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 About the Leisure Development Course

In its 45th year in 2019, the Leisure Development Course continues to provide innovative professional development for park, recreation, culture and community development personnel. As one of Canada’s premiere education opportunities presented by a faculty from varied professions including business, public administration, recreation and parks, and academia; students receive timely information and modern tools to enhance their personal and professional growth and, in turn, their respective community and/or agency.

The three year program is an intense four-day learning period held within the first part of June utilizing the lecture facilities and accommodation at Vance Creek Hotel & Conference Centre at Silver Star Mountain just out of Vernon, British Columbia.

  • The design and flexibility of core curriculum allows the student to enter at the year of his/her convenience – the learner does not have to participate in sequential order.
  • Students are obligated to attend all sessions, both instruction and group, as this provides the opportunity to network with instructors and colleagues in an interactive formal and informal setting.

For further information regarding the Leisure Development Course contact Chris Nelson by email.


The Leisure Development Course is proud to partner with patron sponsor Recreation Excellence and support sponsors Recreation Foundation of BC, DB Perks & Associates and Langara College.

This program is endorsed by the British Columbia Recreation & Parks Association (BCRPA) and Recreation Facilities Association of British Columbia.