Where to rejoice Mother’s Day in Canada


A garden tour is a great way to spend Mother’s Day with Mom. Victoria has an annual one that’s a treat. (Julia Pelish/

Story by Petti Fong Editor

It’s not too late to plan something special for Mother’s Day. While brunch is always a great option, there are also tons of other activities across the country where you can spend the day together.

Victoria, British Columbia

It’s the 32nd annual Mother’s Day Garden Tour. From 10 am to 4 pm, starting Saturday, garden lovers can view 10 hand-picked, enchanting private gardens in Victoria. Delight in the inspiration and joy of gardening while enjoying live music from the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) students and faculty. The weekend ends with a grande finale of a plant sale and silent auction and a performance by the Victoria Gospel Choir at Alix Goolden Hall. You can get a two-day pass for $30. Tickets are available here through the VCM.

Vernon, British Columbia

Inter Stellar Moms at Okanagan Science Centre. Get a head start in celebrating Mother’s Day at the Okanagan Science Centre on Saturday. Planetarium Shows feature stories of truly (Inter) Stellar Moms — from the watchful Callisto to the boastful Cassiopeia. The shows can be seen at 1 and 3:30 pm. Visitors can take part in special guided science activities throughout the day: skip the salon gift card and try a Van De Graaff generator-inspired hair-do, and take a microscopic look at a favourite Mother’s Day gift: flowers!  Members, mothers and grandmothers get in free.

Calgary, Alberta

Spa Day for Mom. Treat her or treat the both of you to a day at the spa. Sante Spa was closed for months after the floods last year but has reopened in time for you to give Mom a luxurious holiday. There is a special rejuvenation package for two, which includes a deep cleansing or specially designed hydrating facial.

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Pottery sale at the Pottery Club, a non-profit organization aimed at promoting the arts in hand-crafted pottery. It’s not just beginners but seasoned potters who will have their work available. Dessert and coffee will be served for moms looking for new pieces of original pottery.

New Ross, Nova Scotia

The Ross Farm in New Ross, Nova Scotia is a window into the province’s rich agricultural history. Take Mom to Rosebank Cottage, the original home of the Ross family — early settlers of the province. The attraction was built in 1817. Visitors can see how food was prepared over an open fire, how you make straw hats or wool or how flax is spun. Even how butter is churned. There’s a special Mother’s Day tea on Sunday.


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