Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies (4-year, Outdoor Recreation)

Applied Health Sciences - Recreation & Leisure Studies

Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies (4-year, Outdoor Recreation)

Christine Fisher (BRLS Outdoor Recreation)

Name: Recreation and Leisure Studies
Degree: Bachelor of Recreation & Leisure Studies
Program: 4-Year BRLS (Honours)
Program Coordinator: Michael Fawkes
Entrance Requirements: Required 4U Subject: English (ENG4U).
Expected Cut-off: Mid 70s
Faculty: Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (FAHS)
Department: Recreation & Leisure Studies (RECL)
Level: Undergraduate studies

The Recreation & Leisure Studies program is designed to prepare you for a wide range of options in the rapidly expanding field of recreation and leisure services.

The Outdoor Recreation program focuses on leadership in the natural environment. This program provides students with the skills, knowledge and dispositions necessary to serve as wilderness trip leaders, to facilitate groups in outdoor recreation settings, to work in a variety of outdoor and experiential education environments, and to serve as agents of social and environmental change in the world.

This program prepares you to facilitate outdoor experiences using a socially and environmentally focused ethical framework. The Outdoor Recreation program provides you not only with a philosophical and theoretical grounding in outdoor recreation, group dynamics and leadership, but also with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills and dispositions through outdoor field experiences. Further, we foster critical thinking about peoples’ relationships with nature and relationships with others.

A Bachelor of Recreation & Leisure Studies degree with a concentration in Outdoor Recreation opens the door to a wide variety of job possibilities! Here is just a sample:

  • Wilderness Guide
  • Camp Director
  • Adventure Program Leader
  • Outdoor Interpreter
  • Park Manager
  • Outdoor Educator
  • Adventure Travel/Tourism Guide
  • Naturalist
  • Wilderness Therapy Workers
  • Outdoor Risk Management Specialist

A firm grounding in Recreation & Leisure Studies also enables Outdoor Recreation students to find work in other areas including:

  • Designing and implementing employee wellness, fitness and health promotion programs
  • Supporting inclusion of individuals with disabilities to participate in mainstream community recreation
  • Health Promoter, Leisure Educator and Counselor
  • Managing volunteer programs
  • Program Coordinator in municipal recreation, Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs, YW/YMCA
  • Corrections facility/group home/transitional services Recreation Programmer
  • Manager/Director of staff and facilities
  • Program/Entertainment Director at a resort or on a cruise ship
  • Marketing & Promotions Director
  • Coach/Sport Administrator/Official
  • Campus Recreation/Intramural Sport Coordinator at post secondary institution
  • Special Event/Conference/Tournament Coordinator
  • Supervisor in an area of program expertise such as aquatics, fitness, early years, school aged, youth or older adults
  • Fundraising/Grant Coordinator
  • Adult Educator/Staff & Volunteer Trainer
  • Municipal planning/community development
  • Researcher/Consultant
  • Open space, facility and play space development
  • Entrepreneur
  • Teacher/Educational Assistant/College Instructor/Professor

A Bachelor of Recreation & Leisure Studies degree will prepare you for further education:

  • Pre-service education (Teacher's College)
  • Graduate studies (Masters programs)
  • Post degree/diploma certificate programs

* Please note that some careers may require additional professional or graduate qualifications.

Affiliations & Partnerships
The Outdoor Recreation concentration in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies has affiliations with many of the leading outdoor recreation schools and agencies in Canada and around the world. These affiliations allow students to participate in agency programs/courses and receive up to 2.5 credits for their experience.


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Program Plan: To see the courses required for degree completion and read the full course descriptions - Check the online Undergraduate Course Calendar or contact the Undergraduate Program Coordinator.