Take advantage of this Canadian hub’s beautiful scenery for post- and pre-meeting activities that no one will want to miss.
These days, it takes more than a jam-packed schedule of meetings and mixers to get professionals (especially the younger set) interested in attending a conference. Thanks to the popularity of bleisure travel—the practice of mixing some “me time” into a business trip—choosing a destination that offers unique networking and team-building experiences outside of the boardroom can be just as crucial as selecting a world-class meeting venue. In Calgary, the city’s picturesque setting near the Canadian Rockies and vibrant downtown provides plenty of opportunity for both. Whether attendees prefer to take it easy or are looking for an adrenaline rush, we’ve put together a list of Calgary activities that will make everyone want to click “Register.”
Take it Easy
Mountain views abound in Calgary, even in the heart of downtown. Invite your attendees on a walking meeting along the scenic Calgary Peace Bridge for some much-needed fresh air, or arrange for a local scavenger hunt using downtown’s Plus 15 pedestrian system that connects 11 miles of buildings through climate-controlled skywalks. Want to get a little wilder? The Zoo-mazing Race at Calgary Zoo invites up to 100 people to undertake a series of mental and mildly physical challenges while working together in teams. After the race, the zoo’s flexible event spaces are great for hosting group sessions or team lunches featuring sustainable seafood and farm-to-table cuisine. You’ll have the added perk of access to convenient function space while also supporting the zoo’s notable conservation efforts.
Kick it Up a Notch
Have a group that would like to get a little more active? Rafting on Bow River offers the best of both worlds. They’ll suit up for a relaxing ride down the river, floating right past downtown while fostering a connection to the wilderness that surrounds the city. Or opt for a rafting adventure down the Upper Red Deer River, Alberta’s most popular whitewater rafting spot.
Ready for Adventure
Adrenaline junkies will feel right at home at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park. Located about 20 minutes from downtown, your attendees can ride North America’s fastest zipline, catching big air as they take off from the iconic ski jump tower; free fall from the new eight-storey platform; go mountain biking; and feel the force of more than 2 g during a thrilling ride down the legendary bobsled track. The impressive facility also features inspiring spaces for corporate events held on-site.