Canada’s exceptional team retreat venues and experiences
Looking for ways to re-connect and inspire your team after over a year and a half of video calls and stay-at-home orders?
Canada is home to a variety of unique venues and experiences that are sure to encourage collaboration and spark new ideas. Plus, Canada is easily accessible, thanks to its convenient geographic location, world-class airports and excellent transportation options.
When deciding where to host your team retreat, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- Location: How accessible is the destination for your team to reach? Are direct flights available?
- Venues and amenities: Does the destination offer a variety of unique and inspiring venues that can accommodate your group size? Does it have the technology and equipment that you need to effectively run your meetings?
- Accommodations: Whether you're in search of charming boutique inns or ultra-sleek hotels, does the destination offer accommodation to suit your needs?
- Health and safety: What protocols and measures are in place to ensure a safe experience?
- Activities: Does the destination offer captivating experiences to enjoy in between meetings?
To help you in your planning efforts, we've rounded up some ideas for hosting a team retreat in three remarkable Canadian cities: Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.
Discover Cosmopolitan MontrealFrom historic sites to ultra-modern buildings and enchanting natural settings, Montreal is home to an array of meeting venues that serve as the perfect backdrop for team retreats. If you're looking for something that's steeped in history, consider the meeting spaces at Chateau Ramezay. Built in 1705 as the home for the Governor of Montreal, it was the first building in Quebec to be classified as a historic monument. For a picturesque outdoor venue, there's also the Montreal Botanical Garden, an oasis in the middle of the city with a rich collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivators.
When it comes to experiences that foster camaraderie, Montreal also excels. A great way to bring your team together is by taking a progressive food tour, tasting the best of the city at a variety of Old Port restaurants and creating new memories at each stop along the way. Or, have your team face their fears together as they fly on the MTL Zipline, the first urban zipline circuit in Canada. In addition to experiencing an adrenaline rush like no other, your team will be in awe as they take in the spectacular views while soaring 85 feet above the city skyline.
Photo Credit: MTL Zipline
Explore Historic OttawaOffering everything from world-class outdoor adventure to scenic countryside attractions, Ottawa is a fantastic destination to host a team retreat. The city is also easy to reach and compact, making it easy to see the best of it in just a few days. When it comes to meeting spaces, the Canadian Museum of Nature is a great choice. The venue, which boasts a historic castle-like ambiance and engaging exhibits, can accommodate all sorts of events and visitor needs.
Photo Credit: Ottawa Tourism
The winter months offer plenty of exciting activities, like bringing your team together to skate on the world's largest skating rink. Each winter, the Rideau Canal Skateway, Ontario's only UNESCO World Heritage Site, transforms into an epic urban skating rink that stretches over 4.5 miles long — providing the perfect opportunity to glide through downtown Ottawa with your team.
If you're visiting during the spring or summer, experience the thrill of a lifetime on a whitewater rafting adventure. Ottawa is surrounded by nature, which means that there are plenty of places to choose from, whether you opt to go rafting right in the city or head to the Ottawa Valley, which is known as the Whitewater Capital of Canada.
Reach New Heights in Toronto
Credit: Kevin Arnold, Destination Canada
From the moment your team arrives in Toronto, they will be amazed at the energy and vibrancy of the city. Like Ottawa and Montreal, Toronto also offers quick, easy and direct flights from many US cities — in fact, it's only 90 minutes from New York, Boston and DC. Here, you can count on an abundance of one-of-a-kind meeting venues, like Ripley's Aquarium of Canada or the Art Gallery of Ontario.
An incredible activity that will leave a lasting imprint on your team's collective memory is the EdgeWalk at Toronto's CN Tower. After suiting up and snapping into their harness, your team will step outside to take in the sweeping views east, west and 1,100 feet below as they go on a 360-degree stroll above the Toronto skyline — an experience that's truly unlike any other.