May 18 – May 20, 2022     |     St. John’s, NL


The fourth Atlantic Recreation & Facilities Conference and Trade Show will be held on May 18-May 20, 2022 at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John’s, NL. This year’s theme is “Focused on the Future”. The theme invites us to be forward thinking when it comes to anticipating changes in the recreation and facilities sector. The conference will provide an opportunity to explore current practices and new ideas that may shape ongoing practices and standards in the sector. As always, the Atlantic Recreation & Facilities Conference and Trade Show is brought to you in partnership by Recreation PEI, Recreation Nova Scotia, Recreation Facility Association of Nova Scotia, Recreation New Brunswick and Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador.

This exciting Atlantic gathering dedicated to Recreation and Facilities will have keynote speakers, sessions and roundtables focusing on professional development and growth, a trade show focused on programming and purchasing opportunities, along with nightly social events – creating opportunities for collaboration and networking.

The purpose of this conference is:

  • to foster collaboration and be inspired to build relationships that will help you do your job better;
  • to highlight and share findings, best practices and experiences from relevant research, policy and practice work;
  • to build partnerships and strengthen networks to facilitate knowledge transfer and exchange; and
  • to identify priorities and develop coordinated action plans for building the National Recreation Framework.

Presenters are lined up from across North America. Series sessions have been developed for aquatics, arenas, recreation programming and students. Social events are planned for every night – includes a trade show and a pre-conference outing. There’s something for everyone!



Opening Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Scott Presentation: “There is no one so blind as someone who can see but has no vision” Tips on how to make good decisions.This presentation will focus on various approaches that groups and individuals can use when promoting well being both in themselves and in others. Strategies that encourage better decision making, promoting positive thinking, and help deal with setbacks will be outlined. 



Closing Keynote Speaker: Stuart McReynolds Presentation: Building Inclusive Communities: An Abilities Centre Model Building communities that are accessible and inclusive is critical to raising health and wellness, quality of life and economic participation for healthier, happier and more prosperous communities. 



Participants will represent all facets of the recreation and facilities sectors from both rural and urban centres: including facility managers and operators, leaders in the field of recreation including programmers and event planners, parks, trails, sport, health and health promotion, municipal and provincial government representatives, non-profit community groups and organizations, planners and designers, volunteers, students, educators, academics and researchers, from across Atlantic Canada.

**Please note, we will adhere to COVID-19 regulations/restrictions that are current at the time of the conference. We ask that those who are experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms to not attend the conference. Please follow the guidelines from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador: