interested in participating in intramural sports, but would like to join in on someone else’s team.

  1. Create an account on IMLeagues;
  2. Click on the ‘Register’ tab in the top right corner. A drop down menu will appear;
  3. Click ‘Join as a Free Agent’;
  4. Choose the sport league you’re interested in playing in; and,
  5. Send a request to the Team Captain to join the team.

If the team you requested to join is already full, you will be assigned to another team after registration closes.

Club Sports

Our competitive club sports provide the opportunity to compete in a sport or activity at a level higher than intramural sports. These are voluntary, non-profit, student-led organizations whose members assume club activities and financial responsibilities. Some clubs may also represent the University in sports leagues and tournaments either locally, regionally or provincially. 

Outdoor Recreation

At CBU, we recognize the importance of spending time outdoors and the many benefits it provides for you. Spending time outside offers a great source of physical activity while providing opportunities to meet new friends, develop outdoor leadership skills, and experience the charm of Cape Breton Island. Our campus location provides access to many exciting outdoor activities including; learn to run program, track and field club training, skiing, snowshoeing and much more. 

Aside from physical sport, there are many other ways to get involved in campus recreation at CBU to enhance your university experience. Our Boardmore Theatre is home to the performing arts which presents an annual season of plays and festivals. The CBU Art Gallery is a hub of visual arts activity and education on Cape Breton Island. And, don’t forget about the Beaton Institute, the official repository and cultural heritage archive for Cape Breton Island historical records.

Creative Arts

Interested in flexing your creative muscles while attending CBU? Creative Arts at CBU provides great opportunities for you to stretch your artistic talents while making new and long lasting friendships. Creative Arts at CBU has something for everyone – from Improv to Podcasts – no experience necessary.

Spontaneous Creation

Regularly scheduled drop-in sessions where you can try out Improv, Visual Art, Music, Writing and Podcasts. Come by any time, no long term commitment required. You can view our available sessions by visiting the events calendar.

Rehearsed and Practiced

If you are interested in being part of a team or group who meet to rehearse and practice on a regular basis throughout the year, this is the place for you. Join an improv team or dance team, be part of the cast of one of the many productions at the Boardmore Playhouse, or check out the creative writing group or podcast team. For more information on any of these options, contact


After all your creative work in the rehearsal process, you can showcase your projects on stage at the Boardmore’s Annual Season of Plays, or at the Art Gallery’s Annual Proletariart exhibit. How about a full broadcast of your very own Podcast series, or a term-ending Theatre Sports competition? Are you a singer or musician? Wow an audience at Ovation, CBU’s Annual Creative Arts Festival.

For a full list of fun, check out our events calendar here!

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