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Mother’s Day in Victoria: 7 Amazing Things to Do That Will Please Any Mom

Mothers Day Victoria

Mother’s Day in Victoria can be spent here, at the magnificent Butchart Gardens (Photo: paulhami)

Mother’s Day in Victoria is perfectly timed: the gardens are blooming, the sun is shining and the city is buzzing. But what to do with your mom? Skip the predictable and choose something from our list of top picks for an charming and unforgettable Mother’s Day in Victoria.

See the list of 7 amazing things to do on Mother’s Day in Victoria »

MOTHER’S DAY IN VICTORIA: Gardens Galore
Stretching the festivities across the entire weekend is the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s annual Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Tour on May 11 and 12. Your two-day pass grants exclusive passage to 10 hand-picked, enchanting private gardens in Victoria, featuring live music from VCM students and faculty, plus a fantastic plant sale and silent auction. For visitors, the conservatory has also partnered with the Oswego Hotel for a special Mother’s Day Garden Tour promotion.
• Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Tour, Victoria Conservatory of Music, 900 Johnson St., 250-386-5311, vcm.bc.ca
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MOTHER’S DAY IN VICTORIA: Brunch With a View
At the Fairmont Empress Hotel, overlooking the Inner Harbour, savour a special Mother’s Day brunch buffet in the Crystal Ballroom, with such favourites as West Coast Benedict, stuffed French toast, seafood platters and a deluxe dessert buffet.
• Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet, Fairmont Empress Hotel, 721 Government St., 250-384-8111, fairmont.com
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MOTHER’S DAY IN VICTORIA: Crafty Times
In the West Shore, about 20 minutes’ drive from downtown, Hatley Park National Historic Site at Royal Roads University will welcome more than 3,000 visitors for the annual Mother’s Day Paint-in and Craft Fair, a celebration of local arts and crafts set amid the beautiful historic setting of Hatley Castle.
• Hatley Park National Historic, 2005 Sooke Rd., 8666-241-0674, hatleypark.ca
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MOTHER’S DAY IN VICTORIA: Photo Finish
The Oak Bay Beach Hotel, on the water in historic Oak Bay, offers a seasonally inspired world-class brunch in the elegant David Foster Foundation Theatre. The hotel’s professional photographer will also be on hand to provide a complimentary keepsake of your day.
• Oak Ridge Bay Hotel, 1175 Beach Dr., 250-598-4556, oakbaybeachhotel.com
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MOTHER’S DAY IN VICTORIA: Music to Mom’s Ears
The Newcombe Singers Choir hosts a spring tea and concert Sunday, May 12 at St. Mary’s Church in Oak Bay, where guests will enjoy Durufle’s Requiem and Motets, as well as a selection of lighter fare.
• Newcombe Singers, St. Mary’s Church, 1701 Elgin St., Oak Bay, newcombesingers.com

MOTHER’S DAY IN VICTORIA: Outdoor Harmonies
In the community of Saanich, neighbouring Victoria to the north, Mother’s Day brings the annual free, outdoor concert amid the beautiful rhododendrons at Playfair Park – bring your lawn chair and enjoy the free open air concert.
• Playfair Park, Glenora Pl. and Quadra St., Saanich, saanich.ca

MOTHER’S DAY IN VICTORIA: Tea and Springtime
Visitors to the renowned Butchart Gardens have several choices for sharing mom’s special day – in addition to the lovely gardens, of course! A Mother’s Day Buffet will be served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Blue Poppy Restaurant while a special Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea will also be served in the Dining Room restaurant. Children’s options are available and reservations are advised.
• Butchart Gardens, 800 Benvenuto Ave., Saanich, 1-866-652-4422, butchartgardens.com 
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