Department of Recreation and Tourism Management

The Vancouver Island University region is situated in one of the best environments for recreation and tourism activities in the world.

Numerous opportunities for outstanding recreation, sport and tourism experiences await just outside our campus. Highlights include: wildlife viewing on land and ocean as well as water-based activity on and in our rivers, lakes and oceans. The BC coast is world famous for cold-water scuba diving. We have some of the best sport facilities and tournaments in the country, fantastic festivals and cultural events and integrated recreational programs for all ages. Mount Washington is a mere 1 1/2 hours from Nanaimo. As well, the Cowichan Valley to the south is a highly regarded food and wine region.

Both the Diploma and the Degree are offered in a Co-operative Education format. In the diploma program, students will spend four academic semesters with us and fulfill the requirements of two paid Co-op placements. After successfully completing either the Recreation and Sport or the Tourism Studies diploma, students can then apply to continue their studies in the Tourism Management degree. The degree program (year three and four after a diploma) consists of four more academic semesters and one more paid co-operative education work experience or the option of an internship instead.

Other programs offered through our department include a Certificate in Event Management, and the Wine Business Certificate.

The Master of Arts in Sustainable Leisure Management is offered at the Nanaimo campus and takes a non-traditional approach to studies in ecotourism and innovative leisure practices, with courses that combine field experience and classroom instruction.

Career Opportunities in the field are available in both Recreation and Tourism non-profit organizations, public recreation, outdoor recreation, commercial enterprises, hospitality, therapeutic recreation and sport.