15 Things To Do On Vancouver Island To Celebrate Mom

15 Things To Do On Vancouver Island To Celebrate Mom

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No matter if you live on the Island or choose to enjoy a day, weekend, or longer there, this is a fantastic place to spend some time with that wonderful woman you call Mom. Our mothers deserve some pampering and fun, and if you are looking for plenty of activities to keep you busy while you are there, then visiting the Island will give you lots of options. Certainly, if your Mother loves flowers, plants or gardens, this is the place you should be heading on Mother’s Day weekend.

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15 Fun Things To Do and around Vancouver For Mother’s Day

SEA CIDER MAY DAY

Is this not the prettiest cider house you ever did see?! The family-owned Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse located on the stunning Saanich Peninsula is home to more than 1,300 apple trees, producing some of the world’s finest cider since it opened in 2007. In spring, their outdoor patio is the perfect place to stop in for a refreshment straight from the orchard paired perfectly with a plate to share of organic cheese and other local goodies. It’s also a gorgeous venue for weddings, corporate events and family functions.🍎🍎🍎
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Held in Saanichton on Vancouver Island, Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse is a great place to spend some time with your mom this Mother’s Day. Not only are they celebrating Moms everywhere, they are also celebrating a 2000-year-old tradition of May Day. Free admission lets you into the farm to enjoy live music, dancing performances, and more, and you can purchase cider and food while you are there. Details

23RD ANNUAL ROYAL ROADS UNIVERSITY MOTHER’S DAY PAINT-IN AND CRAFT FAIR

About a half an hour outside of Victoria, on Vancouver Island, you can find the beautiful Hatley Castle, Park and Gardens, where you can attend an amazing event on this special day. A community outdoor festival consisting of artists, family entertainment, artisan items for sale, and of course the stunning gardens, and historical information in the castle itself. A lovely day out and a nice way to spend some quality time with your mother. Details

EMPRESS HOTEL AFTERNOON TEA

 

Everyone knows that you can’t get a better afternoon tea than at the fabulous Empress Hotel in Victoria, so why not splurge and take your mom on this special occasion. The ambiance alone makes an impression, and that is before a sip or a taste has even been enjoyed. Of course, if you really want to go all out here, there is also a brunch available on Mother’s Day. Details

ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY MUSICAL GARDEN TOUR

On both May 12th and 13th this year you can find enjoyment in phenomenal spring gardens and beautiful music as you enjoy time with your mother. The two-day pass gives you access to ten stunning gardens, and live music is performed by students, faculty and guest musicians of the Victoria Conservatory of Music. If you are spending the weekend on the Island, then celebrate with this event. Details

MOTHER’S DAY AT BUTCHART GARDENS

Butchart Gardens…the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen

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The month of May is the perfect time to be visiting the Gardens, and so a visit here on this special Sunday will be a definite hit. Along with the impressive array of plants throughout the Gardens, you can savour a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch or Afternoon Tea right on-site. Check the website for reservation details.

MERRIDALE MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH BUFFET


Where to better celebrate than at the Merridale Cidery & Distillery, located about 45 minutes outside of Victoria by Cobble Hill. This delicious destination offers an affordable brunch just for the moms in your lives. There are two seating times, and it is recommended that you make reservations in advance. Details

MOTHER’S DAY CONCERT IN SAANICH

An amazing free concert put on by the Reynolds High School Orchestra in Playfair, this event starts at 2:00 pm and goes for about two hours, so there is plenty of time to enjoy another activity or a meal in the area. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the open air concert featuring the Alumni Band, Senior Jazz Band and the Senior Concert Band as they create beautiful music in an equally beautiful setting. Parking is limited, so consider getting there early or using public transport. Details

DANISH CANADIAN CLUB NANAIMO MOTHER’S DAY PANDEKAGE & ANDESPIL AFTERNOON

Treat your Mom to some yummy Danish pancakes at this fun afternoon held at the Bowen Park Club House in Nanaimo. Starting at noon, this event only costs $15.00 per person, and includes a rousing game of Andespil – Bingo! If your Mom loves to dab those numbers, then head on over to spend an enjoyable afternoon with her at this event. Details

CELEBRATE MOM! MOZZARELLA AND FROMAGE BLANC 2 FOR 1

OK, yes, this technically isn’t an event on Vancouver Island, but since Gabriola Island is only 5 kilometers off the coast from Nanaimo, we figure it is close enough. A 20-minute ferry service easily takes you out to the island, so turn this outing into a day trip and enjoy every moment with that lovely lady in your life. At this unique event you will learn to make mozzarella, burrata and bocconcini, and also will walk away with enough ingredients to make over 5 pounds of cheese for yourself at home! Details

OCEANSIDE MOTHER’S DAY 10K RUN & 5K WALK/RUN

Held in Parksville, this run takes your through Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, or the Englishman River Estuary depending on the length you choose to participate in. You don’t need to be a Mom to enter, so take your whole family and revel in the beauty of the area as you participate in this great event. Spend some quality time with your Mother outdoors and delight in her presence as you delight in the scenery. This event supports the Parksville Haven Society. Details

TRIO SAYSO MOTHER’S DAY CONCERT: NURTURING CONNECTION

Held at the Bethlehem Centre in Nanaimo, this trio uses vocals, cello, banjo and keyboard to create beautiful music designed to celebrate the nurturer in all of us and connect people in spirit. For a relaxing afternoon of creative folk and world music, this is a good event for those Moms who are music lovers. Details

COASTAL WATERBIRD SURVEY

This is not technically a Mother’s Day event, but very conveniently happens to fall on the right day. For Moms who are bird lovers but don’t necessarily have the knowledge, this is a great hour out with some experienced birders to learn how to identify local birds. Bring some binoculars and dress appropriately, as the time will be spent at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre. Everyone is welcome, so get your whole family out to spend some quality time with Mom. Details

HOW TO GROW AND USE MEDICINAL PLANTS

Again, this is not a Mother’s Day event specifically, but because it falls on the right day and could be of great interest to some women, we are including it in this list. An intro to both ecological gardening and herbal medicine, this workshop will be held at the Fernwood Community Centre and will be held partially outdoors, so make sure you dress appropriately. An amazingly informative and enjoyable afternoon activity sure to intrigue your Mom. Details

VANCOUVER ISLAND CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL

Yes, this is a children’s event, but if you are a family with smaller children and want to spend some family time together on Mother’s Day weekend, we are sure that Mom’s will love the chance to also meet some of the authors of their kids favourite Canadian books. Held on Saturday, May 12th, this is a great event if you are planning a whole Mother’s Day Weekend out. Presentations, crafts, live music, dancing, food carts, face painting, activity tents, dress-up, and a book market complete this event. What better way for Mom’s to celebrate being Mom’s than spending some absolutely fun time with their kids. Details

WILD EDIBLE & MEDICINAL PLANTS WALK

Located north of Nanaimo and near to Parksville, there is an interesting event being held in Errington that may be of some interest to Mom’s of all ages who love the outdoors and plant life. A fun and informative session with a qualified biologist, this in an opportunity to learn about how local plants can be used, which are edible, and much more. There are limited spaces, so if this sounds like the right activity to treat your Mom to, then reserve your spaces soon. Details
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