7 Relaxing Mother’s Day Activities in Montreal

If your typical Mother’s Day is spent quietly at home, it might be time to try something extraordinary. This year, explore the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of MontrealNorth America’s little slice of European charm. What better way to show Mom that you care? Here are just a few of our top picks for Mother’s Day activities in Montreal. 

Things to Do on Mother’s Day in Montreal

1. Floating Spa Day

Start your Mother’s Day morning off with some serious pampering. Bota Bota spa-sur-l’eau, or “spa on the water”, is an oasis of modern luxury anchored in the Old Port of Montreal. Unwind in the Scandinavian style, as you and Mom take a plunge in the hot and cold pools, visit the sauna, and grab a eucalyptus steam bath before relaxing under the sun in a reclining deck chair or hammock—all while enjoying incredible river views.

Where:
358 Rue de la Commune Ouest


2. Explore the Markets

For a mid-afternoon stroll, Montreal’s public markets are not to be missed. Atwater Market is a local landmark on the edge of the Lachine Canal, and the perfect place to pick up a fresh bouquet for Mom. The Jean-Talon Market, in the heart of Little Italy, is one of Montreal’s oldest public marketplaces and a favourite spot for delicacy foods—be sure to try some artisanal cheese, pastries, spices, or ice cream before heading out.

Where:
Atwater Market: 138 Atwater Ave
Jean-Talon Market: 7070 Henri Julien Ave


3. Mother’s Day Brunch

Going out for brunch is a Mother’s Day staple, and this city certainly doesn’t lack for incredible options. Lawrence is a strong contender for the best brunch in Montreal (try the lemon doughnuts and the rotating selection of English-inspired entrées), though expect a line-up at the door. A few of our other favourites include Sparrow (serving up eclectic fusion foods in a vintage bar setting), Le Cartet (a sleek and trendy eatery in the heart of Old Montreal), and Café Régine (with generous portions of creative European entrées and lip-smacking sweets). Request an Uber and we’ll make sure you get to your brunch reservation on time.

Where:
Lawrence: 5201 St Laurent Blvd
Sparrow: 5322 St Laurent Blvd
Le Cartet: 106 McGill St
Café Régine: 840 Rue Beaubien E


4. Picnic in the Park

If the weather allows, a picnic in the sunlight is a great alternative to crowded restaurants. Montreal boasts over a dozen sprawling public gardens and arboretums, but some of our top picks for a peaceful meal include La Fontaine Park and Mont Royal Park. Pick up some lunch from the Jean-Talon Market, or pack your own at home and catch a ride to the park with Uber – what Mom will value most is her time spent with you.

Where:
La Fontaine Park: 1619 QC-138
Mont Royal Park: 1260 Chemin Remembrance
Jean-Talon Market: 7070 Henri Julien Ave


5. Tea for Two

When the afternoon heat picks up, why not treat Mom to a quiet refreshment break? You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to an Old Hollywood set as you sip tea and champagne in the lap of luxury at the famous Palm Court in the Ritz-Carlton Montreal, one of the few AAA Five Diamond hotel in Quebec. For something more on the cozy side, try Salon de thé Cardinal or Le Parloirboth done up in the vintage English tea time style, from the artful décor to the mouthwatering scones. Elevate your tea time by arriving there in style with UberSELECT, the luxury option that is a step above the everyday.

Where: 
Ritz-Carlton: 1228 Sherbrooke St W
Salon de thé Cardinal: 5326 St Laurent Blvd
Le Parloir: 4354 Ave Christophe-Colomb


6. Visit Mont Royal Park

Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (also the co-designer of New York’s Central Park), Mont Royal Park spans an incredible 470 acres across the hilly city center. Visit Beaver Lake on the park’s west side for a sunlit stroll along the water’s edge, or come by at night to watch the sun set and the city skyscrapers light up. The rolling hills of Mont Royal Park have three distinct summits—hike to the top, and a gorgeous panorama of the Montreal skyline is your reward.

Where:
1260 Chemin Remembrance


7. Butterflies Go Free

All around the world, butterflies are powerful symbols of endurance, change, and hope. You and Mom can indulge in the magic of life itself as you stroll amongst thousands of tropical butterflies and moths in the exhibition greenhouses at the Jardin Botanique de Montreal. If this is your first visit to the famous Montreal Botanical Garden, definitely set aside some time to explore the other 190 acres of thematic gardens and greenhouses.

Where:
4101 Rue Sherbrooke Est


Mother’s Day is the perfect time to show Mom just how much you care. Make some memories that will last a lifetime as you explore beautiful Montreal together.

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