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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 allows 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.

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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, xc 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 problem solving that can be applied effectively across a wide spectrum of sectors.

Career possibilities

  • Ecotourism planner
  • Parks interpreter
  • Outdoor sector guide
  • Environmental educator
  • Adapted outdoor facilitator
  • Public safety (i.e. ski patrol)
  • Outdoor skills instructor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Outdoor centre management
  • 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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Fourth-year ecotouism and outdoor leadership students Karly Upshall and Amalie Johnson. Upshall pulls Amalie in an adaptive, all-terrain wheelchair.

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Outdoor enthusiasts continue to protest government changes to Alberta parks

Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership (ETOL) professor Joe Pavelka, PhD, and a group of students during the Peruvian field school.

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Documenting the value of escaping the lecture hall to learn in an unconventional way.

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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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