Including an impressive selection of team building and spousal activity options can increase delegate attendance (and the fun meter) at your next meeting. Here are a few activity ideas that will get your group excited about attending your corporate event in Kelowna, and ensure glowing post-event surveys.
1. A Helicopter Tour With A Stop For Dinner at a Winery
Who doesn’t want to get a guided tour above the city? This is perfect for smaller group events where you can host and give them insider knowledge on the area. You can share all the great hiking trails, point out the hot spots to visit and land in the vineyard so that you can enjoy a great Chef’s Table Dinner. To you’re your tour contact Valhalla Helicopters, Alpine Helicopters, Ikon Adventures, or Graham Helicopters are all happy to host tours above the city and know which wineries have landing pads so that you can impress your guests.
2. Host Your Own Cooking Competition
Gather everyone into groups for larger events or have delegates compete on their own for your smaller meetings. This is great for team building as it gets everyone working together and brings out that little bit of competitiveness that is in all of us. Looking for a spot to host your own culinary cook-off, try the Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Resort, or Okanagan College as they have commercial kitchens or the Laurel Packinghouse has a great space that you can set up and create kitchen stations in the room (I’ve been part of a group that has done this). It’s not just fun to be a part of the competition but also very entertaining to watch.
Whether you want to set up a morning of social golfing, run a tournament by taking over a golf course such as The Harvest Golf Club, Gallagher’s Canyon Golf and Country Club or visit Kelowna’s putting course 19 Greens there is a golf option for even non golfers and a great way to enjoy being outdoors. Courses in Kelowna begin to open in March and close in late October/early November.
4. Hit The Water
Our early spring weather gives you the option to host your group out on Okanagan Lake. Enjoy floating on a pontoon boat available from the Hotel Eldorado Marina or Dockside Marine, host a dinner cruise with Kelowna Cruises or hit the water with Downtown Kelowna Marina.
5. Take A Downtown Cycle Tour
Visit breweries, wineries and a distilleries while exploring Downtown Kelowna on a bicycle made for 15. Pedal your way on Kelowna’s own Smile Cycle Tours.
Our community has many options throughout the year to help one of our local non-profits by volunteering with them for a few hours. Some options include cooking a meal at the Kelowna Gospel Mission, help sort donations and prepare baskets at the Central Okanagan Foodbank, bring your group together for a private soup making event that supports the Kelowna Womens Shelter with Soup Sisters Kelowna, or support mental health by working on the farm with local chefs at Start Fresh Kitchen.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about these and more activities and the many other ways Tourism Kelowna can assist with your next corporate event.
Christina Ferreira is the owner of Impact Events & Brand Management located in Kelowna. When not helping businesses with their events and getting their brand out to the world she’s busy exploring the Okanagan’s beaches, wineries, patios and hiking with her dogs Grace and Penny.