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By Amelie Dube
Does your team need to unwind, boost their morale or just enjoy some fun activities together? Fret not, we’ve got a list today that will help you with all of that!
We went all around the city searching for the best team building activities in Edmonton and have come up with this article today. Our choices were based on customer reviews, level of collaborative experience, and the company’s reputations.
Let’s go ahead and take a look at the top team building activities in Edmonton but we’ll need to talk about how much this is all going to cost first.
How Much Do Team Building Activities Cost in Edmonton?
The total cost of a team building activity will depend on two things: the type of activity and the number of people involved.
Smaller companies can often get by with very informal team building activities that can modestly cost anywhere from $10-$50 per person. However, for those organizing a formal event, the costs can skyrocket, especially if food and lodging is included.
For medium business or large companies, we’ve compiled the average estimated price of a team building event based on the number of participants in the table below.
|Number of Participants||Price range – Half day||Price range – Full day|
|100||$9,000-$15,600||$10,600 – $18,000|
The Best Team Building Activities in Edmonton
Now that you know what to expect when holding a team building event, we can now take a look at our picks for the top team building activities in Edmonton.
1. Escape Hour
|ROOM TYPES||Five Lives, Bank Heist, Matrix Theme, 5 Elements, Senator’s Battle, Themed Rooms, Themed Events|
|ADDRESS||Unit 236, 10025 102A Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 2Z2|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: (780) 901-5888 |
Email: [email protected]
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday: Closed |
Tuesday to Thursday: 12:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday: 12:00 pm – 11:15pm
Saturday to Sunday: 10:00am – 11:45pm
Escape Hour places you inside of a room for sixty minutes to solve riddles, puzzles and to find hidden items. There are different themes and styles of play involved that ultimately revolve around finding a way to get out of the closed space.
These mystery-puzzle rooms are popular in the corporate world because it fosters teamwork and is one of the best ways to bond a team together. These fun and challenging escape rooms require that members work together to get out before time runs out.
We like this activity because it’s not so much a physical endeavor as it is about exercising a person’s mental aptitudes, problem-solving skills, and ability to handle stress under pressure. It’s a great way to have fun and train for real-world situations that may happen in the workplace as well.
Escape Hour can accommodate up to 70 people for any corporate event simultaneously, however, only 6-12 people can fit in a single room. With that said, this team building activity is better suited for small or medium-sized companies only.
Regardless, you’ll have five different rooms to choose from, namely Five Lives, Bank Heist, Matrix Theme, 5 Elements, and Senator’s Battle. To make things even more interesting, you can even suggest a theme for your team’s escape room to Escape Hour and they can craft custom puzzles for your event!
If you’re wondering about safety, don’t worry—you’ll have a dedicated GameMaster watching out over you during the entire game, and doors aren’t padlocked. But if any of your team members are claustrophobic, this may not be the activity for them.
Nevertheless, there’s no better way to have a team bond than to put them in a situation that forces them to work together. This is why Escape Hour earns a top spot on our list of the top team building activities.
Tracy Lazaroff had never been to an escape room before and she appreciated the help the Gamemaster at Escape Hour offered when they couldn’t figure it out. She writes:
“I really enjoyed the experience at Escape hour. Our game master, Kenton Clark was really helpful when we were stuck. He was kind and made the experience fun. I really appreciated the way that he helped us through. We were pretty new to escape rooms so we needed a lot of help. It is a great way to celebrate a birthday or other event, or just as a fun date night.”
Erdogan Gorth, another customer, was already familiar with escape rooms but appreciated the fresh take that Escape Hour had on the puzzles. He shares:
“My group and I had a wonderful experience at Escape Hour. The room was very unique and provided a different style of how a regular escape room works. Kenton and Cory were very helpful throughout the process and generous.”
2. Laser City
|SERVICES||Laser Tag, Mini Paintball, VR Escape Rooms, Esports Tournaments, Birthday Parties, Group Events, Day Camps, Corporate Events|
|ADDRESS||5104 67 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB, T6B 3N9|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: (780) 800-4920 |
Email: [email protected]
Laser City is one of Edmonton’s newest laser tag facilities and is a great way for your team to group up and engage in some friendly and fun competition.
We like Laser City because they also offer Mini Paintball for kids between 8 to 12 years old and Virtual Reality Escape Rooms. So whether you’re holding a corporate event or taking out a little league team for fun, Laser City is great for all ages.
Laser City can accommodate groups of up to 100 people, but you’ll need a minimum of at least 20 people so that each game is exclusive for your group. The more the merrier because up to 36 people can play a game at the same time!
Take note though that unless your group is over 20 players, all games are open to the public. So you’ll want to book and reserve during off-hours if you’re a small team and want a private game.
Laser City’s corporate package is priced at $25 per person, which includes three private games of laser tag, complimentary drinks, plates, and cutlery. You’ll have free use of the party area to eat or meet, and they’ll even provide a large screen projector if you need to make a presentation.
