Corporate Retreat Ideas: Our Top 5

Published By on January 6th, 2023 in Compass Connections

When your organization is committed to building team connection and resilience through planning regular corporate retreats and excursions, it can become an interesting challenge to keep things fresh & exciting.  One way to change things up is to switch up the venue – if that’s the case, check out these 5 Amazing Corporate Retreat Venues in Ontario.  Another way is to change the focus, idea, or theme of the event. Read on for some fresh corporate retreat ideas!

Themes are a great way to shift the dynamic if & when the idea of going on a retreat has become a bit stale.  At the Edge, we love activities & ideas for corporate team building like our campfire, wood-fired sauna, and staples like canoeing & SUP, yoga, wood-fired pizza parties, snowshoeing, and more . . . but we also find it’s important to build an overall theme that can connect to your organization and team’s goals and vision.

Corporate group at Northern Edge for a team building retreat

When you choose a theme or explore one of these ideas for team retreats, any activity you do can be wrapped into it.  For example, we’ve taken activities like “learning how to canoe” and turned them into co-operative team adventures complete with a treasure map and buried treasure that, when dug up, reflects back key learnings from earlier in the retreat.  It just takes a little bit of creativity.

Any idea can be used as inspiration for your retreat theme.  Is there a popular movie, book, or tv show that your team will love?  What is your work community telling you they’d like to experience?  Here are six of our favourite themes for team-building retreats at the Edge:

The Shackleton Expedition – Our signature Strategic Planning retreat

Inspire your executive team to move mountains with a business retreat theme born out of the harrowing tale of Ernest Shackleton, an early 20th century explorer who set out on the ship ‘Endurance’ with 27 men in hopes of completing the first ever land crossing of the Antarctic continent.


The Spy Who “Flossed” Me
spy-themed corporate retreat ideas

We created this retreat for a dentist team looking for corporate get together ideas – feel free to replace “flossed” with an applicable word for your industry!


The Hero’s Journey
business retreat idea based on the hobbit

This was a retreat we offered for our own team, which took heavy inspiration from JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit.


Rest & Relaxation
A yoga, rest, and relaxation corporate retreat idea to build team resiliency

Perhaps what we really need is to kick back and relax and build your team’s resiliency – if you haven’t got a lot of time, this is our top pick of one day company retreat ideas.


A Tom Thompson Mystery

This fun idea is special to our Algonquin Park location on Kawawaymog Lake, which was well-loved by the famed painter.

An art and mystery based corporate retreat idea



These ideas for corporate team building could be a fit for your organization – or we could create something new and current! The Shackleton Expedition and The Hero’s Journey both have a strong focus on teamwork and problem-solving, while The Spy Who Flossed Me and A Tom Thompson Mystery incorporate elements of play and competition. Rest & Relaxation, as the name suggests, is a more low-key and relaxing option. Each of these ideas could be tailored to the specific needs and goals of your team.

It’s important to consider the interests of your team when planning a corporate retreat, to ensure that the experience you create will be enjoyable and meaningful for everyone – but that doesn’t mean everybody has to resonate with the theme.  As long as your retreat has an element each person will enjoy, and an element that will challenge each person and bring them a little bit closer to their Edge, you’ll have an amazing time and a great outcome.

Northern Edge Algonquin is located 3 hours north of Toronto in Algonquin Park.  If you’re interested in toronto corporate event ideas, we invite you to consider hosting a retreat with us!  Now that you have an understanding of how to plan a corporate retreat, learn why Northern Edge Algonquin is a great retreat venue.

Want help? Work with the Edge and get an amazing all-inclusive corporate retreat planned for you. Start planning.

Are you looking to plan the ultimate corporate retreat?

Our comprehensive guide walks you through everything from picking the perfect location, planning activities and team games, creating meaningful agendas, and more. With years of experience in hosting executive retreats, delivering team-building and strategic planning retreats – we know what it takes to make your corporate retreat one that will be remembered for years to come. 

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