You might start to notice something around the office called the mid-season slumps – that’s a technical term by the way – and the best antidote is getting the gang out of their cubicles for a team-building day. Here are three ideas for office away days just west of Edmonton in the Tri-region.
Image: one big happy – and relaxed – team from Putting Horse Ranch on Facebook.
Meet in a heritage house
Get your team away from the hum-drum daily routine by meeting at a provincial historic site. The Multicultural Heritage Centre in Stony Plain is housed in an old brick school with meeting spaces, community archives, an art gallery and restaurant – we’re talking the best fresh-baked pie around. Also on the grounds – a 1910 heritage home with general store inside and a big demonstration farm.
You can book small meeting spaces or a large dining room that can seat up to 50. The centre can also provide catering through the Homesteader’s Kitchen. Now fifteen kinds of pie will surely increase productivity – eh, boss?
Golf, trail rides and BBQ
Putting Horse Ranch is a popular corporate event venue, just 30 minutes west along the Yellowhead. This is a perfect place for banquets, corporate thank-you events and team-building days. Their indoor meeting room is ideal for special presentations and blue-sky thinking brainstorming days – and they’ll cater your lunch onsite too.
And keeners who are thinking ahead for next spring and summer, can plan a tournament on the scenic golf course and an outdoor BBQ for up to 80 people. It only takes a couple of hours to play the all-putting course’s 18 holes – and starting in the spring of 2015 you can add a horseback ride to your team day. Golf, BBQ and a trail ride – talk about a sure-fire way to build team spirit and morale.
Blow off some steam
You know your team best – maybe what you really need is a day away to blow off some steam. We have one word for you: PAINTBALL! The Tri-region has three paintball courses – so you can spend a day running around outside, raising heck and making everyone call you Sarge.
Young Guns Paintball – 20 minutes west of Edmonton – has 20 ranges including a Wild West town, an old motel, a fort and a graveyard. During the cold months, you can rent high-pressure guns and winter paint – and in the summer you can end the day at one of five BBQ pits.
Blindgunner in Wabamun has six ranges and a BBQ, fire pit and picnic tables in the staging area. And Tactical Anarchy in Tomahawk, south of Lake Wabamun, offers group packages for a four or six-hour mission – should you choose to accept it – on their six separate courses over 60 wooded acres.