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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.

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.



Beginning in mid-March, 2020, events and attractions have been closing and getting cancelled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. As a result, most if not all events scheduled to take place on Mother’s Day in 2020 did not happen.

As of early May, restaurants were still not allowed to offer dine-in services (which includes Sunday brunches), community rec centres are closed, and even events like the Chilliwack Tulip Festival were cancelled!

Hopefully things will return to normal soon. In the meantime, before heading out to a Mother’s Day event or to a restaurant for brunch, check the status of your event or destination.

To learn more about Lower Mainland events and activities impacted by the pandemic, see our article about COVID-19 and Vancouver Event Cancellations.


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/or most years. We also list general suggestions on other ways to spend time with Mom and make her feel special.


Events on Mother’s Day

Below are some of the events that are scheduled to take place on the Mother’s Day Weekend in 2020 (but details are to be confirmed due to COVID-19).


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 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. (TBC)


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 at 6511 Dyke Road in Richmond, not far from Steveston Village. Both activities usually 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. (TBC)
  • Richmond Night Market – at 8351 River Road in Richmond. (TBC)
  • 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). Whether that was going to be the same or not in 2020 we’ll never know (because as of Friday, May 8th, the venue was still closed)! (TBC)


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 the Ambleside market will likely remain open in 2021. The market is scheduled to be open during its regular 10 am to 3 pm hours on the Mother’s Day Sunday!

    • 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!


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. (TBC)


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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.)

Here are details about the two events:

  • Chilliwack Tulip Festival – Western Canada’s largest flower festival features close to 20 acres of flowers. (TBC)
  • 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 in 2021. (TBC)

In 2020, a Fraser Valley event that did take place was the Mother’s Day Breakfast at Maan Farms in Abbotsford. From 9 am until 12 pm on May 9th and 10th people who bought their tickets in advance can show up in their car, get a tasty crepe and beverage, go for a drive through a part of the farm, and see Queen Elsa. For details, see our article about Maan Farms. (2021 details TBC.)


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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 will be able to offer their usual sit-down buffets. The best you were able to do in 2020 is order take-out or delivery, or do the cooking yourself at home! Hopefully more restaurants will be open in 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, so in 2021 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. 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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