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The Graduate Association of Recreation and Leisure Studies (GARLS) was founded at the University of Waterloo in 1992 by a group of passionate and dedicated graduate students in the fields of recreation and leisure studies, therapeutic recreation, and parks, policy and tourism studies. More than twenty years later, we strive to continue down new paths with the same curiosity as those students.

The association organizes numerous workshops events including the annual Graduate Leisure Research Symposium.