Program Highlights

CapU's Outdoor Recreation Management students bring passion and commitment to work in adventure tourism, community and outdoor recreation, parks and conservation or experiential and outdoor education.

Connect your passion for the outdoors with a career. Through a unique curriculum combining engaging classroom study, relevant field trips and a practicum experience, students in the Outdoor Recreation Management Diploma program gain the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to contribute to the exciting and challenging outdoor recreation industry.

  • 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$9,605 $1,857 $11,462
Year 2$3,009 $788 $3,797
Year 3$0 $0 $0
Year 4$0 $0 $0
Year 5$0 $0 $0
Total$12,613 $2,645 $15,259

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:

FYS 100Culture and Creative Expression3.00 credits
FYS 101Self and Society3.00 credits
FYS 102Science and Technology3.00 credits
FYS 110Culture and Creative Expression3.00 credits
FYS 111Self and Society3.00 credits
FYS 112Science and Technology3.00 credits
FYS 120Culture and Creative Expression3.00 credits
FYS 121Self and Society3.00 credits
FYS 122Science and Technology3.00 credits
FYS 130Culture and Creative Expression3.00 credits
FYS 131Self and Society3.00 credits
FYS 132Science and Technology3.00 credits
FYS 140Culture and Creative Expression3.00 credits
FYS 141Self and Society3.00 credits
FYS 142Science and Technology3.00 credits
TOUR 104Marine Tourism and Interpretation3.00 credits
TOUR 111Tourism & Hospitality Management: A Global Network3.00 credits
TOUR 112Tourism Marketing I3.00 credits
TOUR 113Human Resource Management in Tourism3.00 credits
TOUR 114Organizational Behaviour in Tourism3.00 credits
TOUR 116Financial Planning in Tourism I3.00 credits
TOUR 120Adventure and Eco-Tourism3.00 credits
TOUR 131Tourism Product Development3.00 credits
TOUR 133Tourism Career Management3.00 credits
TOUR 134Promotions Management for Tourism and Hospitality3.00 credits
TOUR 135Hospitality Operations3.00 credits
TOUR 137Hospitality Operations & Food & Beverage Management in Destination Resort Environments3.00 credits
TOUR 140Tourism Co-op Work Experience6.00 credits
TOUR 142Building Cultural Connections Through Gastronomy Tourism3.00 credits
TOUR 145Career Preparation: Tourism & Hospitality Management3.00 credits
TOUR 149Computer Applications in Tourism3.00 credits
TOUR 150Work Experience: Tourism & Hospitality Management6.00 credits
TOUR 151Service Management in Tourism3.00 credits
TOUR 152Event Administration3.00 credits
TOUR 154Marketing and Public Relations for Events3.00 credits
TOUR 157Event Production and Logistics3.00 credits
TOUR 159Geography of Destination Resort Environments3.00 credits
TOUR 160Introduction to Resort Management3.00 credits
TOUR 162Food and Beverage Management3.00 credits
TOUR 165Resort Management Co-op6.00 credits
TOUR 170Mountain Bike Park/Trail Design and Building I4.50 credits
TOUR 172Mountain Bike Park/Trail Design and Building II4.50 credits
TOUR 190Destination Canada3.00 credits
TOUR 191Tourism Destinations3.00 credits
TOUR 200Revenue Management for Tourism3.00 credits
TOUR 201Tourism and Technology3.00 credits
TOUR 202Strategic Marketing Management - Case Study Approach3.00 credits
TOUR 205Tourism Sales3.00 credits
TOUR 206Directed Study in Tourism I3.00 credits
TOUR 208Risk Management for Tourism and Outdoor Recreation3.00 credits
TOUR 210Strategic Management: Resort Case Study3.00 credits
TOUR 212Sales and Promotions Management for Tourism3.00 credits
TOUR 216Financial Planning in Tourism II3.00 credits
TOUR 220Special Events - Tourism Generators3.00 credits
TOUR 221Conference Services3.00 credits
TOUR 225Entrepreneurship: Small and Medium Tourism Enterprises3.00 credits
