Information for

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. Mar. 1, 2018Waterloo leisure studies ranks first in Canada

    The University of Waterloo continues to be one of the best schools in Canada and in the world for subjects related to hospitality and leisure management, according to new rankings released yesterday. 

    The rankings, published by the UK firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), place Waterloo first in Canada for the second consecutive year that the subject area has been assessed, and within the top 20 in the world for Hospitality and Leisure Management. 

  2. Feb. 5, 2018Therapeutic Recreation Awareness Month 2018

    Therapeutic Recreation is highlighted the week of February 5-9, 2018 in the AHS atrium as part of Therapeutic Recreation Awareness Month. Learn about TR, contribute to "What's your leisure?", receive a free wellness bag on Monday. Tuesday's focus is social wellness with conversation cards and "joke of the day". Wednesday highlights mental health and wellness with art activities and word puzzles. Thursday brings physical wellness activities with jumbo Connect 4 and Jenga games.

  3. Sep. 25, 2017Real cost of mega-sporting events much higher than people thinkBeijing National Stadium

    The real cost of the Olympics and other mega-sporting events is much higher than host bids would have us believe, according to a new study exploring the impacts of the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. That’s because it takes additional investments to keep newly built venues in use after the event.

Read all news
  1. Apr. 25, 2018Symposium on Aging Research (SoAR) 2018

    SoAR is a one-day event for graduate students to present on and dialogue about aging research with fellow students, faculty and research partners!

  2. Apr. 26 to 27, 2018Graduate Leisure Research SymposiumGraduate Association of Recreation and Leisure Studies logo

    Formed as a chance for graduate students in the wide-ranging fields of recreation, leisure, tourism studies and therapeutic recreation to come together and share research and ideas, the Graduate Leisure Research Symposium is a forum to present to peers and faculty in a low-stress and supportive environment.

All upcoming events