The Collingwood and Blue Mountain area is one of the most popular recreation, tourism and meeting and conference areas in Canada and Ontario. This area is truly a four season destination with all you need for a great family holiday, a recreational adventure or a great team meeting or conference.
Summit Team Building is the primary team building and training provider in the area and we have been delivering programs here for over 30 years. So who better than to give you a tour of the area. Below is some information based on our years of experience.
Blue Mountain Resort and Conference Centre: Blue Mountain Resort and Conference Centre has all you need for a great family getaway or a fabulous team meeting or conference. For companies hosting a meeting here you have endless choices of accommodation, meeting space, recreation, entertainment, and food.
For meetings you can choose from the Westin Trillium House, the Village Conference Centre, The Blue Mountain Inn Conference Centre or the Grand Central Lodge Conference Centre. All of which can host small intimate groups and groups in the hundreds. Each conference venue has great food options, but you can also walk into the Blue Mountain Village and find a large variety of restaurants from pubs to fine dining. In the village there are also many great shops for clothing, souvenirs, art, ski and bike equipment and more.
And don’t forget about the great skiing in the winter and all the adventure attractions in the summer. You can’t go wrong if you book a meeting here. Summit Team Building is the team building partner for Blue Mountain.
Living Waters Resort and The Bear Estate: located on the shores of Georgian Bay this facility can host conferences, meetings, weddings and social events. Meeting space is available in the spacious and beautiful Bear Estate located right on the water beside the harbour.
Your group will feel relaxed and focused at the same time. When looking for team building you can enjoy the nearby hiking/walking trails, go for a bike ride, charter a sailboat, go fishing or rent a jet ski. In the winter you are just moments away from the ski hills and snowshoe trails. On the roof of the resort is a huge open space that is great for social events, informal meetings and team building and the view of Georgian Bay and the Niagara Escarpment can’t be beat. Summit Team Building is the team building partner for the Living Waters Resort and the Bear Estate.
Georgian Peaks Ski Club: A fascinating fact is that the Collingwood and Blue Mountain area hosts the largest number of private ski clubs in the world. Not only does this mean there is great skiing and recreation in the area, but you can also access the ski clubs to host a social event, team building or a team meeting.
All of the ski clubs have great facilities and the newest renovation belongs to the Georgian Peaks Ski Club. This premier ski club recently built a new, spacious and well appointed clubhouse. Inside you have a unique environment to host a team meeting or a team building program.
There are also many other resorts and wineries in the area that would be great for hosting a team meeting or a team building program.
Top 5 Team Building Programs to be Delivered
When hosting a team meeting or conference in the Collingwood and Blue Mountain area many groups are looking for active and engaging team building events as well as learning and development. Some of our most popular team building programs for Collingwood include.
Need a break from your Blue Mountain meeting room? Is your team up for a little friendly competition? Then the Blue Mountain Quest is perfect for you! Decipher clues and get creative to capture all the fun your team will have as they explore what this charming ski Village has to offer! For this photo based scavenger hunt we will put your group into competitive teams and they will have to decipher cryptic clues to find locations and complete challenges. This program starts in your meeting room and ventures outside. Duration 90 minutes.
Climbing one of the tallest mountains in the world takes teamwork. Teams must build trust, communicate effectively, problem solve and push through challenging times. The Blue Mountain Altitude Challenge takes your team through the experience of climbing Mount Everest, as represented by the beautiful Blue Mountains. In this high-energy program, your team will be tested through a series of competitive challenges as they hike up beautiful Blue Mountain. We start in your meeting room and then head to the trails. Program duration 2-2.5 hours.
Custom designed for your group, Summit will effectively blend a motivational keynote and a training workshop.
This half- or full-day workshop integrates Scott Kress’ extremely popular “Learning In Thin Air” or “Achieve the Outrageous” keynote with a mix of activities, models, tools and strategies that will meet your learning and development goals.
The riveting true stories makes this workshop highly engaging, and the content makes it valuable to your team and your organization.
Do you have differences that split your team? Do you find that you communicate really easily with some of your work colleagues and have to make a real effort with others? We all have different personality styles that make it very easy to work with some people and challenging to work with others. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® is the most widely used and respected personality assessment for professionals, and is instrumental in achieving effective team work.
This assessment and workshop provides valuable self awareness and we incorporate strategies that will help you bring out your strengths and develop your weaknesses. People that have the advantage of understanding how to communicate and work effectively with others are much more effective in the team setting and in working with customers.
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Scott Kress is a masterful storyteller, a leadership trainer and team building expert, a former Executive MBA Professor and a life-long adventurer. What sets Scott apart is his ability to climb mountains. He is one of the very few people in the world who has summited Mt Everest.
In fact, he has climbed the highest peak on each of the 7 continents plus skied to the South and North Pole. A feat that fewer than 50 people in history have accomplished.
Scott’s keynotes will contain not only gripping stories from his adventures, but also the personal, team, and leadership strategies he used that have been proven to create enormous success not only for scaling mountains, but also for individuals, teams, and organizations.
Additional Places in the Collingwood Area to Help Build Your Team
Summit offers many great team building options to give your team and meeting the boots they need, but there are also many other great options in the area.
Bruce Trail: The Bruce Trail runs for over 700 km from Niagara Falls to Tobermory and part of the trail runs through the Collingwood Blue Mountain area. Take your team on an amazing walk with stunning views from the top of the Niagara escarpment. This can be an easy or challenging hike depending upon the trail you choose. Check out the Bruce Trail map to help select the best route for your group.
Beer and Wine Tour: There are many wineries and craft breweries in the area. Take a tour to explore several in a day or pick one for an enjoyable afternoon and a meal.
Cycling: If you are a road rider or a trail rider this area has it all. Quiet backroads with rolling farm hills or challenging and beautiful single track mountain bike trails are abundant in the area. Check in with one of the local bike shops to get the best suggestions and rentals for your team.
Sailing Charter: Book an unforgettable day on Georgian Bay with your private sailboat.
Scenic Caves: Scenic Caves is located in one of Canada’s eighteen UNESCO biosphere reserves and dating back 450 million years. This area is rich in geology and cultural history. Challenge yourself on the longest Suspension Bridge in Southern Ontario, or take a hike on the over 15 km of trails located on the 370 acre property. Summer or winter you will find many great team building options here.