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Welcome to the website of the

Canadian Association for Leisure Studies/

Association canadienne d'études en loisir (CALS)

CALS is an organization of Canadian and international scholars and practitioners who share an interest in recreation and leisure research and the delivery of leisure services, and who meet once every three years at the Canadian Congress on Leisure Research.

The CALS website provides you with information about the Association and its activities. You also will find links to Canadian and international sites associated with the field of recreation and leisure studies, of both an academic and an applied nature.

CALS Background and Functions

CALS was founded at the Third Canadian Congress on Leisure Research, held at the University of Alberta, in 1981. Tim Burton, a two-time President of CALS, has written a brief history of the Association.

Membership in CALS is automatically awarded to everyone who attends a Canadian Congress on Leisure Research, although other membership arrangements are possible.


News and Events


CCLR 15 awarded to the University of Waterloo for May 2017!

The Deaprtment of Recreation and Leisure Stuides at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, will be the host of for the next Canadian Congress on Leisure Research in May, 2017. Visit their website for more information.


Leisure/Loisir now with Routledge

Beginning in 2010, Leisure/Loisir, the journal of CALS, has been published by Routledge. We are extremely excited to be part of the Routledge family of journals in sport and leisure studies. By being available in electronic format for the first time, Leisure/Loisir is now even more accessible to a wider range of international researchers in leisure studies. Routledge’s reputation as a world leader in publishing scholarly journals will only serve to enhance the journal’s profile as a high quality outlet for emerging knowledge in leisure, recreation, sport, and arts.

Visit the new website for Leisure/Loisir here.


Remembering Fern Delamere

The CALS Board of Directors was deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Dr.Fern Delamere, Associate Professor in the Department of AppliedHuman Sciences at Concordia University in Montreal, Québec. Fern was involved in a serious car accident on December 4 and she died peacefully on Thursday, December 12, surrounded by her family and closest friends. Fern was well known and much loved by her many friends and colleagues from across Canada and throughout the world. She was a long-time and valued member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Leisure Studies (CALS).


To remeber Fern, donations can be made to the Fern Delamere Memorial Fund, a scholarship set up in her name. Donations may be made at: by calling the Concordia University Advancement Office at 1-514-848-2424, ext. 2826. For more information about the memorial fund please contact Lisa Ostiguy: