2011 National Recreation Summit


2011 National Recreation Summit

October 23-26, 2011
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Lake Louise, AB


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The links above are to the English and French versions of the National Recreation Summit Proceedings Report. The Summit Secretariat had hoped to release this report sooner but it took longer to write, review and translate than initially estimated. The Secretariat group is pleased with the final Proceedings Report and hope that each of you find it to be a comprehensive review of what took place at the Summit in Lake Louise last October.

The report was recently presented to federal, provincial and territorial Ministers Responsible for sport, physical activity and recreation at their recent meetings held in Inuvik on June 26th and 27th. Ministers recognized the value of recreation to healthy communities and quality of life and P/T Ministers agreed, except Quebec, to support a Recreation Roundtable to be hosted in New Brunswick May 29 and 30, 2013. To build on the success of the October 2011 National Recreation Summit – a joint initiative of F-P/T governments and the Canadian Recreation and Parks Association – Ministers also directed officials to plan the next National Recreation Summit in 2014. The Proceedings Report will serve as the basis for these future conversation and events.

Summit Synopsis                            Synopsis du Sommet        


The National Recreation Summit, focused on Recreation, Community and Quality of Life, took place at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, October 23-26, 2011. It provided an opportunity to examine current and anticipated strategic challenges facing public recreation (including parks) and the range and types of opportunities that could enhance the growth and impact of recreation services at national, provincial/territorial, and municipal levels. Special attention was given to identification and assessment of ways in which community engagement strategies and actions can improve the delivery and quality of public recreation services at local levels.

A joint venture of the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (and its Provincial/Territorial member associations), the Inter-Provincial Sport and Recreation Council (ISRC), and several Federal agencies, it was organized by the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association and the Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation Ministry with the aid of a National Advisory Committee.

Participation in the Summit was by invitation only. Invitations have been extended via CPRA (and its member P/T Associations), ISRC, and federal government agencies and have resulted in acceptances from about 200 delegates drawn from among Canadian leaders and experts in recreation development, government services, public policy analysis, and a diverse range of allied stakeholders in the quality of life sector.

The Summit is an important and timely event in light of escalating health, social, economic and environmental concerns and circumstances. It affords an opportunity for some of the best thinkers and practitioners in our own and allied fields to determine strategic directions, priorities and actions for recreation and parks that would address targets for increasing physical activity (especially among children and youth), managing the critical afterschool hours, improving physical literacy, enhancing mass participation in sport, and much more.

The over-arching goals and objectives of the Summit were:



  1. To examine and discuss trends, information, research, retrospectives and promising practices in the recreation and parks field and the wider quality of life sector to which it belongs.
  2. To clarify, describe and prioritize the strategic challenges that lie ahead for the recreation and parks field and related stakeholders in the quality of life sector.
  3. To explore novel pan-Canadian approaches for recreation and parks development that would respond to these strategic challenges – particularly those that have promise for increased physical literacy and activity among Canadians (especially children and youth) and enhanced community building, social inclusion, and improved quality of life.
  4. To examine and design innovative ways whereby federal, provincial/territorial and municipal governments can engage in partnered recreation and parks development strategies.
  5. To discuss and amplify ways in which corporate, not-for-profit, and other public agencies in the quality of life sector - such as health, social services, and education authorities and associations – can contribute to these priorities through collaborative strategies and actions.
  6. To examine the feasibility and practicality of establishing a multi-year dialogue (a National Recreation Summit series, perhaps) to improve intra- and inter-governmental and inter-sector collaboration.
  7. All of the above, then, contributing to the development of a national agenda for recreation.Work on this agenda is now underway.

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