Program Highlights

Connect your passion for the outdoors with a career in CapU's Outdoor Recreation Management program.

Through classroom study, relevant field trips, and work experience, you'll develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to contribute to the exciting and challenging outdoor recreation industry.

In the program, you'll take courses in tourism marketing, financial planning, leadership and experiential education, entrepreneurship, outdoor guiding, risk management and more.

Your passion and commitment to the outdoors, along with training in the program, will prepare you for future careers in adventure tourism, community and outdoor recreation, parks and conservation, or experiential and outdoor education.

You'll also participate in a co-op work experience placement before completing your diploma, ensuring you'll make the jump from student to your new career seamlessly.

  • Recognize and participate in the commercial aspect of the Outdoor Recreation Industry.
  • Be able to effectively deliver information to a diversity of audiences in an outdoor recreation contex.
  • Actively participate in local and global outdoor recreation community initiatives to develop competency in a leadership role, social consciousness and a sense of responsibility.
  • Analyze, adapt and apply the fundamentals of environmental and cultural stewardship as they relate to the outdoor recreation industry and to the global community.
  • Apply theoretical concepts, relevant research, experience-based judgment and critical thinking to make decisions within the context of commercial outdoor recreation that meet the industry standard.
  • Have a comprehensive understanding and the tools necessary for working within a sustainable and environmentally conscious outdoor recreation business.
  • Demonstrate professional appearance, attitudes and behaviours appropriate to the commercial outdoor recreation industry


CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverFallFull-Time

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$7031 $2133 $9165
Year 2$5834 $1616 $7450
Year 3$0 $0 $0
Year 4$0 $0 $0
Year 5$0 $0 $0
Total$12866 $3749 $16615

Note: Fees are subject to change. Some programs have fees for supplies and equipment that aren’t included in the estimate. To get an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try out our Tuition & Fees Estimator.

Required Courses

Total credits: 52.00


Elective Courses

Total credits: 9.00

Choose 9.00 credits from the following list:

Electives can be chosen from any course at the 100 or 200-level from the prefixes below:

FYSFirst-Year Seminar
RECOutdoor Recreation
SATOStudy Abroad - Tourism/OREC
TOURTourism Management


Wilderness Leadership Skills Courses

Total credits: 4.00

Choose 4.00 credits from the following list:

Students may choose skill courses in their WLP course selections with a focus on Snow (WLP 124/164), Backpacking (WLP 126/166), Sea Kayaking (WLP 137/138) or a Personalized Option (WLP 184/185).

WLP 124Winter Skills2.00 credits
WLP 126Backpacking2.00 credits
WLP 137Sea Kayaking I2.00 credits
WLP 138Sea Kayaking II2.00 credits
WLP 164Winter Leadership2.00 credits
WLP 166Introduction to Alpine Travel2.00 credits
WLP 184Select Skills Course in Outdoor Recreation I2.00 credits
WLP 185Select Skills Course in Outdoor Recreation II2.00 credits


Total program credits: 65.00

Important Dates

Application Dates

Oct 6, 2020 - Aug 3, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 5, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 23, 2021 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Oct 5, 2021 - Aug 2, 2022

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 4, 2022

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 22, 2022 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

How to apply

  1. Check the admissions requirements.
  2. Check the application and document deadlines for your program.
  3. Complete and submit your application through EducationPlannerBC.
    1. Upload all your required/supporting official documents.
    2. Pay your application fee.
  4. Admissions will review your application and contact you.

Admission Requirements

For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar.

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