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Mother’s Day in Vancouver

Mother's Day in Vancouver

Mother’s Day takes place on the second Sunday in May each year, so on May 8th in 2022. It’s a day to celebrate mothers everywhere, including in Vancouver.

For a list of top restaurants to treat your mom at see our article about Mother’s Day Buffet Brunch Venues. For a list of events and activities that take place on the weekend of the special day most years, see below or check out our May Calendar of Events.



Not a lot happened on Mother’s Day in 2021 because of the pandemic. There was a Drive-Thru Food Truck Event in Chillwack, and moms got free admission at Maan Farms in Abbotsford. Restaurants were also open for takeout and patio service, and there were lots of Parks and Places in Nature to explore outdoors. Other than that, most people spent the day close to home.

In 2020, beginning in mid-March, events and attractions were closing and getting cancelled due to the initial outbreak of the coronavirus. By Mother’s Day in 2020, most places were closed and not a lot was happening. In 2021, a lot of attractions in Vancouver were open. Restaurants were also allowed to operate, but only for delivery, takeout and outdoor patio service.

As of late May 2021 the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing, resulting in various restrictions still being imposed by government. Non-essential travel is prohibited, for example, and you’re not supposed to socialize with people outside your immediate bubble, and especially not indoors. Consequently, not a lot of events and activities were not possible on Mother’s Day in 2021.

Most museums and places of interest continued to operate, but with reduced capacities (and only for groups within the same bubbles). To see what is operating, see our article about What’s Open in COVID-19 Vancouver.

Because of the state of the world, before heading out to a Mother’s Day event or to a restaurant for brunch, check the status of your event or destination.


Mother’s Day in Vancouver

There are lots of great ways to spend the Mother’s Day Weekend in the Lower Mainland (at least in years without pandemics).

Below we list events that were going to take place on the Mother’s Day Weekend in 2020 and that have also taken place in the past. We also list general suggestions on other ways to spend time with Mom and make her feel special.


Mother's Day in Vancouver


Events on Mother’s Day

Below are some of the events that were scheduled to take place on Mother’s Day Weekend in 2020, but then got cancelled. Some of them were able to return in 2021.


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 was scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 9th, in 2021. However, it was cancelled.
London Farm Plant Sale
Mother’s Day at London Heritage Farm


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 in Richmond most years. The historic site isn’t far from Steveston Village. Activities usually take place on the Saturday and Sunday.
  • Richmond Night Market – at 8351 River Road in Richmond. As of late May 2021, the market is not operating. Hopefully it will be able to open later in the summer. Fingers crossed!
  • Richmond Olympic Experience – in previous years moms have gotten free admission to the interactive sports museum on Mother’s Day (when accompanied by at least one paying family member). The venue was closed in 2021.


Mother’s Day on the North Shore

  • Ambleside Artisan Farmers Market in West Vancouver at Ambleside Park. Farmers markets have been deemed an essential food service during COVID-19 so this market was open on the Mother’s Day Sunday in 2021.

    • TIP: After shopping, go for a nice stroll along the waterfront. On a sunny day, the entire region is spectacular! The beach is also a lovely place for a picnic!


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Mother’s Day in Surrey

  • Glades Garden Mother’s Day Event – the garden at 561 172nd Street in Surrey usually has a special event on the Sunday. Admission is about $7 but free for children under age 12. Parking is generally extremely limited but shuttle service is usually available for the event from Darts Hill Garden Park which is located at 1633 170th Street. Both gardens were open on Mother’s Day in 2021 though tickets were limited.


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. Neither were, however, in 2021.

Note: In 2020 both tulip festivals were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In 2021 the one in Abbotsford didn’t happen at all.

Here are details about the two events:

  • Chilliwack Tulip Festival – Western Canada’s largest flower festival features close to 20 acres of flowers. Its last day in 2021 was May 2nd, the week before Mother’s Day.
  • Abbotsford Tulip Festival – Mother’s Day was the final day of the season in 2019 for the 10 acres of tulip fields in Abbotsford. It was cancelled for 2021 and all future years because it has moved to a new venue in BC’s interior.

In 2020, a Fraser Valley event that did take place was the Mother’s Day Breakfast at Maan Farms in Abbotsford. People who bought tickets in advance could show up in their cars, get a tasty crepe and beverage, go for a drive through a part of the farm, and see Queen Elsa.

They did something similar in 2021 with a Mother’s Day Goat Yoga Wine & Dine. With tickets came an hour of Hatha yoga (with goats), dinner and wine spritzers.


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 (or at least they do in years without pandemics). This includes some of the region’s finest establishments as well as some of the most reasonably-priced.

See our article about Top Mother’s Day Buffets for a list of places to treat Mom! Because of the COVID-19 virus, however, none of the Lower Mainland’s restaurants were able to offer their usual sit-down buffets in either 2020 or 2021. The best you were able to do 2021 was go to places with patios that offered outdoor dine-in service.

TIP: In years when there isn’t a pandemic, restaurants offering Mother’s Day buffet brunches often fill up well in advance. Book early if you want a spot!



A great place to treat Mom for brunch on Mother’s Day most years is at the Dockside Restaurant on Granville Island. They usually 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.


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. Some of our favourites include the following:

For other ideas on things to do with Mom and the family, check out the following: