Team Building

GENERAL INFORMATION

All of our programs begin at the Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre but can be customized to start or end on the Islands themselves. What makes this location so ideal is that many companies need to factor an entire day for their events, due to travel logistics. By being right on the Toronto waterfront, many of our past clientele have only needed to allocate a half day for their events.

Duration of Events: These are all customized events. Activities can be adjusted to meet your requirements.

Intensity of Events: As with duration, we are able to adapt all our games to make sure everyone is included and that it properly reflects the dynamics of each group.

Safety considerations: Safety will always be our number one consideration. From environmental to personal safety, we use qualified and experienced canoe and kayak staff trained in First Aid/CPR. If you have any concerns with regards to your event, please talk to us and we will be glad to explain how we are ready to take care of your team.

Rain Day Concerns:  Due to the “lake effect”, most rainy day forecasts get “pushed” onto the city and in many cases the Toronto Islands don’t see the same weather systems. Therefore, a rain day in the city does not necessarily equal a rain day on the islands. We use up to the minute weather radar systems to help decide if programs will run or not and have many years behind us of “knowing our weather”.

Rain Day Options:
Option A: It’s only a little drizzle, play on!
Option B: We alter the event to adapt to the rain.
Option C: Rain date – we pick another date.

Corporate and Team Building Programs

We are pleased to partner with our long time friend James Kowalewski of National Waters Events to bring you a diverse assortment of corporate and team building programs. James and his talented team have been designing, customizing and running these programs with us for over 15 years.

For any questions or to book any of these programs please contact James Kowalewski directly at 647-309-5268 or via Email

Our events can take on many forms: from exciting head-to-head races or single challenges, to leisurely paddles through the Toronto Island Archipelago, to picnic and adventure days - all you need to do is choose!  All our events are highly customizable and we can cater to your group’s specific needs. We work closely with you to ensure that your activities, intensity levels, and objectives are in-line with your vision for the day. Our pricing is all-inclusive with no surprises or hidden fees and we are proud to offer TURN-KEY programming and events.

Need a food option, a meeting location, or help choosing a picnic location? How about transportation and logistic support? Let us help you with these items too! We can recommend a wide variety of options both on and off the Islands that will best fit your group’s size and requirements.

1 - ISLAND SCAVENGER HUNT - Recommended group size: 12 - 500+

It is recommended that this program is done as teams of 4.

Teams are handed a passport, map, compass and a few other specialty items. With only a certain amount of time, teams must use these items in order to collect information and perform small tasks on the way to the finish line. Be warned! There are more tasks than time permits, and some tasks are worth more points than others. Teams must strategize how to maximize the number of points collected within the allotted time; penalties are charged for teams arriving late to the finish line!

Time scheduled for this event is: 2 - 2.5 hours (duration can be customized)
 Please allow an extra 15-30 minutes before and after the event for orientation and to calculate the results.

Cost: $35 per participant and includes: 
Event booklet and equipment 
Ferry tickets to the Toronto Islands
 
Bike rental as needed

SPECIAL NOTES: This event is highly customizable for start and end locations making it ideal to combine with another event, food option, or to best fit into your scheduled day. There are no restrictions as to when this program can run.

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2 - VOYAGEUR CANOE ADVENTURE CHALLENGE - NEW EVENT! - Recommended groups size: 8 - 100

This program can be done as a single team working to accomplish a common goal OR as a head to head competition.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYour group will be paddling the large Voyageur Canoes in teams ranging from 7 to 17. Each Voyageur Canoe comes with a certified paddle guide from the Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre. Before the start of the hunt, each team will select 8 cards from a possible 15. Each card will have a specific task or item to locate somewhere on the Toronto Islands. Teams will also be provided with two ‘PASS’ cards and a map of the Toronto Islands. Teams will then be provided with 15 minutes of preparation time on land to figure out the order in which they wish to tackle their cards for the Voyageur Canoe Scavenger Hunt.

Teams will be provided 2 hours (this can be customized) to accomplish as much of the adventure as possible, before having to ultimately arrive at the designated finish location. At any time during the adventure, teams can use the PASS cards to opt-out of any 2 tasks.

The team that accomplishes the greatest number of cards within the 2-hour time limit is crowned the winner

Time scheduled for this event is: 2.5 - 3 hours (duration can be customized)
Please allow an extra 15-30 minutes before and after the event for orientation and to calculate the results.

Cost: $50 per participant and includes: 
Event booklet and equipment
Voyageur Canoe and Paddle Canada certified guide

SPECIAL NOTES: This event is highly customizable for start and end locations making it ideal to combine with another event, food option, or to best fit into your scheduled day.

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3 - BY WATER BY LAND ISLAND ADVENTURE - Recommend groups size: 8 - 100

Team sizes can range from 8 - 17.

Your group will meet at the Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre where, after a brief orientation, will travel to the Toronto Islands in Voyageur Canoes. The group will explore the 13 islands, via the many channels and lagoons that connect them. Throughout this tour, participants will learn about the flora, fauna, and incredible history of the islands before taking a well deserved break. After a snack or pre-planned meal, the group can then decide to either explore the islands by land using the Island Bike Rentals or by foot. Alternatively, the group can continue to tour the islands by water in the Voyageur Canoes.

At the end of the adventure your group can return to the mainland in the Voyageur Canoes or by using the island ferry system (free for return).

Time scheduled for this event is: full-day event (duration can be customized)

Example Schedule:
10:00am - 12:00 pm - Voyageur Canoe Tour
12:00 - 12:30 pm- Transition to Food
12:30 - 2:00 pm - Food/Meal
2:00 - 2:30 pm - Transition to Land-based Tour (Bike Tour)
2:30 - 4:00 pm - ‘By Land’ Tour
4:30 - Transportation back to Mainland via Island Ferry Service (can be customized to take the voyageur canoes back to the mainland for which an additional fee applies)

Cost: $65 per participant and includes: 
Paddling Equipment
 
Bike Rental 
Guide
 
Transportation to the Islands via Voyageur Canoes, return using the Ferry System

SPECIAL NOTES: This event is customizable for start and end locations and is best run with a food option between the two activities.

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4 - THE INCREDIBLE ISLAND RACE - Recommend groups size: 16 - 100

Team sizes can range from 8 - 17.

This has been one of our most popular events! In a similar format to a certain popular television show, teams travel in big Voyageur Canoes to various locations across the Islands completing tasks in order to gain their next clue. Tasks can include digging for buried treasure or solving a giant jigsaw puzzle. The first team to complete the entire race is declared the overall winner. We’ve observed that teams who truly work together typically excel in this event.

Time scheduled for this event is: 2 - 2.5 hours (duration can be customized)

Cost: $95 per participant and includes:
 
Paddling equipment, challenges and staff
 
Transportation to and from the Islands via Voyageur Canoes

SPECIAL NOTES: This event is highly customizable for start and end locations making it ideal to combine with another event, food option, or to best fit into your scheduled day.

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5 - GPS ADVENTURE CHALLENGE (GPS CHALLENGE) - NEW EVENT!  - Can be done by Voyageur Canoe OR Standup Paddleboard

This is a fun activity that can be done as a single group or as teams against each other.

As a team, you will race against the the clock to complete the GPS Challenge and accumulate as many points as possible.  This challenge will have teams traveling the Island canals by either Voyageur Canoe or Standup Paddleboard following directions on a GPS unit to arrive at specific land locations. Once on land, teams will be handed their challenge card and will need to travel across land to complete their challenge before returning to the canoe for their next GPS travel portion.  They will do a series of these until they arrive at their ultimate and final destination.

Time scheduled for this event is: 2.5 - 3.5 hours (duration can be customized)

Cost: Standup Paddleboard Version - $95 per participant 
Voyageur Canoe Version - $65 per participant
All Equipment (SUP’s, Instructor, GPS, Clues)
 are included.

SPECIAL NOTES: This event can be customized for duration, start and end locations.

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6 - PADDLE ADVENTURE DAY- Recommend groups size: 10 - 200+

By combining a selection of our paddling sports, we can customize your Toronto Island Adventure. Sample Day:

Your entire group arrives at the Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre and gets oriented and outfitted to journey to the Toronto Islands as a single group paddling a big Voyageur Canoe(s). Once on the island, your group can transition into different 'adventure' groups. One group can continue to explore by leisurely paddling amongst the island channels and lagoons. A second group, feeling more adventurous, can explore the islands by tandem 2-person kayaks. A third group can explore using Stand Up Paddleboards, while a fourth group can get off the water and explore the island by bike. After the respective island adventures, the various groups will reunite and travel back to the mainland via voyageur canoe.

PLEASE NOTE:   The example above can be re-arranged and combined to best work with your group, including separating out the group into their respective adventures right from the start OR for larger groups, organizing to meet on the Toronto Islands to start the activity.

Time scheduled for this event is: full-day event (duration can be customized)

Cost: This is a highly customize program.  Please contact us for pricing.

SPECIAL NOTES: This event is all about customization. Lets have a conversation to find out how to make this event work best for your group.

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