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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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  1. Nov. 3, 2017University of Waterloo Sport Management CompetitionSport Management Competition

    The first annual University of Waterloo Sport Management Competition will bring together teams of undergraduate students enrolled in sport-related disciplines from across the province as they work together to find solutions to a “real life” managerial issue facing a provincially-based sport organization.

  2. Nov. 25, 2017Waterloo West Neighbourhood Fest young girl hula-hooping

    The sixth Annual Waterloo West Neighbourhood Fest is a free, drop-in event organized and delivered by University of Waterloo students in partnership with the Stork Family YMCA and Harper Library.

  3. Dec. 1, 2017Shaw-Mannell Lecture & Award Presentationreception hall

    In honour of the Department’s 50th Anniversary the Shaw-Mannell Leisure Research Award will be presented to two recipients who have shown innovative, creative, and courageous research.  

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