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.
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.
- May 11, 2017
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.
- Mar. 9, 2017
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.
- Feb. 15, 2017
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.
- May 23 to 26, 2017
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.