10 Okanagan Team Building Activities For Your Next Kelowna Corporate Event

Looking for team building activities and events for your next corporate event in Kelowna? Our partners provide a variety of team building activities and games, corporate event challenges and team building experiences designed to increase team morale and inspire corporate groups.

The Cove team has put together a list of 10 team building activity ideas that will get your group excited about attending your event in Kelowna and drive employee engagement.

1. Build a Boat or Flat Out Afloat

Teams utilize a variety of items or unlikely building materials that they need to build a structure to get them across the water hazard of Okanagan Lake. Teams take to the water in either a race, regatta, sea battle or full-blown adventure to recover sunken treasure. These floating structures sometimes make it, while getting wet is a common occurrence.

 

2. Survivor Challenge or Survivor Island

This event calls on teams to utilize their strengths to reach common goals and to complete a series of challenges. A mixture of custom designed challenges that test both mental and physical abilities, will exercise your staff’s time management skills, strategic thinking, and trust in each other, while fostering camaraderie.

 

3. Build a Bike or Helping Hands

A truly unique experience for organizations to make a difference in the real world while building team cohesion. Bikes – teambuilding – giving back – amazing kids – what a combo! This activity is amazing at team engagement plus the joy of giving back to some much deserving kids at the end of day. Hoodoo also has the option of assembling artificial hands for donation to a third world country. Any of these people, without your support, would never otherwise be able to afford these items.

 

4. Build a Racecar – Flat Out Formula One

The ultimate team test, where working effectively and efficiently means milliseconds – the difference between the podium and the pits. Flat Out Formula 1 tests the communication skills, collaboration and resourcefulness of your team whilst constructing the ultimate model kit – an almost full scale Formula 1 racing car!

 

5. Art Attack or The Big Picture

Check out the creative and artistic talent on your team. In this session, participants will create works of art and exciting designs that can be themed to the particular meeting or company aspirations. It’s time to frame up!

 

 

6. Scavenger Hunt – Quest Challenge

Our exciting ultimate scavenger hunt brings out the best in your team. This race style activity can be customized for many locations and can add or remove items to create an incredible and exciting team building experience.

 

7. Hole in One

This is a charity challenge that tasks teams to build their own crazy golf course constructed with non-perishable food items donated by the participants. The game ties in elements of creative resource management, planning and customer relationship management, teams find themselves in the interesting position of designing a section of course for another team to build (and vice-versa). Plan, discuss, build, play and laugh your way through a team activity that gives back, a fun fi I led with rewarding experience for both for the mind and community.

 

8. Canadiana Games

Have you ever launched a beaver, engaged in the goose egg challenge, or fed a bear? This team building activities is an amazing event to create some serious fun within a group. Mainly an outdoor large scale activity, your team will have an amazing day Canadian style, eh!

 

9. Chain Reaction

Use this challenging team building activity to develop excellent teamwork and project management skills while stimulating creativity and innovation. Chain Reaction is fast becoming the ultimate team building event requiring proficient project management skills to design and build an intricate sequence of reactions. These ultimately lead to an exciting finale where all the creations are joined together to achieve a spectacular common goal.

 

 

10. Go Team

Using the latest in GPS and communication technology, Go Team is the most interactive and versatile application seen on the market. A voyage of discovery along an unknown path, with challenges to complete and knowledge to share as you discover that sometimes it is all about the journey! This competitive, fun and highly engaging activity can be used to enhance any event from a conference training session to a fun learning experience for students. It can be used as an interactive team based treasure trail chaIlenge or as a powerful interactive information delivery system for product launches, exhibitions, museums and art exhibits.

 

Corporate Team Building Partners

Don’t see a particular activity you were looking for? Reach out to our corporate event partners directly or visit their websites for a full list of all activities available and determine what will work best for your group.

 

Eventology

We create engaging, inspiring and educational events which get teams communicating and working effectively together. We believe working in a team should be as fun and exciting as the end result. Canada, especially the Okanagan, offers one of the best natural outdoor playgrounds in the world, so get out there and promote well-being within your team; hiking, scavenger hunts, patio drinks, outdoor CSR, crazy golf, boat building. So many options and opportunities to make them smile, improve communication and encourage those relationships to last a lifetime.

 

Corporate Play People

Our Corporate Team Building creates TEAM SUCCESS through educational and entertaining corporate team building programs. The Corporate Play People™ innovative concepts provides a variety of games, initiatives and challenges designed to create inspired teams and are full of purpose, passion, and of course, PLAY(aka serious fun). At the Corporate Play People™, we strive to connect people, enhance relationships, increase team communication and ultimately create inspired company cultures.

 

Hoodoo Adventures

Our activities offer the perfect opportunity to bond away from the office walls. We guarantee that this bond will return to the workplace and enhance your work day! Tailored to your needs these events can be run from almost any location and are sure to motivate and improve interpersonal relationships of individuals and groups, facilitating greater profitability through inspired teamwork. Events run from 2 hours to a full day and include camaraderie, fun, strategy, trust, time management and more!

 

 

Corporate Meetings & Events at The Cove Lakeside Resort

If you’re planning on attending or hosting an event in the Okanagan, The Cove Lakeside Resort offers the ideal setting for your corporate meeting, event or retreat.

We are passionate about producing memorable meeting and event experiences. We are exclusive and original, and we take meetings and events to the next level. Most importantly, we save you time and help you shine by offering you a virtual home office in the heart of the Okanagan.

When it comes to offsite events, we can arrange memorable Okanagan experiences that fully capture the essence of the Okanagan lifestyle. In addition to recommending and arranging quality transportation, we can design a range of group experiences, from wine tastings and private dinners to golfing, lake activities, cycling or hiking excursions, and corporate team building activities.

