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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. Nov. 3, 20172018 Disney Exchange Experience Information SessionUniversity of Florida and Walt Disney World logos

    The Disney Exchange Experience is an annual international experience for Recreation and Leisure Studies to study at the University of Florida and complete a 6-month work term with the Walt Disney Company at Walt Disney World.

  2. Nov. 3, 2017University of Waterloo Sport Management CompetitionCase Competition Logo over image of PAC gym

    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.

  3. 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.

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