The University, through its Faculty of Kinesiology, provides opportunities for participation in a wide variety of recreational and competitive varsity athletic activities. The offices of the Faculty, together with classrooms and laboratories are located in the Lady Beaverbrook Gymnasium. Other features of this building include two gymnasium floors (one with spectator accommodation for 1,200), the Sir Max Aitken Pool (500 spectators), four squash/handball courts, a dance studio, conditioning room, and equipment issue rooms.

The Education Gym contains a full gymnasium plus facilities for gymnastics and the martial arts. There are playing fields adjacent to both gyms and to the Aitken University Centre, as well as a fourth field and running track situated on the lower campus.

The Aitken University Centre is the home of the UNB Varsity Reds and the administrative offices for this athletics program are located there. The building is widely used by the University and includes classroom and training room facilities, noon hour skating, as well as an indoor walking/jogging area.

Thus, with the facilities of three gymnasia, one swimming pool, four playing fields, an arena, and specialty rooms, supplemented by changing facilities and a program that ranges from highly organized intercollegiate competition to casual recreational play, UNB is able to provide sport and recreational activities for all members of the University community.

The Varsity Reds Athletic Program competes in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Conference and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) in the sports of Men's and Women's Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Wrestling, Swimming, Hockey and Cross-Country.