 

Our team at The Cove Lakeside Resort wants to make your corporate gathering the best trip imaginable. Contact us to plan your next team building trip or team retreat.

Travelling Kelowna on a Budget: Tips from Kelowna Hotel

Worried about travelling Kelowna on a budget? You’re in luck; with gorgeous Summer weather, plenty of beaches and tons of hiking trails, there will always be something free to do in this beautiful city.

Just bring some good walking (or hiking) shoes, a towel, flip-flops, bathing suit, sunscreen and a water bottle (to keep hydrated) and you’ll be set. Aside from accommodation and transportation costs, you can enjoy Kelowna without having to spend a ton of money.

Travelling Kelowna on a budget is easy, and, you’ll still be guaranteed a great vacation. Below are some budget-friendly (and mostly free) Kelowna attractions!

First Stop: The Kelowna Visitor Centre

The Kelowna Visitor Info Centre is located downtown, at 238 Queensway. The centre is open every day from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm. Whether you’re travelling Kelowna on a budget or not, the Visitor Centre staff will help you plan your perfect Okanagan holiday. They’re happy to provide you with maps, detailed directions and the latest information on attractions and events. You’ll find a large selection of free tourist services and attractions brochures to choose from as well.

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Kelowna Beaches to Cool off at

When you first arrive in Kelowna, it’s likely you’ll want to have a quick dip in the lake to cool off! Most of Kelowna’s parks feature sandy beaches and several have watersport rentals available (if you’re willing to splurge). You can stay all day, and since many of the beaches and parks are close together, make a day out of it and go beach-hopping! Or stay all day and relax. Build a sandcastle or go for a walk. The parks and beaches around Kelowna are scenic, so don’t forget your cameras!

With over 30 beaches it may be hard to choose, but here are the top 7 beaches (in our opinion):

Kelowna Art Galleries

Kelowna’s thriving arts scene includes many lively artist studios and stunning art galleries. Take in the colours and brush strokes on vibrant canvases in Kelowna’s galleries and meet artists at work in their studio environments. It’s an inspirational side of Kelowna that is sure to liven up your getaway. Below are some art galleries you’ll enjoy visiting during your stay in Kelowna.

Knox Mountain Apex trail overlooking City of Kelowna travelling Kelowna on a budget

Hiking Trails in Kelowna

Love hiking or walking in the great outdoors? Hit the trails and enjoy some Kelowna scenery. The trails and parks below range in level from easy to difficult and are perfect if you’re travelling Kelowna on a budget; these hiking trails are in town (so doesn’t require a costly cab ride or city transit excursion), yet you’re able to experience the serenity and beauty of nature.

For more hiking trails, click here.

Kelowna Museums

Find out why Kelowna is one of the nation’s most enchanting cities by taking a tour through Kelowna’s rich and diverse history. Try on some military costumes at the Okanagan Military Museum or learn more about the Okanagan Valley pre-settlement. Below are some great places to learn about Kelowna’s history:

Free Live Entertainment in Kelowna

From lakeside events to art shows to major concerts and exciting activities, Parks Alive hosts a variety of events throughout the Summer. So splurge on some local ice cream, find yourself a patch of grass to sit on, and chill to some local live music (while it’s still hot and sunny out at 9 pm!).

Click here to check out upcoming Parks Alive events and locations!

girl in red skirt in lavender field travelling Kelowna on a budget

Other Budget-Friendly Attractions in Kelowna

Free Guided or Self-Guided Tours of Kelowna’s Cultural District

The guided walking tours run from July 7 to Aug. 27, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Residents and visitors are invited to follow a two-kilometre route that begins and ends at the Laurel Packinghouse, located at the corner of Ellis Street and Cawston Avenue. Points of interest along the route include public art installations, Kasugai Gardens and cultural venues such as the Kelowna Art Gallery and the Kelowna Community Theatre. Registration is not required and all tours are free.

If you’re not in Kelowna during a designated guided tour time, you can do a self-guided tour with the help of this self-guided cultural district walking tour brochure map here.

Kelowna Lavender Shop & Farm

Enjoy a sample of tea and a stunning view of the valley as you discover Kelowna Lavender Farm’s unique, handmade products, produced on-site. Smell their small-batch distilled essential oils and hydrosols or blend your own custom hydrosol spray at their Aromatherapy bar. Step outside the shop and discover the farm’s interactive displays and all the plants and herbs are grown on the farm.

Arlo’s Honey Farm

Want to see bees creating honey (from a safe distance)? Head to Kelowna Arlo’s Honey Farm! They also have a Gift Shop that offers free honey sample tastings and sells honey products and natural/honey-based skincare products.

Kelowna’s City Transit Schedule

If you’re travelling Kelowna on a budget, taking the Kelowna city bus is a great option. There are many times and routes to choose from and the main bus hub is located Downtown Kelowna where there’s a plethora of beaches, parks, and restaurants. You can see the city transit schedule here.

The city transit routes also run by many Kelowna hotels.

exterior of Kanata Inns Kelowna travelling Kelowna on a budget

Travelling Kelowna on a Budget? The Best Option for Your Next Kelowna Accommodation—Kanata Inns

If you’re travelling Kelowna on a budget, but still want a high-quality accommodation experience, Kanata Kelowna is the perfect option for you and your family. The Kanata Conference Centre and Hotel in Kelowna are conveniently located minutes from downtown Kelowna and the Kelowna International Airport. Some featured amenities include a hot tub, pool, and waterslides. We also have a fitness centre, guest laundry facilities and provide our guests with a Great Canadian Breakfast, serviced fresh every morning.

Travelling Kelowna on a budget but want high-quality accommodation service? Contact our “Eh” Team today to book your room!