10 BEST TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES IN VANCOUVER

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Vancouver lies unpresuming amidst snow-capped mountains upon the banks of the North Pacific Ocean. The city that started as a modest industrial town has become one of Canada’s most populated metropolitan regions.

Vancouver is the perfect city retreat, offering arguably one of the most picturesque settings for any city in the world with its abundance of breathtaking vistas. The city itself, it a cultural melting pot, home to people from all walks of life. This combination of beautiful scenery, cultural intrigue and rich heritage has made Vancouver a hot tourist destination.

After arriving in the city, you’ll discover no shortage of interesting sights and exciting activities. There are many ways to explore the city from a guided tour of the city’s criminal underworld to a team dragon boat paddle through the local waterways. After seeing the local sights, why not learn to make classic Canadian dishes with a guided cookery course or learn to boulder at the climbing centre.

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Enjoy Vancouver’s impressive skyline onboard a zodiac-style vessel

  • Enjoy a combination of relaxing cruising and high-speed travel as the boat reaches speeds of up to 55km/h. 
  • Discover the famous Vancouver sights from the water’s edge while learning interesting facts about the city.
  • The tour takes you to famous sights such as Vancouver's Coal Harbour, Northshore, English Bay, False Creek and Stanley Park.
  • Tours are fully customisable based on your group’s interests.
  • Participants are provided with a full-body winter wetsuit so a change of clothes isn’t necessary. 

Taste the local cuisine with award-winning guided food tours

  • These award-winning food tours take you and your team on guided food tours through the city.
  • Learn the origins of the ingredients, how dishes are prepared, and come face to face with Vancouver’s top-rated chefs.
  • The tour guides draw upon years of experience to deliver a truly unique food tour experience.
  • Choose from a range of themed tours including the Granville Island Market Tour, the Market Tour, the Guilty Pleasures Tour and much more.
  • An excellent way for your team to bond over an enjoyable shared experience.
  • Learn about local Canadian cuisine as well as the area’s rich architectural, historical and artistic heritage. 

Create an artistic masterpiece as you follow step-by-step instructions

  • Recreate a painting as the experienced tutor guides you through the steps.
  • All painting equipment is provided during the 2-hour workshop.
  • The events are fully customisable, allowing you to choose your art style, food and beverages and more.
  • The option to hire a photographer to capture all those great memories.
  • Enjoy the casual atmosphere while sipping on a glass of wine and creating art.
  • The step-by-step guided tuition makes the course accessible to all artists from beginner to advanced.

Become immersed in the criminal underworld of Vancouver with guided history tours

  • Professional storytellers immerse you in a world of crime, deceit, controversy and scandal.
  • Roam the city with expert guides in a one-of-a-kind walking tour where you’ll learn about Vancouver’s secret past. 
  • Enjoy a variety of themed tours including The Lost Souls of Gastown Tour, The Art & Deco Chocolate Tasting Tour and more.
  • The skilled actors lead you through the intriguing stories without submitting to the world of cheesy theatrics. 
  • An amusing, informative and exciting way to explore the hidden corners of the city while learning interesting facts. 
  • The ultimate way for your group to enjoy some light-hearted team bonding while learning something about the city. 

Paddle in unison with kayak and dragon boat sessions

  • Whether you’re looking for an afternoon paddling adventure around False Creek, a team-building exercise to teach your group how to paddle and then race in one of the world’s biggest dragon boat races, or a unique employee benefit, we offer turnkey solutions through our extensive boat fleet.
  • Fully customisable event models, whether you’re looking to learn the basics of kayaking, venture out on a dragon boat or take a guided tour of the city. 
  • Benefit from the expertise of the trained dragon boat instructors who will guide you through the basics of paddling.
  • Mini dragon boat races are available to some group sizes.
  • Paddle through False creek and enjoy the sights of the city from the water’s edge.

Learn to make delicious dishes from all over the world with tutored cookery courses

  • Enjoy learning about food and improve your cooking techniques with tutored cooking classes from experienced chefs.
  • The event organisers have extensive experience teaching classes to corporate groups.
  • The humorous, light-hearted energy created by the teachers is infectious.
  • Take the skills you learn home with you and benefit from them in day-to-day life. 
  • The kitchen facilities and equipment are well maintained and clean.
  • The picturesque kitchen is perfect for capturing great memories of the event.

Fire arrows at your colleagues at beach archery tag

  • Satisfy your craving for beach sports with the indoor beach arena.
  • Go head to head with your colleagues as you try to eliminate them from the game.
  • A heart-pumping amalgamation of paintball, dodgeball and archery.
  • The arena can accommodate groups of up to 150 participants.
  • Included in all packages: a referee, bows, arrows, targets, bunkers, face masks and arm guards.
  • Receive a full safety and technical briefing from one of the staff before engaging in battle. 

Hang tough at the indoor climbing centre

  • A climbing course is a great way for your team to bond with each other and grow as a team.
  • Test your skills across the many colour-graded climbing routes.
  • The variety of difficulty levels makes climbing accessible to all climbers from beginner to expert.
  • Climbing combines key components like athleticism, endurance and creative thinking.
  • The experienced instructors are always on hand to offer guidance and ensure your safety.
  • Climbing shoes can be provided at an additional cost for those without their own.

Improve your mixology skills with guided cocktail workshops

  • Learn how to make premium cocktails from Vancouver’s reputable bartending training school.
  • The perfect way for your team to build relationships while learning new skills.
  • Learn professional cocktail-making techniques with guidance from experienced mixologists.
  • The well-equipped venue can host large groups of up to 80 guests.
  • Learn to make your favourite tried and tested cocktails as well as innovative flavour combinations.
  • Add optional upgrades to your bookings such as charcuterie and cheese boards, welcome drinks and more.

Learn badminton with guidance from a former Olympian

  • Enjoy two hours of guided practise where you’ll learn the fundamental swings as well as some critical footwork.
  • The event is available to groups of up to 20 participants.
  • Take to one of the 12 professional badminton courts that make up the spacious arena.
  • All facilities are modern and well maintained including the on-sight bathrooms and showers.
  • The location is easily reached with plenty of parking available.
  • Relax and enjoy food and drinks upstairs after your session.

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

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