Montreal’s tech sector is booming. A wave of start-ups and global innovators has landed, bringing with it the industry’s “work hard, play hard” culture. Nowhere is this influence more evident than in Montreal’s growing variety of group activities that foster team-building benefits like boosted morale and bolstered employee engagement. Here are five great activities to include in your company’s next corporate getaway.
1. The Icebreaker: Rage Axe Throwing
Accommodating up to 60 people across 11 throwing lanes, Rage Axe Throwing is an ideal spot for an icebreaker activity. Participants are divided into small groups – for safety reasons, Rage usually imposes a limit of three to a lane at any time – and instructed in safe throwing techniques. For an additional challenge, tally each team’s scores and name a winning trio. If the whimsy of throwing an axe at a wall doesn’t get your group laughing, just wait until the team photo opportunity – prop axes and intimidating poses are mandatory.
2. The Bonding Exercise: MTL Zipline
Promising a 1,197-foot glide at speeds of 25–37 miles per hour, while hanging 85 feet above the Old Port of Montreal, MTL Zipline will undoubtedly encourage team bonding. Participants zip across the Bonsecours Basin two at a time, sharing an experience they’ll remember long after the getaway. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.
3. The Creative Challenge: Aquazilla
Waterslides aren’t just for kids at Aquazilla. This aquatic obstacle course is harder than it looks – to complete it, your team will need to collaborate on creative approaches to the slippery surfaces and strength tests. Since Aquazilla sits within Parc Jean-Drapeau, consider scheduling this activity before a block of free time. Attendees can explore the park’s hiking trails, walk the track at Circuit Gilles‑Villeneuve, or keep splashing at Jean‑Doré Beach.
4. The Learning Opportunity: Maeva Surf
Laval may not rank among the world’s great surfing destinations, but any local will tell you that Maeva Surf‘s indoor wave has something more important going for it: it’s winter-proof. That makes surfing at this locale an excellent year-round team-building exercise for groups of up to 16. After learning to master a human-made wave in under an hour, participants will feel accomplished – and capable of taking on any new responsibilities that come their way.
5. The Leadership Challenge: EZKAPAZ
EZKAPAZ offers three escape room challenges accommodating up to 20 participants – custom experiences can be designed for larger groups. The basics are the same across the various escape rooms: A group must work together to solve a problem before the one-hour time limit expires. Participants must identify their strengths and weaknesses, define roles within their teams, and agree on who will lead them to victory.
No matter what team-building activity brings you to Montreal, there’s a Hilton nearby. The Hampton Inn and Suites Montreal Dorval has seven meeting rooms to accommodate simultaneous sessions, the Hilton Montreal/Laval specializes in small groups, the Hilton Garden Inn Montreal Airport offers a variety of different spaces and the DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal Airport offers a 2,160-square-foot space for larger teams.
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