From physical challenges and creative workshops to activities that get your heart racing and those that get your brain ticking, there are plenty of things to choose from if you want to get your work colleagues together.
Of course, finding the best team building activities in Ottawa can be hard. And, with such a huge choice, where do you even start? But don’t worry. We’ve pulled together our top picks and even included the website links and contact details if you do decide to book one. So, without further ado, here are the ultimate team building activities in Ottawa for all group sizes and budgets.
1. CluedUpp Games - Covid friendly get-togethers
Don’t worry. This isn’t just another corporate event for Ottawa businesses that pledges to be different from the rest - when, in fact, it’s just another activity in a conference room. CluedUpp really is different and, so far, over a million people have taken part. Just think of it like your typical murder mystery board game but 100 times better.
In groups, and using an award-winning smartphone app, you’ll solve puzzles and work out a series of brain-teasers as you explore a location of your choice in Ottawa and find those all-important clues. The aim of the experience is to find out who the culprit is and what weapon was used.
You won’t need any other equipment, and you choose whether to walk or run around the city, making it a great choice for all ages and fitness abilities. Even better, the event takes place outdoors, which means you can rest assured that your meet-up is as safe as can be during Covid-19 times.
Oh, and did we mention that there’s a variety of themes to choose from, including Sneaky Finders, The Ripper, Witchcraft and Wizardry, The Latest Krays, and CSI? In fact, it’s never been easier to tailor your business away-day.
2. Minute To Win It - Fun, indoor team building ideas near Ottawa
Based on the famous TV show, your team will compete in a series of fun and creative challenges, indoors. But don’t get too comfy, you’ll only have 60 seconds to complete each round - and let us tell you, that’s not long!
Suitable for all group sizes and ages, this is a great way to get to know each other, build essential communication skills and think outside the box. While team names are a must - it’s up to you whether you want to come up with a team chant too. If you’re asking us, we think that’s a must too.
The winning team is the one who wins the most challenges. What they win is completely up to you though…
3. Cake Boss - Tasty treats for the whole team
The best team building activities for Ottawa companies don’t have to require physical skills or lots of thinking. In fact, this one simply requires a little creativity and a sweet tooth!
It begins with a few fun challenges, in which groups will win - or lose - goods from the Bake Shop. Once done, it’s time to start designing a delicious masterpiece in your very own bakery. Here, everything is provided including aprons, spoons, mixers and more.
It’s not just about who can handle the heat in the kitchen. You see, as well as a delicious cake, the judges will want to see a sweet business idea, a business theme and strategy and even a self-built bake stand.
Everyone’s a winner though as the event concludes with an awards ceremony. You won’t just go home with a certificate either but also memories, bonds and a better understanding of each other.
Phone: 1 (800) 380 1385
4. Storytelling Workshops - Relaxed team building activities in Ottawa
What better way to get to know people in your team that you might not know very well than by sitting around a table and listening to them. In this day and age, many people have forgotten about the power of simply speaking and hearing - and this corporate event for Ottawa businesses takes it back to basics.
Led by storytelling masters, your group will discover simple tips and tricks for telling better stories, how to improve their speech and the importance of facial expressions, which is great if your employees have a customer-facing role. Not just that but you’ll be given the opportunity to tell your very own story and open up in front of others.
This calm and interactive activity is a great way to brush up on new skills and will foster an uplifting and positive attitude amongst colleagues. Even better, these new skills are bound to be useful in the workplace.
Phone: +1 800-683-8494
5. Drumming Masterclass - An invigorating and motivational session
Okay, so you might have read the word ‘drumming’ and think you know what this session is all about. But instead, this experience combines drumming with meditation to bring you DRŌM™.
Ideal for relieving stress, anxiety, tension and clouded thoughts, this unique activity can help employees of all ages to let off steam, boost confidence and will take their minds off work for at least 60 minutes.
Put simply, your group will use an exercise ball to drum and bang on as you use movement and mindfulness to connect and stimulate your body and brain. Plus, even if you’ve never tried mindfulness before or are a little skeptical, this activity is guaranteed to get everyone laughing.
Phone: 647 277 1185
6. Spy Nation - A unique and immersive experience for colleagues
So your line of work might not require you to be an expert in surveillance. But, you’ve got to admit, this is one of the coolest team building ideas around Ottawa.
In groups, you’ll be sent to spy school - learning everything you need to know about the world of espionage before being sent on your very own mission. From surveillance and counterintelligence to agent recruitment and the use of covert communications and photography, you’ll be giving James Bond a run for his money in no time.
Plus, you never know when your new-found skills will come in handy. Every office has a bit of gossip now and then.
Phone: (613) 800-7595
7. Smash Room - A great way to let off steam
Work can get to the best of us and while you might want to run around screaming and push over the photocopier on a daily basis, it’s probably best not to. The Smash Room, however, is a place where you can ruin whatever is in your sight.
Have a laugh, relieve stress and anxiety, and show your colleagues what you’re made of as you smash up items in the room. Take your pick from the weapons, let out some shouts if you need to and, afterwards, just walk away from all the mess. You can even choose what you want to smash up - from glassware to large pieces of furniture.
While this team building activity might not be about working on communication and teamwork, it’s amazing how well people bond over their pent-up frustration…
Phone: 1 (613) 724-3013
8. Archery Games - Release a little friendly competition amongst work colleagues
It’s one of the world’s fastest growing sports for a good reason, and Archery Tag is one of the best team building activities for Ottawa groups.
Think of it like the popular game of dodgeball but, instead of using a ball, you play with specially-built arrows that have a foam tip. Split into groups, you’ll have to chase your opponents, throwing your arrow at them to try and get them out.
It’s fun, fast-paced and a great way to get all ages together. It’s also ideal if you have a mix of introverts and extroverts within your business, and will give your colleagues something to talk about when they next bump into each other.
Phone: +1 613-523-2282
9. The Pitch - Non-physical activities that everyone will enjoy
Not everyone will want to take part in team building activities that require a lot of running, or physical ability. For that reason, The Pitch is a great alternative.
In groups, you’ll be asked to come up with an idea for a new product before marketing and pitching it to the judges. Using teamwork, communication, innovative thinking and a little business acumen, you’ll have to answer a series of questions about your product - and prove that it deserves to win!
It’s a focused and unique activity that’s great for motivating and inspiring minds. Many even find that it’s a useful task if creativity has been struggling within the team.
Phone: +1 866 737 1750