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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 9th in 2021. It’s a day to celebrate mothers everywhere, including in Vancouver.

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.



Last year, beginning in mid-March, events and attractions were closing and getting cancelled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. By Mother’s Day in 2020, most places were closed and not a lot was happening.

As of early March in 2021, most attractions and restaurants in Vancouver are open. The COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing though, resulting in various restrictions still being imposed by the government. What events and activities will be possible on Mother’s Day in 2021 is yet to be determined.

Hopefully restaurants can offer special meal options, even if for reduced numbers of people. And hopefully at least some attractions, like the Chilliwack Tulip Festival, can operate and allow guests to visit with their mothers and grandmothers. Fingers crossed!

Because of the state of the world with respect to COVID-19, 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 the Mother’s Day Weekend in 2020, but then got cancelled. Hopefully at least some of them can happen in 2021 (but with exact details to be confirmed).


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 is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 9th, in 2021.
  • 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. (To be confirmed for 2021.)


London Farm Plant Sale
Mother’s Day Plant Sale 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, not far from Steveston Village. Both activities usually take place on the Saturday and Sunday. (To be confirmed for 2021.)
  • Richmond Night Market – at 8351 River Road in Richmond. (TBC)
  • 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). That didn’t happen last year because of the coronavirus. 2021 details are to be confirmed.


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 will likely be 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. (To be confirmed for 2021.)


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 wasn’t though (as its last day of the season was on May 1st that year). The Abbotsford Tulip Festival is sometimes still open, however, although it can be a bit past its prime (depending on the weather and state of the growing season).

(Note: In 2020 both tulip festivals were cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic and in 2021 the one in Abbotsford isn’t happening 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. (To be confirmed for 2021.)
  • 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. (Cancelled for 2021 and all future years because it’s moving 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. (2021 details TBC.)


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 most years, 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! Because of the COVID-19 virus, however, none of the Lower Mainland’s restaurants were able to offer their usual sit-down buffets last year. The best you were able to do in 2020 was order take-out or delivery, or do the cooking yourself at home! Hopefully more restaurants will be offering dine-in brunches in May 2021.

TIP: In years when there isn’t a pandemic, restaurants offering Mother’s Day buffet brunches often fill up well in advance, so book early.



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. (Note: 2021 details are to be confirmed.)


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:




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