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.

The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies acknowledges that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometers on each side of the Grand River. As we continue to work remotely, we acknowledge that individual members of the department may reside on other native lands

  1. Mar. 27, 2020Coronavirus update

    Stay up-to-date with the latest information and advisories on the coronavirus.

    Faculty members are also available to comment in media on various aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  2. Apr. 13, 2021Therapeutic Recreation student wins the E Co-op Pitch Competition for the first time in RLS history
    Katie Aubrey headshot

    Katie Aubrey pitched her Enterprise Co-op business idea, Elevate, at the Ignition Week Pitch Competition, and placed in the top rank!

  3. Jan. 28, 2021Alumnus raises funds for cancer by playing world’s longest hockey game
    Terry Martin in the World's Longest Hockey Game 2021

    Terry Martin (BA ’20, Recreation and Sport Business) is one of 40 hockey players who will rotate six-hour shifts in an attempt to achieve a record-breaking total of 251 consecutive hours of play.

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