Mother’s Day takes place on the second Sunday in May each year, so on May 12th in 2019. It’s a day to celebrate mothers everywhere, including in Vancouver.
It’s a day to treat mothers (and grandmothers) special and to thank them for all they’ve done over the years.
For a list of top restaurants to treat yourself at click Mother’s Day Buffet Brunch Venues. For a list of events and activities taking place on the weekend of the special day, see below or check out our May Calendar of Events.
The Royal Canadian Family Circus is in Richmond from May 9th to 12th and then again from May 17th to 20th (as well as in both Tsawwassen and Surrey a week or two later). Use promo code VANSBESTPLACES for 2-for-1 general admission tickets for just $25! It’s a great deal and a wonderful circus! Click Royal Canadian Family Circus for tickets and more information.
Mother’s Day in Vancouver
There are lots of great ways to spend the Mother’s Day Weekend in the Lower Mainland.
Below we list events that take place on the Mother’s Day Weekend in 2019 and/or most years (so hopefully this year as well). We also list general suggestions on other ways to spend time with Mom and make her feel special.
Events on Mother’s Day
The following are some of the events that we expect to take place on the Mother’s Day Weekend in 2019:
Mother’s Day in Vancouver
- Fairmont Mother’s Day Run – a 3K, 5K, and 10K run and walk from Stanley Park to the eastern side of the Westin Bayshore and benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event takes place on Sunday May 12th in 2019.
- Playland – Vancouver’s outdoor amusement park is open on the Mother’s Day weekend. They don’t offer any special deals for moms, but it’s still a fun place for families to spend the day.
Mother’s Day in Richmond
Mother’s Day Tea & Plant Sale – the annual plant sale and Mother’s Day Tea takes place at London Heritage Farm at 6511 Dyke Road in Richmond, not far from Steveston Village. Both activities take place on the Saturday and Sunday. The plant sale usually starts each day at 10:00, the tea begins at 12:00, and both run until 5:00.
- TIP: Go for a walk or bike ride afterwards along the waterfront and around Steveston Village. Or, if you buy plants, go for the walk beforehand so you don’t leave your purchases to cook in your hot car!
- Richmond Night Market – at 8351 River Road in Richmond.
- Richmond Olympic Experience – last year moms got free admission to the interactive sports museum on Mother’s Day (when accompanied by at least one paying family member). Hopefully that’ll be the same in 2019.
- Royal Canadian Family Circus – performances take place in Richmond from May 9th to 12th (so over the Mother’s Day Weekend) and again from May 17th to 20th (so over the May Long Weekend). The shows are of high quality and if you use the promo code VansBestPlaces you can get 2-for-1 general admission tickets (which makes it a fabulous deal)! Shows also take place in Tsawwassen (May 24th to 26th) and Surrey (May 31st to June 9th).
Mother’s Day on the North Shore
Ambleside Artisan Farmers Market – in West Vancouver at Ambleside Park.
- TIP: After shopping, go for a nice stroll along the waterfront. On a sunny day, the entire region is spectacular!
Mother’s Day in Surrey
- Glades Garden Mother’s Day Event – the garden at 561 172nd Street in Surrey has a special event on the Sunday. Admission is about $7 but free for children under age 12. Parking is extremely limited but shuttle service is available from Darts Hill Garden Park which is located at 1633 170th Street. New for 2019, you can register in advance for one of two sessions. The first is from 10 am until 1 pm and the second is from 1 pm to 4 pm.
Mother’s Day in the Fraser Valley
Some years the Lower Mainland’s two tulip festivals are still open over the Mother’s Day Weekend. In 2019 the one in Chilliwack definitely won’t be though (as its last day of the season was on May 1st this year). The Abbotsford Tulip Festival might still be open however, although possibly a bit past its prime (depending on the weather and state of the growing season).
Here are details about the two events:
- Chilliwack Tulip Festival – Western Canada’s largest flower festival features close to 20 acres of flowers. It’s now closed for the season.
- Abbotsford Tulip Festival – Mother’s Day was the final day of the season last year for the 10 acres of tulip fields open to the public in Abbotsford at 36737 North Parallel Road. Weather and growing season-permitting, the event will hopefully make it to Mother’s Day again this year.
Other Mother’s Day Activities
There are lots of other ways to thank moms and make them feel special in the Lower Mainland, including in the following ways:
Take Mom Out for Brunch
Regardless of your age and that of your mother, a Canadian Mother’s Day tradition is to take mom out for brunch. Many restaurants across the Lower Mainland offer special brunch menus on Mother’s Day, including some of the region’s finest establishments as well as some of the most reasonably-priced.
Check out Top Mother’s Day Buffets for a list of places to treat Mom!
TIP: Restaurants offering Mother’s Day buffet brunches often fill up well in advance, so book early.
BRUNCH ON GRANVILLE ISLAND
A great place to treat Mom for brunch on May 12th in 2019 is at the Dockside Restaurant on Granville Island. They have an exceptional brunch with sittings at 10 am and 1 pm. Menu items include everything from omelettes to waffles, seafood, prime rib and amazing desserts. This is one of Vancouver’s top Mother’s Day Brunch venues, so call 604-685-7070 to book your table before it’s too late!
Take Mom out for Dinner
Instead of taking one’s mother out for brunch, many people go out for lunch or dinner. For a list of great places, check out Metro Vancouver’s Best Restaurants.
Spend the Day with Mom and the Family
In addition to a nice meal out and taking in special weekend events, a popular way to treat Mom special is to take her to one of Vancouver’s best places outdoors. If the weather is good, great venues for family time include anywhere in Vancouver’s Top Parks and Places in Nature.