The Department of Recreation Studies was founded in 1967 and is comprised of two areas: Recreation Leadership and Recreation Management. The Recreation Leadership program has graduated more than 900 students into employment in the recreation field and in the related areas of business management, government administration, teaching and community development.

Recreation Leadership Diploma Program

The two-year Recreation Leadership Diploma Program is for students who like to work with people and help them experience the benefits of quality recreation. graduates demonstrate a commitment to the values and benefits of recreation; have developed a comprehensive understanding of recreation related delivery systems and facilities; and can successfully apply program leadership and planning processes within those systems.

Bachelor of Recreation Management

The Recreation Management Program is a degree completion program (third and fourth year of a bachelor's degree) for students who have a recreation diploma or the equivalent, and who are interested in pursuing entry-level and middle management careers in the Recreation Field. The program is flexible and student-focused and combines a solid foundation in management theory and practical knowledge with specialized courses in recreation.


Our mission is to provide outstanding education to students so that graduates are able to make meaningful contributions to the field of recreation. To this end, the Recreation department works closely with our students, taking a keen interest in their progress during and after their studies at Langara.

The Faculty

The faculty takes pride in keeping themselves current in the field and community. We are active members, taking part in various organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vancouver, the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association, the BC Recreation and Parks Association, and the Recreation Facilities Association of BC.

Community Partners

The Recreation programs recognizes and thanks our many community partners who have supported us throughout the years. These include a wide variety of municipal, private clubs, commercial and not-for-profit etc., recreation agencies.

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