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. Jan. 21, 2019Andrew MacDonald receives top student research posterAndrew MacDonald speaking with Elizabeth Dowdeswell

    Andrew MacDonald earned the Top Student Research Poster at the 2018 Latornell Conservation Symposium in Alliston Ontario for his poster presentation title, "Fostering environmentally informed visitors through smartphones in Ontario's protected areas."* The Latornell Conservation Symposium is one of Ontario's premier annual environmental events and aims to address challenges and opportunities that Ontario's conservation field faces.

    The networking and opportunities to share my research were far greater than I had hoped.

  2. Jan. 4, 2019Rebecca Koroll receives Future Scholars AwardRebecca Koroll

    Rebecca Koroll, a Master's Recreation and Leisure Studies student, has been named a recipient of the Future Scholars Award by The Academy of Leisure Sciences (TALS). 

  3. Dec. 18, 2018Innovation in Teaching Award shared by Recreation faculty

    Drs. Karla Boluk and Corey Johnson were selected as The Academy of Leisure Sciences (TALS) Teaching Innovation Award recipients for 2018 for their work to integrate the tourism curriculum in our department. The award will be officially announced and presented at the 2019 TALS Teaching and Research Conference, Feb. 26—28, 2019 in Greenville, South Carolina. Congratulations to both Karla and Corey on this impressive achievement!

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