9 Special Mother’s Day Events Worth Checking Out
Here’s our list of great Mother’s Day events across the West.
Whether your thing is tea, brunch, wine or flowers, the following places have taken the time to plan a very special day for mothers (just in case you were coming up short on mom-worthy ideas).
Pay special tribute to mom with a three-course brunch (or dinner) at Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar in Vancouver. Executive chef Alex Chen will make sure the day is perfect, so you don’t have to stress.
When: Sunday, May 8 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. for dinner)
Where: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, 845 Burrard St., Vancouver
Tickets: $59 for brunch; $65 for dinner (plus beverages, tax, etc.); make a reservation here.
Here’s an easy and classic way to please your mom: Calgary’s Willow Park Wines and Spirits is offering a special Mother’s Day brunch buffet with wine pairings for each course. The team has also prepared a few extra surprises for all the mothers attending.
When: Sunday, May 8 (12 p.m. to 2 p.m.)
Where: Willow Park Wines and Spirits, 10801 SE Bonaventure Dr., Calgary
Tickets: Suggested $10 donation
Bring your mom to Vancouver’s VanDusen Botanical Garden. Featuring live jazz music, a photo booth and plenty of spots for a good picnic, Mom might just think these flowers have a bit more flavour than last year’s bouquet!
When: Sunday, May 8 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Where: VanDusen Botanical Garden, 5251 Oak St., Vancouver
Tickets: $11.25 (regular garden admission fees)
If you happen to be in or near Kelowna’s wine country on Mother’s Day weekend, maybe bring your mom on a tour of the FabFive Wine Trail. Free of charge for all mothers, the tour features quality vino from The View, SpierHead, The Vibrant Vine, Camelot, and House of Rose.
When: Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 (12 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
Where: Kelowna FabFive Wine Trail, Kelowna
Tickets: No cost
Find something local and handmade for mom or take her shopping as a special treat. Hosted by the quaint Nourish Kitchen in Victoria, a few vendors so far include Shanti Collective, Cold Gold, The Didi Society and Perido Tulips.
When: Sunday, May 1 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Where: Nourish Kitchen, 225 Quebec St., Victoria
Tickets: No cost
Of course, we’re not going to let high tea go unmentioned—it’s the ultimate Mother’s Day activity. Here are a few of our top tea picks that do it right:
Located in downtown Vancouver, this tea salon and shop is inside a Queen Anne-style Victorian heritage house that has been in Vancouver since 1893.
When: Sunday, May 8
Where: Pâtisserie Für Elise, 847 Hamilton St., Vancouver
Tickets: $30 for a two-hour seating
Located in Kerrisdale, this luxe, sophisticated tea features fresh-baked traditional French delights that you can enjoy on handmade French chairs.
When: Saturday, May 7 & Sunday, May 8 (12 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
Where: Faubourg Kerrisdale, 2156 W 41st Ave., Vancouver
Tickets: $28.50 per person
This beautiful tea experience offers a stunning view of the garden—we recommend taking a walk around when you’re finished indulging on crab and dill quiche.
When: Sunday, May 8 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Where: The Teahouse at Abkhazi Garden, 1964 Fairfield Rd., Victoria
Tickets: $30 per person
This sweet family-owned and operated shop is a local favourite and has more than 100 teas to choose from to go with its sweet and savoury scones.
When: Sunday, May 8 (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
Where: The Dove’s Nest, 106A-1600 90th Ave. SW, Calgary
Tickets: $31.95 per person