Does Your Staff Need a Retreat?
Have you heard the word “corporate retreat” and wondered, why do other companies do that? Why would I shell out money for my employees to go on a “vacation?” Don’t I pay them to work? What about everything that won’t get done while we’re all away?
Actually, there’s a lot of benefits to hosting a retreat for your staff. Here are just 6 reasons to throw a corporate retreat:
Victoria’s Must-Know List of Summer Events
It’s almost summer and what better place to enjoy the sun than picturesque Victoria, BC! You can enjoy a multitude of gardens, hiking, and walking trails hidden throughout the city.
It’s not summer without a little beach time and Victoria is blessed with both ocean and fresh water beaches. Whether you’re looking to swim, sunbathe, windsurf, or paddle-board, there’s a perfect fit for you.
And if you’re looking for a little entertainment we’ve got you covered. Here’s a few things to do in Victoria, BC this summer of 2017.
How to Ensure No One Leaves Thinking their Time was Wasted
Retreats are a great way to generate excitement and wake people out of the autopilot we all find ourselves in from time to time.
When you throw a corporate retreat or company workshop, you have the opportunity to engage people that may not normally come into contact with each other. For example, people from different departments might get a rare chance to interact. These occasions can give them a chance to network and build new relationships. As well, they will hear different perspectives on familiar problems as you brainstorm as a group.
Ultimately, the cost of a disenfranchised work force is much greater than throwing a corporate retreat and the benefits will continue to surprise you long after.
Soak Up Victoria, BC’s Island Life this Summer
Do you remember as a kid playing “the floor is lava” or “swamp monster” and you’d try to hop from one piece of furniture to the next without touching the floor? It was always an epic challenge to see how many pieces of furniture you could touch. The game usually ended when someone tried to leap a bit too far and ended up falling to the floor where they were inevitably swallowed by lava or the swamp monster.
Well, we have the adult version minus the child-eating monsters, although we do have some beautiful whales in our ocean. When you visit Victoria, not only will you have the opportunity to enjoy the wealth of natural beauty, art, and adventure in Victoria, but there is also a plethora of activities available to explore on the Gulf Islands. Just like playing “swamp monster,” you can see how many islands you can visit while you’re here.
Things to Do During the Spring on Southern Vancouver Island
Victoria, BC is gorgeous all year round, but springtime is when the city explodes in colour. Long before the snow melts and the ice thaws throughout the rest of the country, Victoria residents are treated to cherry blossom trees that seem to erupt in pinks and white overnight. In turn, daffodils and tulips dazzle in floral gardens throughout the city as an intoxicating fresh, spring scent lingers in the air.
And let’s not forget the return of the sun! Nothing makes local Victorians smile more than the warm sun after a winter of dreary rain. If you’ve been hibernating this winter, visit Victoria and return to the great outdoors!
Whether you’re looking for culture or adventure, Victoria has you covered. Here are just a few of the treats that lie in store this spring.
Great Weather, in the Winter, in Canada!?
We’ve just passed the shortest day of the year and summer seems like a distant memory. But you don’t need to be trapped indoors. Did you know that Victoria, BC, while beautiful in the summer, is a treasure trove in the winter?
Most people avoid the off-season in Canada erroneously thinking that the weather will be crummy or they’re afraid the tourist attractions will be closed, but they’re actually missing out.
Victoria, BC is the perfect place to visit in the winter. Here are just a few reasons why:
An Experience Like No Other
If you’ve never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast, then you are missing out! According to the Federation of Ontario Bed and Breakfast, the number one reason people choose a B&B is the experience. From their location and individual character to the personal attention you’ll receive, staying at a B&B will be the highlight of your vacation.
B&B’s can be found all over. In Cuba they are referred to as Casa Particular, while in Germany and Austria they are called a Zimmer Frei, Privatzimmer, or Gästezimmer. France has chambres d’hôte, Hungarians have what’s referred to as Panziό or Szállό, and in Israel they go by zimmer. In Scandinavia they’re called a rom or hus um, and in Denmark they go by a værelser.
While B&B’s vary greatly throughout the world, in North America you can usually depend on a few key elements.
West Coast Winter Fun for All Ages
With its temperate winters, Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island is a premiere Canadian destination over the holiday season. It offers many classic Winter-time Canadian traditions without the biting cold.
Take in two outdoor skating rinks (one at The Butchart Gardens and one at Langford City Centre Park), a multitude of craft and artisan fairs, performances, and festivals. Victoria doesn’t skimp when it comes to Christmas. The evenings are a great time to tour the city for epic Christmas displays with lights, decorations, life-sized characters, and music.
Getting Started with Beachcombing
For centuries, people have scoured the earth’s beaches in a never-ending scavenger hunt. Nowadays, novices and experts alike continue this tradition. Some search for natural objects such as fossils, shells and sea glass. Others bring cameras to snap pictures of the various sea creatures they spot caught in tide pools during low tide. Still others take advantage of technology and with metal detectors they scour the sand for dropped coins, lost rings, and other trinkets and novelties buried or washed ashore. Whatever your quest, here are a few tips to get you started.
Unique Autumn Activities in Victoria this Year
The fall is one of the best times to visit Victoria, BC when the lavish rain forests explodes in a spectacle of colour. You can enjoy the numerous hiking trails or take in Victoria’s rich history by visiting the myriad of historical sites from Craigdarroch Castle to the Parliament Buildings. If you go downtown, don’t forget to check out the many unique shops on Government St. or explore Canada’s oldest China Town. But more than that, Victoria has some great events happening this fall.