10 BEST TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES IN OTTAWA

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Beautiful nature, a rich history and home to the world’s largest outdoor skating rink, there’s plenty for your team to discover when you plan a visit to Ottawa, Ontario.

Race the clock in an escape room or explore the city from a unique perspective with a haunted walk, whatever you choose you're sure to make memories as you and your colleagues come together in the heart of Canada.

If you’re planning a visit to Ottawa sometime soon, keep reading for our top team building recommendations for groups of all sizes!

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Make a splash with a rafting excursion

  • Thrilling, fun and a great way to experience Ottawa’s beautiful scenery, a group rafting experience is the perfect team building activity for group’s seeking a little adventure.
  • This experience tends to run just over three hours so be sure to plan for at least a half day in your schedule.
  • You’ll be paired with an experienced guide who will make sure you and your team are equipped with everything you need and the knowledge to have a safe and fun experience. Plus, you can choose your level of difficulty depending on which direction you choose to navigate the rapids.
  • You’ll even get a little bit of Ottawa history as your guide shares some background on the area while you float through some of the calmer parts of the river. 
  • This experience can be quite pricey, especially for larger groups, but if it’s within your budget it’s totally worth it!

Experience Ottawa on a bike tour

  • Experience all that Ottawa and its neighbouring city of Gatineau have to offer as you cruise through the streets on a guided bike tour!
  • An experienced and knowledgeable guide will be paired with your team, bringing you to the most beautiful sights in the area while providing tons of interesting information on the region’s history.
  • There are a variety of tour options available, designed to suit your team’s needs and points of interest that you may be looking to explore during your visit.
  • This experience typically lasts anywhere from one to two hours. Plan for a half-day so team members have some time to rest after!
  • Be sure to wear comfortable, active attire as this excursion requires quite a bit of exercise.

Hunt for clues in an escape room

  • If you’re looking for an activity that incorporates problem-solving, teamwork and a whole lot of fun, then look no further than an escape room for your next team retreat.
  • Your group will have 60 minutes to look for clues, solve puzzles and race the clock to complete your mission. 
  • Onsite staff will be there to answer any questions you have and will even walk you through the solution if you run out of time!.
  • There are a wide range of puzzles to choose from and most facilities switch out their challenges regularly making it an excellent option for both new and returning visitors. 
  • This is a fairly budget-friendly experience and is a great fit for teams both large and small (simply book extra rooms to accommodate the size of your team!). 

Fuel your appetite with a cooking class

  • Whether you're an experienced chef or cooking newbie, you and your team are sure to have a blast when you plan a group cooking class for your team retreat.
  • An experienced chef will walk you through everything you need to know from prepping ingredients to putting the finishing touches on your dish.
  • Build your culinary skills in a relaxed, hands-on setting as you explore new cuisines from pasta basics to Inuit country cuisine.
  • The fun doesn’t stop once your dish is complete! Sit down with team members after you finish prepping to socialize and enjoy the fruits of your labour. 
  • This tends to be a fairly pricey experience but if it’s within your budget it makes for an awesome alternative to traditional group dining. 

Explore the city on a haunted walk

  • Experience the city of Ottawa from a brand new perspective with a haunted walk through the city's most famous spots.
  • With the help of your experienced local guide, you’ll learn all about the city’s history while hearing some of the most chilling ghost stories about local points of interest like the Bytown Museum, the Fairmont Château Laurier, and Ottawa’s haunted high school.
  • Private daytime and evening group tours are available with options to customize your start time as well as have your tour given in English or French.
  • Make sure to bring comfortable shoes as you’ll be walking quite the distance through the city. 
  • This is a great option for team’s on a budget as it’s fairly affordable and can be totally customized to accommodate groups of any size.

Duck, dodge and dive with glow-in-the-dark dodgeball

  • The only thing more fun than a company dodgeball tournament? A glow-in-the-dark company dodgeball tournament of course!
  • Upon arrival your team will be provided with all the necessary equipment - including glow-in-the-dark jerseys and glowing face/body paint so you can show off your team colours.
  • Staff will walk you through everything you need to know from game rules to safety precautions, ensuring everyone is well-equipped to have a safe and fun time. 
  • Want to go full out? You can even have new custom jerseys made with your company logo for a fun keepsake to remember your experience. 
  • This is a great activity if you’re looking to encourage team members to let loose, communicate and have fun engaging in a little friendly competition. 

Engage in some friendly competition with combat archery

  • Combat archery combines dodgeball with the skill-testing sport of archery for a fast-paced game designed to get you moving and your adrenaline flowing. 
  • The arrows are padded with a soft foam making the experience safe and fun for everyone, regardless of skill level. 
  • Most facilities offer several variations of the archery games so you can work on different skills and tackle different challenges throughout your team building experience. 
  • Staff will provide your group with a quick training upon your arrival, walking you through all the safety precautions, game rules and techniques you’ll need to have a great time. 
  • This is an excellent team building option for groups looking to work on enhancing communication and building stronger team relationships between coworkers.

De-stress in a demolition room

  • What better way to unwind and relieve stress than by unleashing your pent-up frustrations and energy in the safe and fun environment of a demolition room. 
  • You’ll be able to choose from a variety of packages that offer a mix of different items for you and your team to smash throughout your experience.
  • This tends to be an activity geared best towards small to medium-sized teams as many facilities have a cap of 3-5 people per room. 
  • Many facilities even offer the option of connecting your phone to bluetooth speakers so you and your colleagues can choose your own smashing soundtrack.
  • You’ll be provided with all of the safety equipment you’ll need but be sure to come wearing comfortable, athletic attire and closed-toe shoes - it's a great workout and you’re guaranteed to break a sweat! 

Reach new heights at a trampoline park

  • Bounce and bond while building teamwork and communication skills when you plan a team building experience at a trampoline park.
  • Choose from a wide range of activities from dodgeball to slam dunking competitions. 
  • Make sure to come dressed in comfortable, athletic attire as this is quite an active team building experience. 
  • Most facilities offer the option to rent a private room, ideal for spending time with coworkers after you’re done jumping while indulging in some post-trampolining food and drink!
  • This is a pretty budget-friendly experience with group rates often available for team building experiences. Make sure to inquire about discounts when booking!

Take aim with ax throwing

  • Engage in a little friendly competition while learning a new skill by planning a group ax throwing experience with your team.
  • Staff will walk you through everything you need to know from safety protocols to throwing techniques that will have you tossing like a true ax-pert in no time. 
  • Compete in teams or individually to see who on your team has the best throwing skills.
  • Many facilities even offer food and drink onsite (or the option to bring your own) so you can sip and snack with coworkers in between turns. 
  • This is a great option for teams of all sizes and is a relatively low-cost option for groups looking to have fun on a budget. 

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You can book these team building activities exclusively as a part of our retreat package.

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