This week is all about one thing and one thing only: treatin’ your momma. Now, not all moms will enjoy a trip to the tangles of Narcisse, so we’ve included plenty of options on this list. Does your mom need a break away from it all? Thermëa is your Mother’s Day destination. Does your mom prefer a bit of adventure? Take off on a horseback ride. And really, since you’re still considered her baby, it’s only the thought that counts. Here’s what’s hot this week for Mother’s Day…
Sit back and relax at Thermëa
775 Crescent Drive, Winnipeg
Wouldn’t a day spent with mom at a luxurious spa be just the ticket? Your mom will experience relaxation in a whole new way when you both escape to Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature. No reservations are required for the thermal experience, but you can make a reservation to enjoy a massage or face or body treatment. There is also a restaurant onsite, so you can take a break from all that relaxing to enjoy a meal or sip a glass of wine.
Slither to the Narcisse snake pits
If you take your mom to the snake pits this week, she might say to you: “Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?” Just tell her because Mother’s Day is the absolute best time of year to see this wild phenomenon. Spring is a hotbed of activity in Narcisse where you will find the largest gathering of snakes anywhere in the world. Keep an eye on the activity log to ensure your visit is successful.
Watching tens of thousands of red-sided garter snakes at the snake dens came in at number five on our list of Top 10 wildlife encounters.
Unlock the mysteries of the Manitoba Legislative Building
Wednesday evenings from April 27 to October 19
Manitoba Legislative Building
Sign up for an unforgettable evening of magic, mystery and architectural wonder on the Hermetic Code Tour. The charismatic Frank Albo, researcher and inspiration behind the bestseller The Hermetic Code, will take you along a step-by-step tour to reveal a trail of occult clues concealed in the building’s architecture including: hidden hieroglyphic inscriptions,numerological codes, and Freemasonic symbols so intelligently masked they have escaped historians and visitors for nearly a hundred years! This is part of the Canadian Signature Experience collection.
Watch an explosive art performance
April 27 to May 21
John Hirsch Mainstage
BOOM is a solo performance by Rick Miller that takes audiences on a journey through the music, culture and events that defined the baby boomer generation. The innovative stage documentary gives voice to the era’s most influential figures, including JFK, the Beatles and everything/everyone in between.
Take a barn quilt tour
Barn Quilts are exactly what you’d expect – giant quilts on the side of barns! But these quilts aren’t made with your traditional fabric and thread. Instead, they are painting onto wood and hung on barns old and new throughout the Interlake and make for gorgeous roadside attractions. Go on a unique roadtrip and snap a photo of every barn quilt along the way.
All aboard the Prairie Dog Central
Prairie Dog Central
The Prairie Dog Central is movin’ once again as the first run of the season kicks off! Spoil your mom with a relaxing adventure aboard the Prairie Dog Central. You will travel along the stunning prairie landscape to Grosse Isle while an onboard historian tells tales of the past. Upon arrival, browse local vendors and handcrafted items.
Drive for desserts
In Manitoba, we serve up a thick slice of our history, in cake, torte and pastry form. Whether drawing inspiration from Japan, France, or simply from a serious doughnut craving, you can count on our sweet spots to be every bit decadent.
Spend the day at Assiniboine Park
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg
Treat yourself to a full-on romp in the picture-perfect Assiniboine Park. Winnipeg’s urban playground is a delightful maze of gardens, walking and biking trails and indoor attractions. Feed the birds at the duck pond, roam over to the Assiniboine Park Zoo to say hello to wildlife species from around the world, stroll through the Leo Mol Garden, play all day at the Nature Playground, or lay down some eats for an idyllic afternoon picnic.
Have lunch at a Mennonite feast
Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach
The Mennonite Heritage Village is open for the season. Take mom to Steinbach for an outing into the past. Walk through a turn-of-the century Russian Mennonite street village, explore a classic Mennonite housebarn and check out the fully operational Dutch windmill, all before grabbing lunch at the Mother’s Day Lunch at the Livery Barn Restaurant. This is a Mennonite feast you won’t want to miss.
Wander through the International Peace Garden
International Peace Garden, Boissevain
Spend a day with your lovely mom at the International Peace Garden. Enjoy a buffet lunch between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Admission to the garden is FREE. Make a day out of it and take a garden tour of the province.
Don your fascinator for a high tea
McLeod House, Stonewall
Put on your fancy gloves, pearls, best dress and top it off with your fanciest fascinator to enjoy high tea at McLeod House. This high tea is served on a three-tiered tray and consists of fruit cup, party sandwiches, hot hors d’Oeuvres, scones and dainties. Prizes awarded for most creative fascinator! Reservations required.
Enjoy a fine cup of tea
Canadian Mennonite University North Campus, Winnipeg
Reserve your spot to sit down with mom to partake in some delicious conversation and a fine cup at Gardens Manitoba’s Mother’s Day Tea. Shop for some great potted treats at their huge plant sale happening at the same time.
Go out for ice cream
Be inspired at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Open Tuesday to Sunday
Contemplate inspiring stories of struggle and triumph at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. This new national museum strives to create inspiring encounters with human rights, by engaging you in an immersive, interactive experience that offers both the inspiration and tools to make a difference in the lives of others.
Take a day at the marsh
Oak Hammock Marsh
Help mom get a head start on gardening with a wildflower sale at Oak Hammock Marsh. The plants are supplied by prairie originals and a great way to attract butterflies to your yard. The day includes horse-drawn wagon rides and a delicious lunch.
Come alive on horseback
Mosey on over to Birds Hill Park Ranch, Falcon Beach Ranch or Tumbleweeds Ranch to enjoy a trail ride while breathing in the warm spring air and viewing the spectacular scenery. Don’t forget to bring your camera! You may see deer, owls and various other wildlife. The perfect activity before a Mother’s Day brunch!
Get in a game of golf
Is your mom a golf-pro? Picking which club to use to make that shot may be easier than deciding which of Manitoba’s more than 120 golf courses to play. From lakeside links, to fairways next to farmers’ fields, to putting greens nestles along rocky Canadian Shield outcrops, tee off at top courses surrounded by Manitoba’s natural beauty.
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