Enhancing the quality of individual and collective lives

From visionary beginnings in 1968 and buoyed by a consistent record of innovation, the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies has long enjoyed a reputation for excellence placing it among world leaders in the field.

The University of Waterloo offered one of the first undergraduate degree programs in recreation and leisure studies including the first co-operative education program, as well as the first MA and PhD programs in recreation and leisure studies in Canada.

Our students are mentored by leading experts and have the opportunity to apply theory to practice as they are introduced to the study of recreation and leisure as a phenomena as well as the planning, delivery and evaluation of recreation and leisure services.

Woman curling at community rink.Through focus on community, environment, health and well-being, identity and diversity, and service and policy, our research strives to critically evaluate leisure in its diverse forms with a goal of enhancing quality of individual and collective lives.

  1. Oct. 1, 2019Two graduate students receive Mitacs Globalink research abroad awards

    Congratulations to PhD student Haley Baxter and MA student Jordana Milne who received Mitacs Globalink Research Awards. The $6,000 award provides opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdorctoral fellows at Canadian universities to build international research networks and undertake research for 12-24 weeks at a university abroad.

  2. Apr. 26, 2019Experiential learning grants received

    Three faculty members who recently participated in the Waterloo ExL Institute - an intensive two-day retreat focused on the integration of experiential learning into courses and programs - received grants of up to $5,500 to assist with the implementation of experiential learning into their upcoming courses.

  3. Apr. 12, 2019Voucher programs can help leverage participation in new sport opportunities
    Wide angle view of Milton velodrome

    Cities that want to get the best use of sport facilities built to host novel events might want to give out vouchers for free trials to spectators.

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  1. Oct. 25, 2019Applied Health Sciences Convocation - Fall 2019
    University mace carried at convocation.

    Convocation is a special time for our graduates to celebrate their achievements with family and friends.

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