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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. 9, 2017Waterloo leisure studies ranks among top in world

    WATERLOO, ONT. (Thursday, March 9, 2017)

    The University of Waterloo is one of the best schools in the world for subjects related to Hospitality and Leisure Management, according to new rankings released today.

    The rankings, published by the UK firm Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), place Waterloo 13th in the world — and first in Canada — for Hospitality and Leisure Management Studies.

  2. Feb. 15, 2017Therapeutic Recreation Awareness Month

    Feeling a little stressed this term? Come to the DC 1301 fishbowl Thursday afternoon 2-4pm on February 16, 2017 and find out how therapy dogs can relieve stress and anxiety. Co-sponsored by Therapeutic Recreation Awareness Month and UW Wellness. Self-care packages were also distributed today. Tweet @UWRecandLeisure a picture or comment if you received one.

  3. Nov. 22, 2016Remembering Elliott AvedonElliott Avedon.

    Elliott Avedon, professor of recreation and leisure studies and founder of the University of Waterloo’s Museum and Archive of Games, died on Monday, November 21.

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  1. Apr. 4, 2017Hallman Lecture Fabian FrenzelSlumming It book cover

    Dr. Fabian Frenzel, University of Leicester, is an internationally renowned expert in the study of tourism and urban poverty, and the spaces where these two intersect. 

  2. May 5, 2017Symposium on Aging Research (SoAR) 2017

    With a focus on aging research, Symposium on Aging Research (SoAR) is a one-day meeting for engaging with graduate student research beyond disciplinary and professional boundaries, and across areas of expertise. SoAR encourages graduate students from any discipline to present, dialogue, and learn about current research on processes, experiences, and systems related to aging.

  3. May 23 to 26, 2017Canadian Congress on Leisure Research 15: Engaging Legacies

    University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario is delighted to host the fifteenth Canadian Congress on Leisure Research (CCLR15) on May 23-26, 2017. The conference theme, "Engaging Legacies", looks at co-creating histories of inclusive communities through research, excellence, knowledge translation, innovation and action, as well as creating legacies that are engaging and not soon forgotten. More details available on the official CCLR15 website.

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