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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. 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.

  2. May 11, 2017Department temporarily relocated to Math and Computer building for Spring and Fall 2017

    We've moved!

    Due to extensive renovations on the second floor of B.C. Matthews Hall (BMH), the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies has relocated to the first floor (basement level) of the Mathematics and Computer building (MC).

    Faculty and staff will be located in MC for the Spring and Fall 2017 terms. Please see our Contact's list for individual's room numbers.

  3. 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.

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  1. Feb. 28, 2018Recreation and Leisure Studies Department Return to BMHGrand Opening of Recreation and Leisure Studies Department

  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.

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