No matter how much you may have gotten on each others’ nerves over the years, there’s just no getting around the fact that you simply wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for good ol’ Mom. To thank her for all she’s done for you this year, skip the fatty brunch and sugary chocolate and instead, opt for one of these healthy mother’s day options.
For the Outdoorsy Mom
1) Take a Hike
While the higher-elevation hikes might still be closed at this time of year, there are plenty of year-round hiking spots you can trek through in the spring. Check out Pacific Spirit Regional Park (Vancouver), Lighthouse Park (North Shore, shown above), Rice Lake (North Shore), Cypress Falls (North Shore), Capilano Canyon (North Shore), Norvan Falls (North Shore), or any of the other hikes listed on Vancouver Trails as “year-round”.
2) Walk, Bike or Rollerblade the Seawall
Grab a couple coffees and take Mom on an easy, scenic stroll around this beautiful city. Go for as long or as short a distance as you want; you can always flag down a cab if you’ve had enough.
Want to do more of the seawall but don’t think you’ll get there by foot? Rent some city bikes or rollerblades from Bayshore Bike Rentals or Spokes, both near the entrance to Stanley Park on Georgia and Denman.
3) Put on your Tennis Whites
Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition? With so many tennis courts around the city, you’re sure to find a free spot to volley back and forth.
4) Spend a Day on the Links
Is Mom an avid golfer? Find out what her favourite course is and take her out for a round. Still learning? Try and executive course or opt for a pitch-n-putt or mini golf instead!
For the Adventure Seeking Mom
5) Take a Tandem Bungee Jump
Hug it out with a tandem bungee jump at Whistler Bungee! Nothing says “I love you, Mom” like an extreme, adrenaline-filled hug as you fall 160ft towards the glacial Cheakamus River.
6) Zipline Through the Mountains
Both Grouse Mountain and Whistler Ziptrek offer incredible zipline experiences throughout the year. Take advantage of going in the spring to see the landscape still covered in leftover winter snow. Be sure to dress warm!
For the Aspiring Chef Mom
7) Browse the Local Public Market
Decide on a home-cooked dinner menu then take a trip with Mom over to Granville Island. Browse through the tables upon tables of irresistibly fresh ingredients and pick up the tab along the way. Spend the rest of the day as a duo in the kitchen.
8) Take a Cooking Class
Brush up on your basic techniques or hone your culinary skills with Mom by taking her out to a cooking class! A large assortment of classes can be found through the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (Kitsilano), Quince (Kitsilano), The Dirty Apron (Downtown Vancouver) or the Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver (Mount Pleasant).
9) Gift a Subscription to Blue Apron
No time to prep for dinner every night? Make mom’s cooking aspirations easy with Blue Apron, an online service that delivers fresh, pre-measured ingredients along with directions for you to create three healthy recipes each week. Simply choose how many weeks you’re interested in, select the number of people you’re cooking for (from 2-6) and then state any dietary restrictions.
10) Put Together a Kitchen Herb Garden
If she’s using herbs in her cooking, there’s no point in continuing to buy those little pre-packaged bundles from the grocery store so keep things fresh by putting together a home herb garden for Mom. Swing by a home and garden store to pick out your own combo or order one that’s pre-made like these kits from Buzzy Seeds.
11) Snack Happy with NatureBox
It’s tough to keep healthy snacks on-hand at all times so for the mom who likes to snack away throughout the day, gift her a subscription to NatureBox, delivering wholesome snacks right to your door. Pick a monthly box size (5, 10 or 20 snack bags), choose your snacks or have them surprise you, then receive your NatureBox on a monthly basis!
Even better? NatureBox works with Feeding America® and has donated over 150,000 meals to the millions of Americans who go hungry.
For the Green Thumb Mom
12) Update her Garden
April showers bring May flowers so you better get started on updating that garden! Take mom out to buy her new flowers, herbs, plants – whatever she wants in her garden this year – then get down and dirty and help her plant her season’s masterpiece.
13) Make a Seed Bouquet
Cut flowers get wilted and die so skip the regular bouquet and make your own lasting version filled with seed packets of her favourite flowers and veggies.