With Canadians spending more hours than ever at work, providing an environment that keeps employees motivated and passionate is essential. Breaking up the nine-to-five hustle with a twist to the usual routine in the form of a unique and exciting outing once and a while is a great way to show your employees that you care and is sure to refuel the energy and uplift the vibe in the office. We’ve found the most unique five corporate retreats in and around Ottawa to strengthen those important bonds and seriously boost the morale in any company.
Located only 90 minutes from Ottawa, Kenauk Nature describes itself as “the ideal place to host your corporate retreat”. Unique and remote, this is an escape from the city as well as a full blown digital detox coupled with some good old team bonding. If you’re looking for accommodation, they offer rustic chalets situated on secluded lakes with large dining room tables and open concept living areas. With flexible all-inclusive packages, your company’s needs are a top priority with options for transportation, food and activities with knowledgeable guides and coordinators. In the summertime, the lake is open for exploration via canoe or kayak. Or perhaps you’d like to step it up a notch and get a little adventurous with land rover experiences, float plane excursions and motor boat scavenger hunts. In the winter months there’s snowshoeing, dog sledding, cross country skiing and ice fishing. With 100 sq. mile, and 65,000 acres of wilderness Kenauk certainly offers a unique and unforgettable staff retreat.
Put on your plaid, grab an axe and prepare to let out all of your pent-up aggression while at Lumberjaxe Ottawa. Claiming to be much more than “just another axe throwing bar”, here you can connect with your coworkers, share a unique experience and build each other up while taking part in this modern-day sport. Private axe throwing events offer both practice and coaching from the experts followed by a round robin group playoff tournament. After Lumberjaxe opened its first location in Athens Georgia back in 2019, it wasn’t long before they brought the trendy activity to the nation’s capital. With the prospect of a little friendly competition, this unique activity is sure to provide a memorable experience that will be relived for weeks to come around the water cooler. Snacks are available for purchase and there are flexible catering options. And yes, they serve a wide range of beer, wine and ciders. Losers buy drinks!
Jask Salon & Spa
A mani/pedi, massage or facial – pick your poison. Whatever it is, Jask Salon & Day Spa has your team covered. By providing the finest in beauty services, enhancing your sense of well being and promoting complete relaxation, you and your stressed out coworkers can forget all about the nine-to-five and simply relax – all you prepare for is a pampering session. Their intimate space in Stittsville offers a serene hideaway with a relaxing atmosphere conducive to recharging your energy for the busy months ahead.
The Urban Element
Escape from the daily monotony and indulge in some tasty corporate team building. The Urban Element allows attendees to mix and mingle at their 20 foot dining table, which doubles as a board room space, whether hosting a group meeting, training session or retreat. But it’s definitely not all work and no play. They will further custom design a productive agenda that can be combined with a hands-on cooking class, wine tasting or workshop. With three-course menus that vary with the seasons, they claim that “the kitchen will be the catalyst in creating group challenges that initiate change, team success and enhance natural team camaraderie.” The Urban Element’s heritage venue in the heart of Ottawa includes a professional, show-quality kitchen, liquor license, local parking options, wheelchair accessibility, wi-fi, and sound system. Enhanced audio/visual can be arranged.
Beyond Yoga Studio & Wellness Centre
From sun salutations to savasana, your team will have the perfect opportunity to unwind and let go at Beyond Yoga’s spacious sanctuary. Leave rejuvenated and totally prepared to tackle your next challenge with a one hour group customized yoga class followed by a healthy snack and tea. Beyond Yoga claims to assist organizations wellness services by reaching beyond the basics. “Our state of the art facility, dynamic interactive workshops and highly skilled presenters reach employees on a different level with health and wellness programs that they can embrace and use at work every day,” states the website.