You can even bring in outside food for your event or you can have Laser City assist with organizing catering to make sure your event is a success. Take note that alcohol is not allowed inside to keep things family-friendly.
Each event you schedule is generally around 2-3 hours long and may extend if you’re having your meals at the facility. At the end of the event, each person will receive 1 free game voucher for a laser tag game in the future.
Brian Lee thoroughly enjoyed his time playing laser tag and commends the staff for being courteous. He writes:
“We had an amazing time at Laser City. Staff are friendly and courteous. The equipment and venue is so much fun. The venue is large and has 2 levels. At the same time everyone felt safe in having fun and an event leader was always active in the venue during the game.”
N Dekker organized an event to be held at Laser City and was pleased with how everything went smoothly. He shares:
“This is everything you would expect from a laser tag center. We booked an event here and they’ve had table set up for us. They rolled straight into games, didn’t have to wait long between games, and for very inexpensive were able to play three games as a group. they’re very well organized. they did a really good job. Thanks for the experience!”
3. Get Cooking
|SERVICES||In-Person Classes, Virtual Classes, Culinary Tours, Events|
|ADDRESS||MacEwan University Campus 11050 104 Avenue NW Edmonton AB, T5K 2Y9.|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: (780) 566-2106 |
Email: [email protected]
Get Cooking was established in 2009 by Kathryn Joel, a graduate of London’s Le Cordon Bleu and Leiths School of Food and Wine. The culinary school is located in downtown Edmonton, offering both virtual and traditional classes, catering, and corporate events.
Their idea to offer cooking as a team building experience stems from the concept that preparing a meal together is one of the best ways to bond. What’s more, you also get to enjoy a tasty meal afterward!
For your team building event, a culinary team at Get Cooking will collaborate with you to choose a menu that best suits your team’s interests, preferences, and budget. Each class will have two chef instructors who will teach team members how to create in-house recipes from scratch.
No skill level is needed and the informal setting allows your team to relax and be themselves without any pressure. The chef instructors will also have wine pairings available, ensuring that your event will be a great success!
A minimum of 10-12 participants needed for each class but Get Cooking is open to accepting smaller groups with advanced notice. Each class will cost $115, even if you have less than the minimum number of participants they require.
We like Get Cooking because of the range of cuisines that they teach, offering everything from Shrimp Empanadas, Seafood Paella, and Southern Fried Chicken, just to name a few. They also have vegan and vegetarian options available, which is perfect for those who have dietary restrictions.
Get Cooking earns a spot on our list of the best team building activities because it’s a laid-back and informal atmosphere for teams to bond over good food and wine.
Holly Gunderman, the General Manager of Indigospirit scheduled an event with Get Cooking with great success. This is her story:
“Thank you so much for creating such a fantastic event for us! Everyone had such a great time, even our non-cooks have been talking about recreating the recipes. Your whole team was amazing and created such a welcoming and fun learning environment. It made bringing a group of 40, 15 of those new to our group, together for our Manager connection time this week so easy. Creating the dishes together created some new friendships and brought our 3 regions together. We walked into our Tuesday meetings like we had known each other forever. “
Teryn W. of the Alberta Veterinary Technologist Association also had a team building event with Get Cooking. She writes:
“The team at Get Cooking is so great to work with to set up a virtual cooking event! They are very quick to respond to emails and work with you to set your private event up. Kathryn was able to give great suggestions for what to make during our event. Everyone who attended had a great time and feels confident making the meal on their own now! I will definitely book another event with Get Cooking!”
4. Operation City Quest
|SERVICES||Team Building event hunts, Birthday Party Hunts, Date Night Scavenger Hunts, Bachelorette Party Hunts|
|ADDRESS (MEETING POINT)||1 Sir Winston Churchill Square Edmonton, AB T5J, Canada|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: +1 843-212-6609 |
Email: [email protected]
|OPERATING HOURS||Wednesday to Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm|
Operation City Quest is a scavenger hunt that takes place in the heart of the city wherein participants use an app to look for items and fulfill specific objectives. It involves walking, teamwork, and an aptitude for solving puzzles.
Each scavenger hunt takes about two hours to complete and covers a distance of approximately two miles. Even though there’s moderate physical activity and walking involved, it’s suitable for most ages as long as the weather permits it.
After you’ve purchased your ticket, you’ll need to choose the date of your game. By choosing the Team Building Specialty version of the game, you’ll get a special hunt that’s different from the ones that the general public are privy to.
Operation City Quest can handle groups of up to 2,000 players for your event, where you’ll have a private leaderboard and can also put your company’s logo within the app. You’ll get live photo updates as players complete challenges and you can also create as many teams as you want.
Participants will be asked to search for items, points of interest, and landmarks around the city with each objective found equating to a point. Different challenges will arise during the game that need to be completed to progress throughout the different levels.
Operation City Quest has no time limit to complete all the objectives since there are hundreds of items that can be found, so you can use up the whole day if you want to. This can work to your advantage if the weather isn’t cooperative, especially since it’s an outdoor activity.
While there won’t be a physical host present to facilitate the game, a member of the staff is available via chat on the app to help you out. Participants are free to play the game on the schedule of their choosing, but customer support is only available during their operating hours.
5. Mini Golf Mania
|SERVICES||Party Rentals, In-Person Team Building, Virtual Team Building, Fun Casino Site, Party Games|
|ADDRESS||Edmonton, AB Canada|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: (780) 984-1085 |
Toll Free: +1-888-984-1085
Email: [email protected]
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm|
Our next activity was crafted by High 5 Teambuilding, a company that’s been specializing in creating parties and team activities in Edmonton since 2001. They offer a wide array of choices which include virtual options and even a full casino at your venue.
Mini Golf Mania is one of their most popular choices since it engages teams to work and think together. This highly collaborative experience needs at least 12 participants but can work for hundreds of members as well.
The purpose of the challenge is to create a golf hole with assorted food items provided by High 5. Points are awarded to the teams for the complexity and creativity of their designs.
While building the golf hole, participants will be given the opportunity to win additional materials to give their build an advantage. They’ll compete in a series of challenges with other teams which fosters friendly competition amongst each other.
After the holes are completed, some members of the team will be appointed to actually play the course, while others will coach and assist. Once the course is completed, the food items the holes are made of are collected and donated to a local food bank!
The only downside to this game is that it requires a large space of at least 100 square feet per team of six people. The more participants there are, the more space is needed, so this will only work if your venue can accommodate the space requirements.
Nevertheless, this fun and interactive game can last from 2 hours up to the whole day, depending on the number of people participating. However, more people involved means more food items accumulated for donation as well.
High 5 Teambuilding also offers several other activities to choose from which include game shows, races, and scavenger hunts, just to name a few. You can even hire them to organize your entire team building event with as many activities as you prefer!
Coldwell Banker, a client, thoroughly enjoyed the activities facilitated by High 5 Teambuilding. He shares:
“Oh my gosh so much fun! Everyone got right into the spirit of things and had a really good time, Thanks so much, you guys never disappoint. You are our “go to” entertainers.”
Alberta Investment Management Corp. hired High 5 to organize their event, which was a great success. They write:
“I wanted to pass on a great big THANK YOU to you and your team. Yesterday’s event was a huge success and it wouldn’t have been without you guys. You & your team made the process very painless and the event ran so smoothly! Thanks again!”
6. Movie Studio Mania
|SERVICES||Indoor, Chase, Culinary, Outdoor, Evening, Adventure-Learning|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: (780) 665-5155 |
Email: [email protected]
This next activity is also organized by a company that specializes in team building and corporate events. Team Higher Ground was founded in 1995 to provide engaging methods for corporate training but eventually focused its services on team building.
Although Team Higher Ground offers a wide array of different activities, Movie Studio is one of their more interesting offerings that promotes teamwork and creativity. Since it can be an indoor activity, it can take place any time of the year, but a minimum of 30 people is required.
In this activity, participants are grouped into “Studios” and are tasked with crafting a three to five-minute movie. Each team will undergo a brief training session on the basics, at which point they will select a theme and genre that they will base their film on.
They’ll go through the motions of professional film-making including creating a storyboard, writing a script, and shooting the film itself. Teams will have a time limit on how long they can shoot, at which point they’ll submit their footage to one of Team Higher Ground’s professional editors.
After all the teams complete their movies, participants will gather in an elaborate “awards” ceremony wherein they’ll view all the movies together and enjoy the rest of their day. Special awards may even be given if you choose to do so.
This event is usually set to run for around 2-3 hours, although you may request Team Higher Ground to craft a shorter program. Since this activity can handle up to 30,000 people, it can also take some time to view all the videos, which may not be suitable if you have a full program.
If some of your teammates are camera shy, this may not be the activity for them. However, it’s a great way for teams to think and act fast while working together to complete a task under time pressure.
S.L., the Senior Vice President at MATTEL hired the services of Team Higher Ground for their company event. He shares:
“What’s most amazing is how the fun activities lead to relevant learning we can apply to our specific business challenges. I highly recommend Team Higher Ground!”
Another high profile client, the Senior Vice President of Microsoft, also appreciated the customer service and fun activities from THG. He writes:
“I loved the laughter you brought out in our people and how skillfully you incorporated key messaging. The best event we’ve ever done. A huge Thumb’s Up!”
FAQs about Team Building Activities
This concludes our list of the best team building activities in Edmonton. We hope you were able to find an activity from this list that suits your needs!
Did we miss a team building activity that should be added to our list? If so, kindly send us a message so we can check it out.
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