8 Things To Do In Ottawa This Weekend To Make Your Mom Feel Like The Queen She Is

Real-life experiences > another bouquet of flowers.

Ottawa Staff Writer
A woman in a pastel green dress drinking wine at Kin Vineyards. Right: A woman in a flowery dress shopping the Cheerfully Made market in Almonte.

A woman in a pastel green dress drinking wine at Kin Vineyards. Right: A woman in a flowery dress shopping the Cheerfully Made market in Almonte.

Spring is in the air, can you finally feel it? Mother's Day is this weekend and there are some special events where you can spend time with a special woman in your life.

Whether you want to spend some quality time at brunch, browse for unique gifts, or totally immerse yourself in nature, here are eight fun things to do in Ottawa this weekend to celebrate any kind of mom.

Get "zapped" with friendship bracelets

Price: Starting at $35 per bracelet with an extra $30 for "zapping"

When: Appointments weekly Tuesday to Saturday, and some Sundays

Address: 430 Richmond Rd., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Magpie Jewellery's in-house goldsmith will "zap" (a.k.a. weld) "forever bracelets" right onto you and your bestie's wrists. Appointments are booked online at their Westboro location, then you'll choose between sterling silver or gold, the style of chain, and leave with the ultimate friendship bracelet.


Enjoy a special brunch menu

Price: 💸💸 - 💸💸💸

When: May 8, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Address: 18 York St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: There is a special Mother's Day brunch menu that can be reserved online at Restaurant E18hteen. There will be lobster benedict, cinnamon brioche french toast and burrata salad, as well as some other mouth-watering options from which to choose.


Do yoga on a vegetable farm

Price: $15 for non-members

When: May 7, 2022 at 9 a.m.

Address: 2811 Ramsayville Rd., Gloucester, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can start Mother’s Day off with an outdoor yoga class right in the middle of some vegetable fields. Anyone who’s not a member will have to buy their tickets online in advance.


Have a photoshoot with pink blooms 

Price: Free

Address: Dominion Arboretum & other locations around Ottawa

Why You Need To Go: Spring is finally in the air and the magnolias and cherry blossom trees are beginning to bloom. You can search for pink flowers and have a mini photoshoot amongst the trees.


Browse local artisan markets

Price: $5 admission / Free

When: Cheerfully Made, May 7 & 8 and Freewheeling Craft, May 6 & 7 (May 5-8 virtually)

Address: 182 Bridge St., Almonte & 70B Beech St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: These two markets are popping up this Mother’s Day weekend, so you can swing by and find a Canadian-made gift for mom or even go down and shop together. There will be tons of local goods and yummy treats to take home.

Website for Cheerfully Made
Website for Freewheeling Craft

Taste wine in a vineyard

Price: Free to visit, tastings start at $3

When: Reopening May 5, 2022

Address: 2225 Craig's Side Rd., Carp, ON

Why You Need To Go: Kin Vineyards is opening for the season and just in time for Mother's Day weekend. You can join them for wine tours and tastings, and sip away on their beautiful patio amongst the vines.


Treat mom to an overnight stay

Price: $475+ per night

When: May 6 to 7, 2022

Address: 392 Rue Notre Dame, Montebello, QC

Why You Need To Go: You can spoil mom with an overnight stay at the largest log cabin in the world, where you could enjoy a 4-course meal and some spa treatments at the Fairmont Château Montebello.


Have a 3-course dinner

Price: $65 per person

When: May 8, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Address: 1 York St., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: An amazing woman in your life can be treated to a specialty dinner menu at Play Food & Wine. The set meal includes a snow crab bisque, duck breast and white chocolate creme brulee with a glass of wine. Yum!


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