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Toronto’s Top Outside-The-Box Team Building Activities

The right team building event can have a powerful effect on the morale and productivity of your team. But with so many options—and so many other demands on your time—how do you find the right one? The good news is, Toronto is full of interesting and unique team building events, from food tours of Kensington Market, live-action escape games at Casa Loma, and cocktail making on King West—just to name a few. Take a look a this top list of outside-the-box team building events and find the event that will suit your team.

#1 – Get everyone working together at Cirillo’s Culinary Academy

This professional and trendy culinary school in Etobicoke is a great spot for team building events. Offering hands-on cooking classes, Cirillo’s will divide your team up to tackle a 3- or 4-course meal, promoting teamwork, encouraging communication, and ultimately fostering fun connections through food. The best part? You get to eat everything you make

Perfect for groups: 14+

Good for: foodie teams

#2 – Let loose at axe throwing
North York

Axe throwing is quickly becoming a popular team building activity and is it any wonder why? Not only can axe throwing easily accommodate large groups of people but also it encourages co-workers to get outside their comfort zones doing something completely different. Check out Far Shot, operating out of Black Creek Pioneer Village. These guys are experts at running large group events and the Black Creek facility has meeting spaces, its own brewery, and lots of catering options. Not a huge fan of axe throwing? No problem–they also host archery dodgeball at the same location.

Perfect for groups: 4–100

Good for: adventurous teams

team building food tour

Enjoy a full spread at Sheba’s Ethiopian House on the Chopsticks+Forks Kensington Market food tour

#3 – Go on a private food tour with Chopsticks+Forks
Kensington Market

Treat your team to a private walking tour of Kensington Market—with lots of stops to sample the wares along the way. This unique food tour offered by Chopsticks+Forks will take you to 6 different restaurants, each offering food from a different corner of the world. From spicy Jamaican patties to South American humitas and authentic Indigenous bannock, your team will be gasping for breath by the end of it.

Perfect for groups: 6–60

Good for: foodie teams

#4 – Team up against each other on an urban scavenger hunt
Downtown Toronto

Get the team out of the office for the day and encourage some outside-the-box thinking on an urban scavenger hunt with Urban Capers. Good for groups from 20 to over 100, the team will be broken into groups of 6 and pitted against each other in a race to uncover the clues and solve tricky puzzles. Choose from adventures in the Distillery, Kensington, St. Lawrence, and at the ROM.

Perfect for groups: 20–100+

Good for: problem solving teams

Black Creek team building

Where Dark Things Dwell is an out-of-this-world escape game that will see your team cracking clues and racing the clock to save the village from an evil curse.

#5 – Play a totally out-of-this-world escape game
North York

For a team building experience that is really outside the box, check out Toronto’s biggest escape game, Where Dark Things Dwell. Set against the historic backdrop of Black Creek Pioneer Village, your team will be broken up into groups of 6, each with your own missions to complete and puzzles to solve. As you compete against each another to save the village from a clan of evil cultist, you’ll weave in and out of the historic properties, cracking codes and saving villagers, while mysterious figures in black hang back in the shadows and track your progress… This escape adventure like no other can accommodate up to 60 players and the Black Creek facility offers ample meeting space for team debriefings.

Perfect for groups: 6–60

Good for: problem solving teams

#6– Take the team to the trampoline park at Sky Zone

Get the team out of the office for the day to blow off some steam by either securing a private booking at Sky Zone or a private game of trampoline dodgeball. Less competitive colleagues can hang out in the foam pit while those more competitively inclined can have it out on the dodgeball pitch. Check out their locations in Toronto, Mississauga, Vaughan, and Whitby.

Perfect for: large groups

Good for: active teams


cocktail making in action

#7 – Get shaken and stirred at Grand & Clover Cocktail Co.
King & Bathurst

This trendy bartending school offers great private and corporate events featuring up-to-date cocktails and no-nonsense recipes. They’ll also come to your office with all the tools in hand to teach you and your team how to make 3 distinct cocktails using seasonal ingredients.  This one is definitely a hit with teams looking to bond while trying out their cocktail making skills.

Perfect for groups: 5+

Good for: cocktail-drinking teams

#8 – Be silly at bubble soccer
Port Lands

Forget about fostering communication and just let the team have a fun at bubble soccer. Conventional rules don’t apply—this game is more like bumper cars. Soccerworld has their own soccer pitch under a dome on Polson Pier, so you won’t have to worry about sourcing your own field–or rain checks!

Perfect for groups: 20+

Good for: silly teams

Black Creek team building

Black Creek Pioneer Village is home to a historic Brewery–and they’re pros at hosting team building events for large groups.

#9 – Try a brew or two at Black Creek Pioneer Village
North York

More than just your grade 3 field trip, Black Creek Pioneer Village is also home to a historic brewery. The Black Creek Brewery is a recreated nineteenth-century brewery which specializes is making handcrafted ales the likes of which would have been enjoyed in Ontario’s country villages around Confederation. Take your team up to the village to enjoy a beer tasting paired with amusing historical anecdotes in Black Creek’s spacious facility. If you’re lucky you’ll hit them during the fall season when they are brewing their completely delicious pumpkin beer.

Groups: large groups

Good for: social teams

#10 – Escape from Casa Loma
St. Clair West

If you’ve got a small team, really wow them with a team building event at Casa Loma. Organized by Secret City Adventures, a premium escape game company in Toronto, the Casa Loma escape series makes full use of this historical property with outside the box escape games, wicked narratives, and live actors. They run team building games on Monday and Tuesday evenings and can accommodate up to 42 people.

Groups: 12–42

Good for: smaller teams


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