Businesses everywhere are looking for ways to bring their teams together. In the era of the “new workplace” we have hybrid work, difficulty attracting & retaining talent, and an ever-growing awareness of workplace mental health. Businesses are dealing with unique challenges as we dip our toes into a post-pandemic world. No wonder so many workplaces are looking for team building activities!
A team building activity can help bridge the gap between work-from-home and in-office team members. Even if your team is working in the same physical space, when you plan a fun, engaging experience for your office it strengthens workplace bonds, which translates into happier employees.
Here’s a list of the Top 12 Team Building Experiences in Vancouver.
We’ve seen the way a Foodie Tour can bring people together! Sharing a meal creates greater empathy and understanding between people and facilitates conversation. Businesses in Vancouver should check out the Authentic Asian Eats Tour, based in Richmond. Take your team on a “trip to Asia” in our own backyard, and let our knowledgeable guides do the rest. We offer fun team building Private Tours that can be personalised to your group.
Forbidden Vancouver offers historical walking tours in Gastown, Stanley Park, and the West End. We especially love their Lost Souls of Gastown Tour, which is a gothic adventure led by an actor in character- so it’s almost like a roaming one-person play! Or, check out their Really Gay History Tour if you’re looking to raise the LGBTQIA2+ awareness in your organization.
Imagine your team decked out on Seadoos at dawn, spotting seals and ocean life before heading to Bowen Island. The Ocean is Yours Tour is just one experience Vancouver Water Adventure offers of their large catalogue! They also offer boats, kayaks, and stand up paddleboards for tours and rentals.
4. Cycle City
Cycle City offers a selection of fun bicycle tours for your team! Choose from their great offerings (their Sunset Bike Tour is a great summer ride!) or get them to plan a route just for you. Their Private Bike Tours can be customised for itinerary, departure times, pace, and services (they’ll even bring the bikes to you!). Bonus: their rental stock is great quality, and you can choose from several styles of bikes including electric bikes for team members who haven’t ridden in a while.
Connect your team over some delicious cocktails with a mixology class by Lavish Liquid. Their expert bartenders will lead your employees through an in-person or virtual cocktail making lesson, then you can all enjoy the cocktails together! They offer a variety of options including mixology competitions between colleagues.
Teamland is a Toronto based company that curate a variety of team building activities that can be done in person, virtually, or hybrid. They offer experiences from different team-building vendors across the world. Want to play Squid Game with your team (no one will get hurt, promise!)? What about Drag Bingo? Or a Soap Making Workshop? Find a plethora of team bonding experiences on their website.
Teambonding makes choosing your activity easy by allowing you to filter by category, format, outcome, and group size. One of their most popular experiences is The Mystery Bus, where they transport your team by bus to 3-4 surprise locations. Or check out their Safari– a augmented reality game that makes working together fun.
8. Team Higher Ground (THG)
Team Higher Ground offers 50+ team building events meant to “Motivate, Unite, and Celebrate your People”. They offer a variety of experiences from charities, culinary, indoor/outdoor, learning and more.
Team building may not be the first thing you think of when you think of Grouse Mountain, but they have amazing team building activities. Think axe throwing, exploring hidden areas, scavenger hunts, and challenging team activities. Get some adventure in with your team building!
A great outdoor team building activity, based around themes such as Crime in Downtown, Secret Mission, and Heroes & Villains. Their mystery tours take you around downtown Vancouver for up to 2 hours of exploring. They also offer virtual games and games that can be delivered to your office!
11. JAM Events
“Work Needs Play.” Connect your team with JAM through virtual, hybrid, or in-person events. Choose from Games like amazing races, scavenger hunts, and game days, or Sports such as office olympics, field days, and corporate leagues.
Tightrope is a great local improv theatre offering classes, shows, and events. We love the idea of introducing Improv to your company to bring your team together! Their diverse team of facilitators are versed in both improv and business, so they really understand how they can bring positive change to your company.
For businesses looking to bring their teams together, choose a local business that compliments your company culture. If you’re looking to shake things up at work, why not choose something a bit out of their comfort zone for maximum bonding? Any of these team building experiences would help build relationships between your employees.
We’d love to lead your team through a delicious Foodie Tour, sure to get them talking before, during, and after the event! For more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.