Business meetings made spectacular!
Our first story on 14 incredible meeting spaces in Winnipeg was so popular, we had to run a follow-up to feature even more spots for memorable business gatherings. So here it is: 10 more unforgettable places in Winnipeg to hold a business meeting.
Remember, the premise is to choose a location that fits with your desired style of meeting and the outcomes you want to achieve. And of course, you have to make sure the light, air and sound are high quality so it adds to everyone's experience.
If you want a meeting that brings out certain qualities in all your attendees, then consider scheduling your next meeting at these incredibly memorable locations.
Bring out the wild sides of your participants...Head out to the Assiniboine Park Zoo.
At the jaw-dropping Gateway to the Arctic exhibit and the well-situated Tundra Grill in the Journey to Churchill exhibit, your guests can view the polar bears for inspiration before, during or after your discussions. These venues can handle up to 250 people for a stand-up reception or be reconfigured for small day-time meetings. Parking is free, you’re fully connected and you can power walk around the zoo after lunch. This brings a whole new meaning to the term "monkey business."
Keep things on the down low...Check out Blind Tiger.
Head into this "coffee shop" and then step through the secret door. During prohibition, Blind Tiger was another name for a speakeasy—often hidden in an obscure and covert place with no signs and no loud noises. These were just unassuming gatherings only to be found by the bold and adventurous.
Blind Tiger on South Osbourne may appear to be just another great coffee shop from the outside—unless you're more in the know. Once inside, the feeling is more speakeasy than java house—warm, dark and prairie circa 1930. The food is fresh and inspired en français, so you're sure to get an amuse-bouche along with your caffeine and cocktail fix. And if you know who to talk to, you can get the place all to yourself. (Don't tell them who told you).
Speak to the strength of habits...Visit the St. Boniface Museum.
The oldest wooden building in Western Canada, this was the convent of the Grey Nuns. In April 1844, four sisters Valade, Lagrave, Coutlee and Lafrance left Montreal in a canoe that was 40 feet long and 5 feet wide. They traveled a perilous 58-days across the wilderness to establish Catholicism, schooling and hospitals here in the prairies, creating the backbone of a community where families would settle.
Today, you can host your meeting in a number of spaces at "Le Musée." The Chapel can accommodate 60 to 70 people and the acoustics also make it ideal for intimate concerts. The multi-purpose room accommodates up to 30 people, while the Board Room upstairs complete with a beautiful open beam ceiling is an ideal location for up to 10 people.
Guests are welcome to visit the display areas on their own or, if requested in advance, guided tours can be provided.
Added bonus: There are many who say the museum is haunted, so thrill-seekers may find additional excitement in this location.
Play it ever-so-cool...Sit back at stylish Rae and Jerry’s.
Let’s face it...in the rat pack, Mad Men era they got things done, and they did it with style.
If you want your group to feel like the modern world is their oyster, don your fedora and skinny tie, then head over to Rae and Jerry’s. With red leather chairs and wood-lined walls, it’s easy to imagine a cigarette girl coming by while you sip your old-fashioned or well-shaken martini and listen to Satchmo.
With seating for up to 330 in private and public spaces, loads of free parking, full connectivity and capacity for your AV equipment, your team won't be able to resist taking on some bravado—delivering any presentation with a little extra swagger and some cool finger snaps.
Helps you see the forest and the trees...Swing by Fort Whyte Alive.
Team building, critical thinking and fun are all in the mix with a Digital Scavenger Hunt at Fort Whyte Alive. Your team will have to work together and follow clues to collect pics and points. Afterwards, remember your day with copies of all photos plus a custom photo collage.
The Wild Goose Chase is a fun, app-based, photography scavenger hunt where groups complete missions with a smartphone camera and see other teams’ photos update in real time.
Or get the compasses out and test people’s skills against Fort Whyte Alive’s permanent orienteering course, designed by the Manitoba Orienteering Association. Your group will be given an introduction to 'map reading' and an overview of the sport of orienteering.
Catering for lunches, plated dinners, banquet buffets or barbecues can be arranged through FortWhyte Alive’s own Buffalo Stone Café, operated by Diversity Foods. Acclaimed for its fresh and locally inspired cuisine, it's sure to be a hit after a day of team adventures.
Draw upon Manitoba’s wisdom traditions...Experience Thunderbird House.
Your group can explore ancient ways of listening, communicating and understanding through sweatlodge ceremonies and teachings, open drum practices, sharing circles and more at Thunderbird House.
Under a Council of Elders, Thunderbird House supports the creation and continuation of strategic interactions between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples to empower all people to respect and honour human rights and work towards reconciliation.
When it’s time to bring these perspectives back to business, their stunning architectural venue offers a distinctive setting. The open floor plan accommodates up to 300 people, which can be subdivided for smaller, more intimate gatherings. They can offer catering, AV, security, full accessibility and green space with plenty of parking.
Stretch mind, body and soul...Come together at Moksha Yoga.
Tap into your group's inner yogis through modern interpretations of eastern wisdom traditions. Moksha offers yoga for all levels, including classes focused on wellness, fitness, stress relief and more.
Your group can warm up, stretch, get yogic, relax, meditate, rehydrate and shower up. When everyone is loose and laid back, come together for a cross-legged meeting.
Moksha Yoga Winnipeg has two locations on Waverly and Donald, and they offer full connectivity, free parking and space to accommodate catering. (Stella’s Catering is just next door from the Waverly location, and there's a host of options near Donald).
Change your viewpoint...Look out from Mon Ami Louis.
We all know Winnipeg is more than the iconic photo of the Esplanade Riel bridge and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, even though Condé Nast designated this very spot one of the most beautiful places in Canada. Head out to the middle of the bridge and get a different perspective on what you think you know, at Mon Ami Louis.
From April to September they are a great spot for a business lunch, but they book up their public lunch and dinner sittings. If your meeting takes place in the winter, they host private events with full connectivity, meeting support, a great french menu and a full bar.
Roll the dice...And find friendly competition at Across the Board.
Playing games is a great way to enhance teamwork and encourage measured risk-taking. Across the Board Game Café in the Exchange District has hundreds of current and retro games to get people interacting.
For private events, they provide dedicated game hosts who will prepare specific game ideas or suggestions, and they'll teach everyone how to play the game so no need to read through that confusing instruction guidebook. Across the Board also has games that encourage teamwork (co-operative games), discussion (hidden-role games) or other group experiences.
They have a full café menu including pizzas, soups, sandwiches and hot bowls, and they are fully licensed. The venue can accommodate up to 60 people in one session, and sure to impress attendees in meetings of any size.
Your pick...Tell us your favourite Winnipeg meeting location.
We promised you ten, but there are only nine locations above so far. Do you have a favourite meeting location you’d like to add to the list?
Where do you set up team building workshops? What favourite place do you make sure you show out-of-town clients? And what fantastic location, away from the regular board room, is perfect for your company meetings?
Tell us in the comments section below as we collect more unforgettable Winnipeg locations.