For all of their hard work and sacrifice, Moms deserve to be spoiled. This Mother’s Day, whether she’s your mom or the mother of your children, why say it with flowers when you can take her on a weekend getaway and create lifelong memories? 

Mother’s Day trip ideas

Whether she loves the luxe life, digs the city or prefers to get outside, we’ve got 5.5 ideas for an unforgettable Mother’s Day weekend getaway.

1. For the lady of luxury — A spa resort retreat

Who doesn’t like being pampered? Not only are spa trips great for mother-daughter weekend getaways, they’re perfect for the whole family! Research the best resorts with spas in your area and find a place mom would love.

Then treat her to the weekend of pampering she deserves. Watch the stress melt away after a couple of days! If you’re with kids, take them adventuring while mom gets a massage or spa treatment, then reconvene for a relaxing dinner later.

Check your local Groupon for last minute deals or book in advance using this guide: The Best Spas Across Canada to Pamper Your Mom at.

2. For the urban mama — A city escape

If she’s into fine dining, shopping and shows, a city escape might be just the thing. Book your accommodation in a central location, so you can easily explore the city’s hotspots by foot.

Family walks hand in hand on a footbridge in the city
Stay in a central location so you can explore the city by foot. This will allow you to make the most of your city break!

From Vancouver,  you could drive across the border to Seattle or Portland or take a short flight to San Francisco or L.A. Think getting there’s half the fun? Take the train instead and experience travel the way it used to be done.

From Toronto or Montreal, grab a flight to New York. Or if you’ve got time, plan an old-fashioned road trip.

Prefer to stay close to home? Book a place downtown in your own city. Being a tourist in your town can be an adventure waiting to happen. Don’t forget to encourage your mom to turn off her phone though, so she can still get away from it all!

Note: If you’re heading across the border, or even to the next province, you’ll need travel insurance. It should cover you if you experience an accident or medical emergency while away from home. For two or more family members, family travel insurance is a great option!

3. For the wine connoisseur— A trip to wine country

If she has a palate for fine wine and delicious food, consider a weekend in wine country. As it’ll be May, you should be able to beat the tourist rush and get some shoulder season discounts too.

mother and two children walk through a vineyard
A visit to wine country could be the perfect surprise for the mom in your life! And who knew it could be fun for the whole family too?

Kids in tow? Find a resort that’s kid-friendly. Take the kids on a bike ride or explore a nearby town for hidden treasures, so mom can have some alone time.

If you’re willing to go further afield, the Napa Valley is a great destination for wine lovers. Read Top Attractions in Napa Valley You Will Love!

Before you head out, learn why travel insurance and alcohol don’t mix.

4. For the belle of the beach — A beach break 

Although it won’t be bathing suit season quite yet and it might even be pretty chilly, the beach still has a lot to offer. There’s nothing more relaxing than strolling miles of sand with loved ones…even if you’re bundled in a hat and scarf.

mother and daughter stand on log on beach at sunset
Strolling the beach at sunset is the perfect way to unwind after a day spent whale watching or kayaking.

Canada has some great beach destinations, from Long Beach, British Columbia, Lac-Simon, Quebec to Wasaga Beach, Ontario, and so many more, you’ll be sure to find your fit.

For adventurous souls, book a whale watching tour, kayak or surf lesson.

5. For the outdoor enthusiast — A nature getaway

If the mom in your life loves being outside, make sure her weekend is jam-packed with nature’s finest. Canada’s known for its great outdoors and the options are endless, from swanky resorts to rustic cabins and everything in between.

mother and daughter stand on wooden bridge in forest
Why not explore Canada’s great outdoors for the perfect Mother’s Day getaway? A forest walk creates the perfect bonding opportunity

Check out Airbnb or VRBO for unique, budget friendly accommodation. Choose something ocean-side for beachcombing, fishing and surfing; a ranch for horseback riding and forest walks; or a mountain getaway, to take advantage of that last bit of winter snow.  

5.5 Still not sure where to go?

Ask mom…after all she knows best! 😉

And remember, whether you’re travelling to a neighbouring province or across the border, you’ll need travel insurance to cover you for any unexpected accidents or medical emergencies.

Need more local Mother’s Day trip ideas? For British Columbia, you can enjoy a great Mother’s Day getaway in your own backyard. For Ontario, read up on the best attractions in Ontario for every traveller and for Quebec, discover Quebec City through all four seasons.

Happy Mother’s Day,


5.5 Mother’s Day Getaway Ideas

Apr 2 2018