Story by Sandra Williams-Herve
TORONTO, ONTARIO — Somehow Mother’s Day has become synonymous with flowers and patio side brunches. While a beautiful bouquet of peonies pretty much never fails to impress and a meal on a sun-kissed patio is most welcome, sometimes mama wants a different experience, and a change of scenery.
Maybe a roundtrip ticket to Fiji isn’t in the cards this year, but a two-hour cruise on the Toronto harbour will suffice. And there’s still time to treat Mom to a unique Mother’s Day experience in Toronto.
Head down to the southernmost tip of the city and you’ll find the Habourfront, the heart of Toronto’s waterfront on Queen’s Quay. Here you’ll discover an urban cultural centre with fabulous views. Also, in the area are a bevy of cruise operators, including Mariposa. Over the years, Mariposa has developed a reputation as a culinary leader in the harbour and boasts a beautiful fleet of ships, which are docked in a prime location along Queens Quay.
So if you decide to set sail on the waters of Lake Ontario, you’ll be in for a treat. Why? Master Chef Canada contestant Damien Wlodarczyk is the executive chef on the impressive-575 passenger Northern Spirit.
As you meander between the 17 channels of sandy and tree-covered islands your mom can take in the breath-taking views of the Toronto skyline while she dines on a scrumptious market-fresh buffet brunch. A tour guide will explain the points of interest along the way. For instance the Billy Bishop City airport, which is the home of Porter airlines, was the first airport in Toronto.
When it’s a clear sunny day the rippling waters of Lake Ontario glisten under the sunshine. It’s a picturesque scene that will be sure to bring a smile to her face. Then together you can tuck into the pop-up family photo booth to capture your special time together.
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Address: 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON
Upcoming Events: Mardi Gras Dinner is on May 29; Father’s Day Brunch is on June 21.