TOUR 227Heritage, Cultural and Arts Planning for Tourism3.00 credits
TOUR 232Tourism Planning3.00 credits
TOUR 233Cross Cultural Tourism3.00 credits
TOUR 234Responsible Tourism Management3.00 credits
TOUR 249Advanced Computer Applications in Tourism3.00 credits
TOUR 250Operations Management in Tourism & Hospitality3.00 credits
TOUR 251Hotel Operations I: Food and Beverage3.00 credits
TOUR 252Hotel Operations I: Rooms Division3.00 credits
TOUR 253Adventure Tourism Operations3.00 credits
TOUR 255Management Concepts in the Adventure Industry3.00 credits
TOUR 256Adventure Education and Recreation Programming3.00 credits
TOUR 259Technology & Innovation in Tourism and Hospitality3.00 credits
TOUR 261Resort Financial Management3.00 credits
TOUR 270Special Topics in Tourism Management I3.00 credits
TOUR 301Business Law in Tourism3.00 credits
TOUR 306Directed Study in Tourism II3.00 credits
TOUR 307Tourism and Climate Change3.00 credits
TOUR 312Tourism Marketing II3.00 credits
TOUR 316Financial Management for Tourism3.00 credits
TOUR 321Organizational Leadership in Tourism3.00 credits
TOUR 325Tourism Managerial Accounting3.00 credits
TOUR 326Advanced Topics in Cross-Cultural Tourism3.00 credits
TOUR 327Research Methods and Applications in Tourism3.00 credits
TOUR 328International Destination Marketing3.00 credits
TOUR 331Regional Topics in Tourism3.00 credits
TOUR 335Strategic Management in Tourism3.00 credits
TOUR 341Advanced Tourism Product Development3.00 credits
TOUR 342Environmental Stewardship: Advanced Principles and Applications3.00 credits
TOUR 343Cultural Tourism Management3.00 credits
TOUR 344International Ecotourism3.00 credits
TOUR 350Quantitative Methods for Tourism Management3.00 credits
TOUR 351Tourism Consumer Behaviour3.00 credits
TOUR 356Adventure Sport Event Management3.00 credits
TOUR 360Contemporary Topics Shaping Tourism – A Global Perspective3.00 credits
TOUR 370Special Topics in Tourism Management II3.00 credits
TOUR 371Applied Service Management in North America3.00 credits
TOUR 372Tourism and Hospitality Practicum6.00 credits
TOUR 373Convention Management and Service3.00 credits
TOUR 374Hospitality Operations: International Context3.00 credits
TOUR 400Revenue Management and Advanced Sales in Tourism3.00 credits
TOUR 404Travel Distribution Management3.00 credits
TOUR 406Directed Study in Tourism III3.00 credits
TOUR 416Applied Hotel Financial Management3.00 credits
TOUR 422People Management - Human Relations in Tourism3.00 credits
TOUR 423Tourism Planning and Policy3.00 credits
TOUR 424Entrepreneurship in Tourism3.00 credits
TOUR 435Applied Project Management in Tourism3.00 credits
TOUR 440Applied Research in Tourism3.00 credits
TOUR 450Tourism Operations II3.00 credits
TOUR 451Hotel Operations II3.00 credits
TOUR 455Adventure Tourism Community-based Economic Development3.00 credits
TOUR 456Land Use and Tourism Operations3.00 credits
TOUR 457Risk Management and Law in Adventure Tourism3.00 credits
TOUR 470Applied Digital Marketing Strategies in Tourism3.00 credits
TOUR 471Human Capital Development in Tourism Management3.00 credits


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 1, 2019 - Aug 4, 2020

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 6, 2020

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 24, 2020 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Oct 6, 2020 - Aug 3, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 5, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 24, 2021 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

How to apply

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  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

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