Unique Things to Do Mother’s Day in Toronto

McMichael Gallery, photo Stephanie Spencer
McMichael Gallery, photo Stephanie Spencer

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14, 2017. Taking your mom out for Mother’s Day brunch or lunch is always a great idea, but if you’re looking for unique things to do Mother’s Day in Toronto in 2016, read further for these Mother’s Day ideas.

McMichael Gallery, photo Stephanie Spencer
McMichael Gallery, photo Stephanie Spencer

McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Take mom for a drive to Kleinburg, Ontario, a half an hour north of Toronto and visit the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, home of a collection that includes works by Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, First Nations, Inuit and contemporary artists. If the weather is warm, you can also go for a walk along the gallery’s trails crossing 100 acres of conservation land. Enjoy lunch in Kleinburg at a number of popular restaurants including Chartreuse, Avlyn Gardens and Villagio Ristorante. The McMichael Gallery is open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is Adults $18, Seniors (65+) $15, Students $15 and Children (5 and under) Free.

Toronto Botanical Garden

If you are looking for ideas for Mother’s Day in Toronto in 2017 that are outdoors, consider visiting the Toronto Botanical Garden and admire the first flowers of spring in full bloom. If you’re up for an extended walk, you can stroll through Edwards Gardens and Wilket Creek Park. Wrap up your walk with a visit to the nearby Shops at Don Mills and stop in for lunch or dinner at Linda Modern Thai, Joey Don Mills or Glow Fresh Grill & Wine Bar.

Ferry crossing to Centre Island
View of City of Toronto skyline including Toronto Island ferry.

Mother’s Day Brunch on Mariposa Cruises

Enjoy Mother’s Day brunch in Toronto while cruising on the Northern Spirit, one of the largest boats in the Toronto Harbour on Sunday, May 14, 2017. The boat will cruise around the Toronto Islands with a view of Toronto’s skyline and Harbourfront.

  • 2-hour cruise through the Toronto Harbour from 12 noon to 2 p.m. (boarding at 11:30 a.m.)
  • Welcome Aboard Mother’s Day Mocktail
  • A complimentary rose for mom
  • Free family portrait
  • Fully licensed cash bar with beer, wine and specialty cocktail menu
  • Brunch includes croissants, muffins, seasonal fresh fruit, yogourt, cereal, Summer Quinoa Salad, Cinnamon French Toast, scrambled eggs, hickory smoked bacon, pork/beef breakfast sausage, Yukon Gold home fries, carving of AAA roast beef, honey-glazed Virginia ham, passed cannoli, freshly-brewed coffee, orange pekoe and herbal teas.

Mother’s Day Brunch cruise on Northern Spirit is Adult $52.95 + HSC + HST; Senior $52.95 + HSC + HST; Child (4-12) $27.95 + HSC + HST; Child (3 and under) Free.

The Bodyguard at Ed Mirvish Theatre

Enjoy this production of The Bodyguard straight from London’s West End. The play focuses on Frank Farmer, a former Secret Service agent, who is hired to protect Rachel Marron, a star who is being stalked. The last performance of The Bodyguard at Ed Mirvish Theatre is on Mother’s Day, Sun., May 14, 2017 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $175, $139, $115, $95, $65 and $45. Purchase tickets online.

Food Nook Tour on Mother’s Day

Take your mom on a discovery walk of some of the food shops and cafes on Roncesvalles Avenue. You’ll taste pastries and exotic, ginger elixirs. The tour begins at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 14, 2017. The cost is $30 per person.

Mother’s Day at Toronto Blue Jays Game

If you’re looking for ideas for Mother’s Day in Toronto, why not take mom to see the Toronto Blue Jays on Mother’s Day? Rogers Centre is planning special Mother’s Day promotions for the Toronto Blue Jays game on Sunday, May 14, 2017. For example, the first 20,000 fans will receive a Marco Estrada Bobblehead. Also, the 200 level WestJet Flight Deck will be offering pampering for moms at the Mother’s Day Oasis. The Toronto Blue Jays play the Seatle Mariners on Mother’s Day and the game starts at 1:07 p.m. Tickets are $26, $28,, $45.50, $48, $52.50, $54, $77, $81.50, $85.50, $89, $91, $99.50 and $297.


  1. Thanks for sharing! I didn’t know that Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap will be performed in Toronto again!

  2. Thank you for all the tips, as I live in Toronto and didnt know about most of these 🙂

  3. I’ve never been to Toronto or anywhere close but I’d sure love to visit with my mom some day. The botanical gardens look beautiful and would be perfect for a mother/daughter day.

  4. I love the botanical gardens. We normally do picnics every year, my mom loves nature and relaxing with the family.

    • Yes, I love the botanical garden too! So peaceful! Picnics are great with the whole family! Cheers, Lori

  5. I’ve never been to Toronto.. but this looks like a lot of fun. Looks like a beautiful city and I would love to go there someday. Thanks for all your great suggestions.. I will be bookmarking this blog post for sure so I can revisit it if I ever actually make the trip to Canada

  6. We’re not too far away, we’re down in Wisconsin and have spoke about going up to Canada with the kids. These all look like fun things to do, I’ll keep them in mind if we ever come up to Toronto.

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