Planning a staff retreat? Toronto is the perfect place to hold your next group getaway. From escape rooms to cruises, “the 6ix” is packed with activities that offer ample meeting space and fun team-building experiences – and we’ve compiled some of the best.
A friendly ping-pong competition makes a great icebreaker that naturally sparks conversation and camaraderie. Your group is bound to have a ball at SPiN – a 12,000-square-foot ping-pong bar and club in downtown Toronto that’s set up for parties and corporate events. At your disposal are two licensed bars, 12 ping-pong tables, a lounge, a private party room, and a menu that features shareable snacks.
SPiN is also a short 15-minute walk or five-minute taxi ride from the Hilton Toronto – which houses an expansive 20,000-square-foot refurbished event space that can accommodate groups ranging anywhere from two to 2,000 people.
A popular GTA attraction, Canada’s Wonderland has more than 200 attractions and 70 rides, including 16 heart-thumping rollercoasters, a sprawling 20-acre water park, and the Leviathan – Canada’s tallest and fastest coaster.
It’s also a great venue for group meetings and corporate events. The park can help organize fun, interactive team-building experiences, such as the “AppMazing Race” (an app-based Scavenger Hunt) and “Case Cracker” (a race to unlock a briefcase and solve the mystery within). All are customizable to suit your specific needs and designed to boost employee communication, collaboration, and problem-solving – while having a blast together.
Afterward, your team can relax at the nearby Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites in Mississauga. It’s only 20 minutes from the park and has fun amenities such as an indoor pool, basketball nets, table tennis, and squash courts. It’s also well-equipped to handle group and corporate events of any size, boasting 19 meeting groups, a 10,000-square-foot ballroom with column-free space, and a team of professionals to help coordinate the event from start to finish.
What better way to show staff appreciation than by taking a relaxing cruise on Lake Ontario? Departing from the Toronto Harbourfront, a private boat with Mariposa Cruises includes a buffet lunch, a DJ, and a licensed cash bar for your staff to enjoy, as well as spectacular skyline views. Corporate clients can also opt for a special “team-building package” that integrates an hour of games geared to boost communication, trust, problem-solving, adaptability, and creativity among participants.
Black Creek Pioneer Village
A historic village and museum, Black Creek Pioneer Village offers more than old-timey wagon rides and butter-churning demonstrations. It’s also ground zero for “Where the Dark Things Dwell” – a thrilling escape game that traps your troupe in a doomed village controlled by deranged cultists. Split into teams, each group works together to solve a series of puzzles and challenges to break the curse in under 90 minutes.
After such an exhilarating day, unwind at the DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto Airport, a stylish hotel that’s only a 15-minute drive from Black Creek Pioneer Village. It can accommodate meetings for up to 180 people in its 7,000 square foot event space, and has a heated indoor pool and on-site restaurant for after-hours celebrations.
Did you know that Hilton provides an event planner to help organize every detail? Click here to view Hilton hotels, all of which can accommodate small to large meetings and events and are conveniently spread across the GTA.