10 experiences you can treat mom to for Mother's Day

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The best Mother’s Day gifts are always the ones that involve quality mother-daughter or mother-son time, not just a tangible gift. Instead of buying your Mom perfume or bath crystals, treat her to a spa day with you, a cooking class, or any fun and memorable outing.

Here are some fantastic options in Vancouver for Mother’s Day outings that will be a real treat for Mom.

1. Get a luxury manicure and pedicure together

Mother’s Day is a special occasion, so don’t just take Mom to any old nail salon. A spa such as Vida Spas at the Westin Bayshore offers luxury manicures and pedicures that are more of a full experience compared to most nail salons. The best part about booking this experience at a spa is that it’s not rushed or crowded. Vida Spas spends extra time massaging the hands and feet, and they allow you access to their pool, hot tub, and sauna afterwards so this could easily be a fun full day spent with Mom.

2. A food and wine tour in Vancouver’s most charming neighbourhoods

Vancouver Food Tour‘s guided culinary tours showcase the best restaurant gems within Vancouver’s most charismatic, vibrant, and historic neighbourhoods. They can customize a unique and tasty food, beer & wine tasting tour tailored to you and Mom’s preferences, resulting in the ultimate outing together. This food tour can be in your choice of charming Gastown or trendy Chinatown. This is much more thoughtful and eventful than simply taking Mom out to dinner at a restaurant – and she’ll love this fancy experience.

3. Get facials together

If you take Mom to Physician Skincare Centre, they offer a full-service Hydrafacial treatment that includes a relaxing facial massage, exfoliation, and a full treatment of the skin. A Hydrafacial is a unique type of facial which includes the benefits of antioxidants, hydration, extraction, exfoliation and light therapy. A Hydrafacial is significantly better than a regular facial, and Mom will love how beautiful her skin looks and feels post-treatment.

4. Create art together

A great way to spend a fun evening with Mom is to engage in a unique and creative activity with her. At Raw Canvas in Yaletown, the two of you can enjoy wine and charcuterie and then paint together on raw canvases. Not only will you be creating beautiful art together, but you’ll also create a special mother-daughter memory. You can take your art home with you, and every time you look at it you’ll think of each other.

5. Take a cooking class together

There are plenty of awesome cooking classes in Vancouver to choose from, and a cooking class is the perfect mother-daughter activity to experience together. Leaps and Bounds has interactive cooking classes that are very hands-on and incorporate fresh, local ingredients and nutritious menus. Many of the dishes they teach their students to make are incredibly unique, such as papparadelle pasta with zuchinni ribbons and pesto sauce made from scratch.

The Gourmet Warehouse is another cooking school in Vancouver known to have passionate instructors and menus inspired from all over the globe.

6. Go zip-lining together in Whistler

Do you have an adventurous Mom? Take her on an adventure she won’t forget. Drive her up to Whistler and book a zip-lining excursion with Super Fly Ziplines. They also have a gorgeous tree top adventure which you could do with Mom as well. This is the type of spectacular activity you don’t experience very often, so it’s perfect for a special occasion such as Mother’s Day.

7. High tea

Neverland Tea Salon, Secret Garden Tea Company, and the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver are all adorable spots to take Mom for high tea. Mini delicacies, fancy fruits, and gourmet tea are perfect ingredients for achieving a memorable and extravagant outing. Not only will the two of you share delicious and beautifully arranged tea, but you’ll also have an opportunity to catch up and spend some quality time together.

8. Gardening together

Help Mom beautify her garden by organizing a gardening day with her. Order some wildflower seeds from West Coast Seeds and offer to help her plant and arrange the seeds. Wildflowers are a great choice because they’re colorful and fun to arrange in a garden, but you can choose anything you like based on your Mom’s personal preferences and style.

9. Go on a scenic hike and pack a picnic for the top

Buy some gourmet ingredients for a picnic such as smoked salmon, wine and cheese, and take her on a scenic hike where you can enjoy that picnic at the top with a beautiful view to look at while you eat. A gorgeous hike perfect for a picnic at the top is the Lighthouse Park trail in West Vancouver. You’d be enjoying your picnic with a view of the ocean and a lighthouse. You can choose a hike of your liking on Vancouver Trails. The website will let you know whether or not the hike you’ve chosen is currently open, and how lengthy or difficult of a hike it is.

10. Vancouver Art Gallery followed by dinner at the Gallery Cafe

The Vancouver Art Gallery’ s current exhibit is MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture and it’s a fantastic exhibit to see. After seeing the art exhibit and soaking up some culture with Mom, take her for dinner at the Gallery Cafe. The cafe’s adorable outdoor seating amongst colourful flowers and lush greenery makes for the perfect Mother’s Day dinner.

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