Leisure and Recreation in Canadian Society - Third Edition

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Leisure and Recreation In Canadian Society

An Introduction

By: George Karlis


This thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded third edition captures the newest thinking in leisure and recreation studies, including the latest statistics and research findings in the field. Using empirical research and a wide range of examples, this edition offers an in-depth exploration of leisure and recreation from a truly Canadian perspective. The effects of multiculturalism and ethnic diversity on the provision of leisure services is a major theme throughout.

ISBN 978-1-55077-255-5
Edition Third
Year 2016
Page Count 320

$ 74.95 (Digital version $44.95)


This new edition of Leisure and Recreation in Canadian Society: An Introduction contains a completely new chapter on events and festivals in Canada, which focuses on providing an overview of the types of events and festivals that occur, while profiling a few that are unique in the Canadian context. Also included throughout the book are new features that provide examples of current events and trends in Canadian leisure and recreation. Statistics and research have also been updated throughout the book, and new study questions that align with the new content are included at the end of each chapter for student review.

This fully updated third edition is also supported by Learn., our integrated online learning environment that empowers both you and your students with a 21st century learning experience that provides your students with precisely the content they need, when they need it.

Highlights of this new edition

  • All new chapter devoted to events and festival in Canada
  • Updated statistics and research throughout
  • New special features throughout focusing on current leisure and recreation issues and trends across Canada
  • New photographs, graphs, and charts carefully positioned throughout, with an attractive, new two-colour design.
  • Print and digital textbooks available for students
  • New online instructor support available

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Table of Contents

  1. Introducing Leisure and Recreation
  2. Conceptualizing Leisure and Recreation
  3. The History of Leisure and Recreation
  4. Leisure and Recreation in the Public Sector
  5. Leisure and Recreation in the Commercial Sector
  6. Volunteerism and the Voluntary Sector
  7. Community Development, Leisure, and  Recreation
  8. Canadian Culture, Multiculturalism, and  Ethnicity
  9. Leisure, Recreation, and Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples
  10. Canadians, Leisure, and Recreation
  11. The Tourism Industry
  12. Parks in Canada
  13. Events and Festivals
  14. The Future of Leisure and Recreation in Canada

About the Author

George Karlis
University of Ottawa

Dr. George Karlis has been at the University of Ottawa since 1992. He is a native of Ottawa who completed his Bachelors in Social Sciences (Honours) at the University of Ottawa before moving on to Acadia University for his Masters and Michigan State University for his PhD. He is globally recognized for his work on ethnicity, culture, society and leisure. He is also known for his research on sport tourism and the Olympic Games.

He has published over 80 articles throughout the world in journals such as the Journal of Business and Society, Society and Leisure, Economics and Athletics, Journal of Applied Recreation Research, World Leisure and Recreation Journal, Native Studies Review, Journal of Leisurability, Canadian Ethnic Studies, Leisure Information Quarterly, New Education Journal, Visions in Leisure and Business, and Parks and Recreation Canada, and has delivered his research at over sixty international, national and local conferences, symposiums and workshops.

In the 1990s, Dr. Karlis was the most published author in one of Canada's premier peer-review leisure studies journals (the Journal of Applied Recreation Research) with six articles, three book reviews and an editorial introduction. Dr. Karlis has been an invited speaker at the European Association for Sport Management Congress (Nicosia, Cyprus), the Valencia Summit on New Trends in Management of Sport Events (Valencia, Spain), and the International Conference on the Olympic Dream (St-Louis, USA).