Go beyond the usual flowers or breakfast in bed this year and pick a Mother’s Day activity that she (and perhaps the whole family) can enjoy. No matter what type of activity your mom enjoys, there’s plenty of memorable ways to surprise her.

What says pampering more than a spa day? Spoil mom with a trip to the Spa at the Georgian Bay Hotel in Collingwood – and indulge yourself – by booking a Mother/Daughter Day for Two, including a massage and mani/pedi.

Boat Cruise
Take in the beauty of the 1000 Islands with your mom when you step aboard a Gananoque Boat Line cruise. Prior to departure, you’ll enjoy brunch at the Dockside Restaurant, complete with ham, eggs benedict, salmon, and more.

Brunch or Dinner
It’s a classic for a reason. Treat mom to a delicious meal at a special place. For a casual, but unique option, try the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory’s Mother’s Day Brunch (after strolling their butterfly gardens first, of course). They serve breakfast classics, including pancakes, as well as family friendly favourites, such as lasagne.
For a modern, fresh take on Mother’s Day brunch, head to the Herb Garden – a beautiful heritage barn venue near Ottawa. The head chef of Black Tartan Kitchen, Ian Carswell will be serving up locally sourced food, including gourmet charcuterie and cheese boards, canapes, and finger sandwiches. Live Celtic rock music from The Whiskey Runners will provide a fun and lively ambiance.

Historic High Tea
Ireland House Museum in Burlington combines their tea with a tour and demonstrations on the health at this 1837 home and museum.
Bird watching
Keen bird watchers know May is prime season for returning migrating birds. The place to be in May is the Festival of Birds at Point Pelee near Leamington. Park supporters sell breakfast and lunch to the thousands of people of visit the park to see over 100 species of birds each day.

Once you’ve finished impressing your mom with your knowledge of Ontario’s bird life, perhaps take her to nearby Kingsville to Annabelle’s Tea Room to cap off a great day.

Late spring is the perfect season for foraging for Ontario’s wild bounty. From leeks to mushrooms to marigolds (yes, they’re edible!), there’s plenty of hidden treasures to be found in your local forest. Try a foraging group hike (such as Puck’s Plenty in Stratford which has a Mother’s Day event, including delicious snacks) to learn about what’s safe to eat and harvest.
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