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Saturday, September 25
Recreation and Leisure in Canada
Just thought I would add some information about Recreation, Parks and Tourism on my blog. (I need a break from reading, my eyes and brain hurt.)
Some people feel as though the recreation and tourism side of our vast fields is a bit fluffy and does not carry strong academic roots. Interestingly enough, leisure and recreation is such an important part of healthy communities that each province in our country has its own municipal, regional or provincial department(s). As well, Canada has a federal group that coordinates the efforts of Canadian professionals, called Canada Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA).
In Manitoba (from what I can deduce being new to the province), there are several branches of the government that support, protect, provide space for, and who organize opportunities for leisure within the province. One such organization is Parks and Natural Areas Branch. An additional tourism branch promotes travel in the province using the moniker, Unforgettable Manitoba. You may also be interested in a group that connects recreation and leisure services around the province, Recreation Connections Manitoba.
Within Winnipeg, the City of Winnipeg houses its own Recreation and Leisure Department who maintain public access and use of recreation services. This city offers an extensive list of opportunities to plan your free time with its Leisure Guide, if you are looking for ways to improve a skill or improve the enjoyment your free time.
Here is the website for the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association (ARPA). They are the umbrella group that coordinates the work of public and not-for-profit recreation groups in Alberta. Their annual conference is coming up in October 2010.
This a small taste of the larger organizations that help to coordinate all the activities, programs, conferences, research organizations, therapeutic groups, parks and wildernesses of Canada and each province and territory. Enjoy the links!