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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 10th in 2020. 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.

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 2020 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 2020:

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 10th in 2020.
  • 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.
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.
    • 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 2020.

Royal Canadian Family Circus in 2020


The Royal Canadian Family Circus is in Richmond starting the week after Mother’s Day. Shows take place at Lansdowne Centre on May 14th to 18th and May 22nd to 24th. Performances also happen in Vancouver at Concord Pacific Place May 28th to 31st and in Cloverdale from June 4th until the 7th.

Want to save money? If you use the promo code VANSBESTPLACES when purchasing general admission tickets you’ll get 2-for-1 pricing! See the Royal Canadian Family Circus website for tickets.

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 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.

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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 last year). The Abbotsford Tulip Festival is sometimes still open however, although it may be 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. (2020 details to be confirmed.)
  • 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. (2020 details to be confirmed.)

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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, 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.


A great place to treat Mom for brunch on Mother’s Day 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.

Stages Bistro & Lounge

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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