Toronto Team Building & Corporate Events
With many Toronto companies putting their incentive travel programmes on hold, luxury events are now an accessible and affordable alternative for corporate teams. For a fraction of the cost of a foreign sales incentive trip, your team or your clients can experience everything from polo to luxury car events.
Even if your company still needs to tighten the purse strings this year, there are still many cost effective options for corporate team events in Toronto. Keep reading.
Just North of Toronto, you can hear the thunder of hooves and take in 2 exhilarating polo matches every day. Whether you book a corporate table or tent and enjoy gourmet cuisine or pay $15 for general admission, take a picnic and enter the picnic contest, it’s the perfect way to kick off the summer. Mark your calendar June 17 – 19, 2011.
If you find that your team gets bitten by the polo bug, why not arrange a 1 day Introduction to Polo event or a full 2 -3 day polo team building retreat complete with facilitated exercises. A trained facilitator will help you uncover valuable business insights and lessons from the strategies and tactics you learn on the polo field. A polo playing executive can deliver a keynote about the links between polo and business.
Available for only a few weeks during the summer, you can get behind the wheel of a BMW. Start the day with a short classroom briefing. Then head out to the track for obstacle courses, skid control and a variety of in-car challenges. The fun continues in the afternoon after a gourmet lunch. Believe it or not, it’s more expensive than a one day introduction to polo but it’s worth every penny.
A scalable programme that can be offered at a 5 star resort, wilderness inn, or campsite, Wilderness Survival integrates outdoor team challenges with facilitated business exercises. Orienteering, firestarter challenges, GPS treasure hunts, campfires, horse riding, treetop walking, and canoeing in a lush wilderness setting will ensure that your team relaxes and bonds in the great outdoors. You’ll definitely want to camp out overnight for one night.
A trained facilitator will introduce you to a brainstorming tools so that you can come up with a theme and a menu for a restaurant using the ingredients provided. You’ll be given a budget to shop for decorations for a restaurant table and some of your ingredients. Then, you’ll bring it all to life and cook and enjoy your signature dishes.
Every year, as the Christmas season approaches, Black Creek Pioneer Village is transformed with all of the trimmings of Christmas in a bygone era. If your budget is limited, you can stroll the village during the day. Alternatively, you can bask in the glow of a Christmas by Lamplight complete with a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings for less than $100 a person. It’s become a tradition in our family. I can’t think of a better way to start the Christmas season.
The winter version of Wilderness Survival can include snowshoeing, tabogonning, cross country skiing, dog sledding, and quinzhee building (seen in the video below). Yes you can sleep out in a quinzhee for one night.
This full day of circus-themed activities is an affordable $15 per person. It includes the Children’s Cruising Fleet,a race for the Toronto Easter Seals Cup and the post-event party with a BBQ at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club’s Snug Island. Mark your calendar for August 28, 2011.
Immerse yourself in a world of chocolate and get an upfront, first hand view of the workings of a micro chocolate factory. The chocolate makers don’t work on Monday.
Starting in late July, 2011 chocolate tastings for a minimum group size of 10 will be available for $35 per person. Plans are also underway to offer cooking classes at their new location that opens during the summer of 2011.
Gladstone Chocolate Factory
Every year Toronto becomes a chocolate coated metropolis as delicious events throughout the city celebrate everything chocolate. With a wide range of events including chocolate relays, luxury chocolate shows, luxury chocolate tours, and the chocolate ball gala, you’re sure to find an event that fits your team’s budget. Mark your calendar. This year’s Toronto Chocolate Festival takes place from October 2 – 23, 2011.
If your budget is really tight and you can’t afford to take your team to Germany this year, just hop on the King streetcar. Even if you have no budget, your team can still have a fabulous time. Admission is free. In December, The Distillery District is transformed into a Christmas fantasyland in Toronto’s version of a traditional Christmas market. Refreshments are available for purchase and team members can finish their Christmas shopping early.
If you have a budget and you want to kick things up a notch, a visit to the Toronto Christmas Market can also be incorporated into a Toronto Urban Safari or a Luxury Amazing Race inspired event. Mark your calendar for December 2 – 18, 2011