With the warm weather finally upon us (we’ve been patiently waiting for you!), we have to take full advantage of it and bring our teams outdoors for some interactive meetings. In this month’s blog post, I have highlighted a few locations that offer outdoor teambuilding activities that will get your teams pumped (literally and figuratively speaking!). They are based in and around the Greater Toronto Area regions, but I’m sure these interactive activities can be adapted to your next meeting, regardless the location.
Let’s start, shall we…..
Treetop Eco-Adventure Park – on the beautiful Oak Ridges Moraine in Oshawa, Ontario
This is the only aerial tree top adventure park offered in the Greater Toronto Area. The aerial adventure course, a much more evolved and fun version of a military training obstacle course, is securely suspended between the trees at 10 to 50 feet off the ground. Some of the features of the courses include giant Tyrolean Zip lines, suspended bridges, swinging surprises, Tarzan swings, nets and more. There are also hiking trails that groups can explore together. They even host birthday parties for adults and children; what a unique way to celebrate a milestone! All the park’s activities operate rain or shine, except for in severe weather conditions.
SkyLife Interactive Meetings – www.skyliferewards.com/meetings
Located in Toronto, Barrie and cottage country’s Muskoka, Skyline Hotels & Resorts offers over 40 different sessions and workshops for companies looking to re-energize their teams, providing a balance between business and pleasure during their stay. One adventure offered is Paintball. This creates for a vigorous mental challenge and strategic thinking; preparing each team member for their role in battle. Or scale gravity defying slopes in their Hummer H1 tours. All tours are led by a professional driver. Skyline also offers treetop trekking adventures as well as zipline, mountain biking and Ogo (aqua or harness). Another program, Chef’s Night Out, lets team members to cook up either a food or drink, going behind the scenes to the hotel kitchen’s staff to gain “inside information”. Each one of their programs can be tailored towards your team.
On Facebook, I noticed a friend’s company based in Australia held a fishing expedition as a way to reward its sales force. Yes, this is a predominantly male-focused teambuilding experience, but there are ways to encourage everyone of any age or gender to get involved. Conservation authority properties are not only perfect for fishing but also provide hiking trails, picnic areas and lush open spaces to set up obstacle courses or to play a friendly game of touch football. Surrounded by nature, it’s a great way to re-energize and find peace, away from a world where it’s always “go, go go”!