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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. Nov. 23, 2018Hands-on learning means family event for Waterloo communityTwo children colouring happily at a table

    Nothing beats organizing a day-long community event for young families at a busy location when it comes to experiential education.

  2. Nov. 21, 2018New resource on qualitative inquiryLisbeth Berbary

    When embarking on qualitative inquiry, there are a range of research components to consider, including traditional and creative representations, says Professor Lisbeth Berbary from the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.

  3. Sep. 11, 2018IN THE MEDIA: Alumna Allison Holmes on tourism in the NWTAllison Holmes in front of a wooded lake

    Tourist behaviour has often been a bone of contention for local residents around the world. Such was the case in the Northwest Territories recently, when five kayakers went over Alexandra Falls. The stunt was not only dangerous and costly, with two of the kayakers getting hurt and having to be rescued, but it also disrespected sacred land, say the traditional Dene land users.

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