5 Bucket List Canadian Incentive Experiences

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At the recent Incentive Canada trade show, attendees had a chance to learn about—and experience–once-in-a-lifetime activities targeted toward incentive groups.

Here are 5 unforgettable incentive experiences from different corners of the country:

View the Northern Lights

The Northwest Territories are the place to see the Northern Lights, which are visible 240 nights each year thanks to the crystal-clear nights, low humidity and location directly beneath the Earth’s band of maximal Auroral activity. An authentic winter experience might include an afternoon dogsledding, or even learning how to drive the sled from a real-life musher, and an indigenous tour in any season will acquaint the group with the local culture. Accommodations are in luxury lodges, some only accessible by boat or floatplane.


Helicopter to the Steinhart Gin Distillery

The Incentive Canada attendees, who were staying at the exclusive Fox Harb’r Resort in Nova Scotia, had the chance to board helicopters right on the resort’s own private air strip for an unforgettable hour-long ride high above the rugged coastline to the award-winning Steinhart Distillery. Snacking on charcuterie, they sampled a variety of spirits that are made there, with flavors like rhubarb gin and maple vodka. For incentive groups, Steinhart’s experts are eager to show off the many steps in distilling their coveted gin, named Best Classic Gin at the World Gin Awards in London in 2019.

First Sunrise in North America

Cape Spear, a short drive from St. John’s, Newfoundland, is the easternmost point in North America and the first place on the continent to see the sun rise above the horizon each morning. For an Instagrammable moment incentive winners will never forget, arrange a private breakfast with a fiddler playing out on the rocks while the first slices of sunlight pierce the dawn. Newfoundland is an intriguing, lesser-traveled destination, known for its whale watching and the strong chance of seeing icebergs due to its location on what’s known as Iceberg Alley.

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For a most luxurious glamping destination, Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge in Tofino, on Vancouver Island, is accessible only by seaplane and has become a favorite escape for discriminating travelers. On the banks of serene Bedwell River, this resort strikes the perfect balance between rustic and luxe, with amenities such as heated flooring, forest-to-table dining and the Healing Spa, set in the middle of an old-growth forest. Experiences for attendees range from heli fly fishing to swimming in glacier-fed water holes.

Bay of Fundy Tidal Bore

Incentive winners visiting Nova Scotia can enjoy two experiences designed around the tides of the Bay of Fundy, known to be some of the highest in the world. When the tides are low, guests can enjoy a gourmet three-course dinner right on the ocean floor, followed by an ocean floor campfire—all the while knowing that this setting will soon be underwater. Or, the adventurous ones in the group can try their hand at tidal bore rafting on the Shubenacadie River. The waves can grow as high as 13 feet when 160 billion tons of ocean water come rushing in and reverse the flow of the river.

Learn more about Canada’s many other signature experiences here.

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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.