Mother's Day Weekend in Ottawa

Moms are amazing, aren’t they? Who else would do your washing, cook you delicious Sunday dinners, pick you up every time you fall, be a constant shoulder to cry on and still fuss and worry about you long after you’ve grown up and left home?

In recent years our wonderful mums have taken to the blogosphere in their droves, to laugh, cry and share their hard-earned wisdom with their loyal followers. From humorous accounts of everyday family life to parenting tips and tricks, these blogs have created active online communities and brought people together from all walks of life.

With Mother’s Day just around the corner (Sunday May 14 – a little reminder for you!), we thought we’d celebrate by bringing you five ideas to celebrate you Mom.


1. Ottawa Tulip Festival

Get out and enjoy the outdoors this Mother's Day weekend  by welcoming spring at the world's largest tulip festival! This popular annual event features massive tulip displays, family fun and more.

May 12 - 23, the Canadian Tulip Festival celebrates the seasonal flower’s beauty and its historic ties to Canada’s capital. The outdoor event takes place at Commissioners Park, where over 300,000 tulips bloom alongside the Rideau Canal's picturesque Dows Lake. Access to the site and select programming is free!

Take photos and selfies amongst the dozens of multicoloured garden beds; The largest and most impressive tulip displays in Ottawa are at Commissioners Park, located near Dows Lake along the Rideau Canal. Stroll along a one-kilometre (over half a mile) pathway that winds through large garden beds filled with over 300,000 multicoloured blooms. Each year, dozens of varieties of early, mid-season and late-blooming tulips are planted for maximum tulip enjoyment. Frame your shots to include some of the gorgeous mature trees that pepper the green space. During the annual Canadian Tulip Festival, the park also hosts special programming including workshops, guided tours and a pretty boutique. Visit the heritage display to learn about the historic gift of tulips which led to the festival’s creation; shop for fresh cut flowers, crafts, art and more at the tulip boutique.

2. Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea in Laurier Room

Celebrate Mother’s day with Afternoon Tea served in the Laurier room of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.

Enjoy a classic afternoon tea service featuring a selection of delicious desserts, savoury sandwiches, and our famous 1912 recipe scones.

Live music will be played to enhance your experience.

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3. Music For Mom - Mother's Day Brunch

Russell Rocks presents Music for Mom Mother's Day Brunch event. Live music, great food, kids' table and much more. Proceeds go to Russell Rocks Community Sound Stage project.

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4. Dance Until Midnight - Nature Nocturne

Experience the Canadian Museum of Nature in a new light while DJs fill the castle with awesome sound! Meet artists throughout the galleries. Discover four floors of world-class museum exhibitions. Thought-provoking, interactive, immersive, social—an exciting and different kind of museum experience!

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5. Shop Until You Drop - 613flea

The not-for-profit 613flea is a humongous once-a-month marketplace held in the historic Aberdeen Pavilion at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa. The free-to-attend event features an exciting (and ever-changing!) lineup of over 140 vendors who offer eclectic goods, hand-made treasures, vintage finds and one-of-a-kind. Makers and bakers, artists and artisans, antiques and vintage clothing, records and comics, plus great food too!

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