B.Ed., MA

School of Tourism Management
Faculty of Global and Community Studies

604.986.1911 ext. 3453
Cedar Building, room CE322


BC Provincial Instructor Diploma in Adult Education, Vancouver Community College, 2015.

MA, University of Northern British Columbia, 2014.

B.Ed., Trent University, 2006.

BGS, Simon Fraser University, 2005.


Blake Rowsell (MA, University of Northern British Columbia, 2014) is an outdoor enthusiast that is passionate about teaching and learning. He is actively engaged in assisting other educators in their pursuit of engaging classrooms both in the traditional environment and outside of the classroom.

After teaching high school for five years, Rowsell took a leave to work with the Vancouver Olympic Committee to host the 2010 Winter Games. The Olympics inspired him to pursue a master's program in tourism, specifically investigating mountain bike tourism. After briefly working for a national sport organization, he started teaching at Capilano University in 2014. He served as the convenor of the Outdoor Recreation Management Program at CapU from 2015-18.

Outside of teaching, Rowsell's main interests include mountain biking, alpine skiing, backcountry skiing, hiking, towed water sports and surfing. He has been able to spend several years traveling the globe but enjoys traveling in Canada the most, in particular exploring mountains, oceans and lakes.

I am a human geographer that views the world through the lens of tourism. The driving question that I seek to answer is why humans make the decisions they do. My master's research investigated the reasons that drive mountain bike tourists to travel to certain destinations.

I am also interested in educational theory in all environments, specifically in the natural world.

Rowsell, Blake. The Interconnected Arctic UArctic Congress 2016, Chapter 23: Uniqueness as a Draw for Riding Under the Midnight Sun. Springer Nature, June 27, 2017.

Rowsell, Blake. B.C. Resort Communities Labour Market Strategic Analysis, retrieved from: https://www.go2hr.ca/research/bc-resort-community-analysis. Go2HR, January 2013.

2017: Taking Advantage of Opportunities in Mountain Bike Tourism, British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association, Kelowna, B.C.

2012: Mountain Bike Tourism Development in the Yukon Territory, Australian Cycle Tourism Conference.

2011: Site Attributes that Influence Mountain Bike Tourism Development, British Columbia Rural Tourism Conference, 108 Mile House, B.C.