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

Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature

Open daily
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

Open daily

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

Hermetic Code Tour

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

 Boom at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

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 Quilt Tour, Interlake, Manitoba

Various locations

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 Mother's Day

May 8
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

Whitehouse Bakery

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

Open daily
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

Livery Barn Steinbach

May 8
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

Spring Garden

May 10
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

Fascinator High Tea at McLeod House

May 9
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

Mother's Day Tea and Plant Sale

May 10
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

Bridge Drive-In

Give your mom something sweet this weekend… take her for ice cream! The Bridge Drive-In, Sargent Sundae, Eva’s Gelato, or Banana Boat are some of the best places to satisfy those ice cream cravings.

Be inspired at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Open Tuesday to Sunday
The Forks

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 Mother's Day

May 8
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

Trail riding in Manitoba

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

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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