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Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership

Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (BHPE)

4 years

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Program highlights

Work placement opportunity

Practical experience — experiential learning components allow you to put classroom theory into practice to gain the valuable skills that will support you later on in your career.

Research opportunities — engage in undergraduate research in Alberta or abroad.

Student Society of Health and Physical Education — connect and engage in the communities of Health and Physical Education at Mount Royal and beyond.

Trailblazersdiscover how these grads' careers were formed by the program.


Open a world of opportunity for yourself in this unique program that explores the theoretical and practical applications of sustainable tourism, socio-cultural heritage, outdoor adventure programming and facilitation, entrepreneurship, leadership and communication. Gain valuable foundational skills in backpacking, canoeing, cross-country and backcountry skiing, kayaking, mountain biking, wilderness survival and rock climbing. Create a diverse toolbox of skills in key areas of program planning, risk management, leadership, environmental stewardship, critical thinking and tourism planning that can be applied effectively across a wide spectrum of sectors.

Career possibilities

  • Ecotourism planner/programmer
  • Parks interpreter
  • Outdoor sector guide
  • Adapted outdoor facilitator
  • Environmental educator
  • Public safety (i.e. ski patrol)
  • Outdoor skills instructor
  • Wilderness-based youth worker

Admission requirements and costs

Curriculum and courses


Information about program offerings, admission requirements and the application process can be answered by an admissions and recruitment specialist.

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Ecotourism and outdoor leadership student Teegan Neame (right) and friend John Moreland (left), stand with their bikes under a "Welcome to Hyder Alaska" sign

Outdoor adventure provides endless possibilities

ETOL student Teegan Neame bikepacks from Mexico to Alaska.

Juan Pablo Quiñonez

ETOL graduate wins History Channel's Alone

Juan Pablo Quiñonez survived 78 days in the extreme terrain of Northern Labrador.

A group of young students walk across a bridge. One student is using the HPED TrailRider and being pushed by an adult.

Taking down barriers

The maiden voyage of the HPED TrailRider.

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Faculty of Health, Community and Education

Mount Royal is pleased to offer four Bachelor of Health and Physical Education degrees, including majors in Athletic Therapy, Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership, Physical Literacy, and Sport and Recreation Management.

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