Mother's Day in Montreal: Things to Do May 14, 2017

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    Make It a Montreal Mother's Day to Remember

    Mother's Day in Montreal is enchanting. Plan for the perfect day with Mom.
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    How do you celebrate Mother's Day in Montreal? There are plenty of ways to show Mom how much you appreciate her. And a lot of those ideas are anything but original. But that's okay. They do the job and then some, creating lasting memories which bring loved ones closer together.

    Where I come in is in the details. Taking the Mother's Day brunch route? Great. But don't bring her to any old run of the mill chain restaurant. Make this Mother's Day special. Show Mom you did your homework by bring her to the best spot. 

    Also note that the gifts I recommend are, for the most part, experiences. Not objects. There's a reason for that

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    Mother's Day in Montreal: The Flowers

    Montreal Mother's Day gift ideas include flowers.
    ••• Above: flowers for sale at the Jean-Talon Market. wichan yingyongsomsawas / Getty Images

    How to celebrate Mother's Day in Montreal? Start with flowers. Obviously.

    Montreal's public markets are bursting with floral options, especially Atwater Market and Marché Jean-Talon, which both offer hanging plants, potted flowers as well as bouquets. just in time for Mother's Day.

    Consider picking up something salty—raw milk cheese, maple cured salmon, samosas- or sweet -baklava, cake, berries—while you're there.

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    Mother's Day in Montreal: The Brunch

    Mother's Day in Montreal? Bring Mom to one of these top brunch spots.
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    Mother's Day brunch. The quintessential standby activity par excellence. But don't bring Mom just anywhere. Treat her to the best brunch in Montreal.

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    Mother's Day in Montreal: The Stroll

    Mother's day activities in Montreal? Go for a spring stroll, like at the Montreal Botanical Garden.
    ••• Above: cherry blossoms blooming in the Montreal Botanical Garden's arboretum. RENAULT Philippe / Getty Images

    Finished brunch and want to walk off the meal with Mom? Beautiful spots include Mount Royal Park, St. Joseph's Oratory, Parc Jean-Drapeau and Parc la Fontaine.

    Another choice locale for a lengthy walk with plenty of eye candy? The Montreal Botanical Garden. It's free to walk through its outdoor gardens until Mother's Day itself, May 14, 2017 and with any luck, the arboretum's cherry blossoms will be in full bloom. But no guarantees. Cherry blossom bloom season is short-lived and its onset tends to occur mid-month but it varies every year.

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    Mother's Day in Montreal: The Tam Tams

    Mother's Day in Montreal? Consider bring Mom to the Tam Tams.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Matias Garabedian (CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Heading out for that stroll after all? If you're thinking of Mount Royal Park, keep an eye out for the Tam Tams, a weekly Sunday fixture in the park in Montreal's warmer months. You could even prepare a picnic for the occasion. Make a bee line for the angel statue, follow the drum beat and you're there.

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    Mother's Day in Montreal: The Compost

    Mother's Day in Montreal activities? Pick up some free compost and fertilize Mom's gardens.
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    Did you choose long lasting potted flowers over ephemeral bouquets for Mother's Day? Take your gift one step further and offer to transplant the flowers in Mom's garden. And fertilize them with free compost made available by the city of Montreal every Mother's Day weekend.

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    Mother's Day in Montreal: The Tea

    Mother's Day in Montreal? Bring Mom out for a traditional afternoon high tea experience.
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    In many ways, a traditional high tea experience can be even more fun than standard brunch. The finger foods, the dainty desserts, the scones with clotted cream, a bag of high-end loose leaf tea for the road... here's where to go in Montreal for the best high tea experience.

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    Mother's Day in Montreal: The Spa

    Montreal Mother's Day activities include spa day on a boat at Bota Bota.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Bota Bota

    Dazzle Mom with a spa experience she's never had before. Dreamy chocolate baths, sensory deprivation (the good kind), Nordic water circuits, and boat spa therapy are a just a few of the many treatments Montreal's top spas offer.

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    Mother's Day in Montreal: The Cycle

    Montreal Mother's Day ideas include spending the day cycling around the city.
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    Is Mom the active type? Is the weather forecast calling for clear skies? Treat the family matriarch to a spring bike ride in your company. Just pick a route and go. Here are my favorite cycling destinations in Montreal.

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    Mother's Day in Montreal: The Something Else

    Mother's Day in Montreal.
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    Need more Montreal Mother's Day ideas? My Montreal May events hit list is full of activity ideas, from concerts to festivals to free things to do.

    And check out my Montreal weekend, Montreal museums, and Montreal family activities guides for additional outing inspiration.