Mother’s Day: Devoted to Motherhood Worldwide

Mother and daughter

The first Mother’s Day celebration took place on May 10, 1908, and was declared a national day devoted to motherhood six years later.

It’s no coincidence that Mother’s Day falls smack dab in the middle of Taurus season, when we’re ready to plant our feet firmly on the ground and dig our fingers into the rich earth as we gently nurture the tender shoots springing forth. This is when we lean into Mother Nature, taking its cues to slow down, experience silence and enjoy the beauty around us. Being mindful of those needs will take you far in 2024!

There is no wrong way to shower Mom with love. But if you’re in need of ideas, here are a few favourite ways to honour the woman who raised you. 

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Tap into the Power of Taurus 
Taurus is all about tradition and earthy comforts. Why not start a new tradition and plan a fun couple of days together in Niagara-on-the-Lake? 

Begin by saving a tree and sending her an e-card you created yourself on or a similar website. You can also check out the popular Jackie Lawson e-cards and include your own personal message.

Book a charming bed and breakfast, a country cottage, a villa, an inn or a luxurious apartment through STAY Niagara. There are so many options from which to choose depending on your particular circumstances and needs.

Spend time together at a local nursery or garden centre and pick up a perennial plant she can place in her garden back home. It will be a lovely daily reminder for years to come of your time together. Don’t forget to include a new set of gardening gloves she can wear.

Mother’s Day is a time for all moms to kick up their feet and relax. Schedule a pre-summer manicure and/or pedicure for just the two of you at any of the numerous spas in Old Town.

If that’s not possible, present her with a self-care gift basket filled with bath bombs and other items made for relaxation from NEOB Lavender or One Earth.

Enjoy the colourful tulips on display along Queen Street as you help Mom indulge with a bit of retail therapy at some of the quaint clothing and hat shops in Old Town or at the 100+ brand-name shops found at the Outlet Collection at Niagara.

Colourful tulips

Share a meal. Spend the day cooking together in your villa or cottage. Or better yet, join others on May 11 (or at another time) at a Hands-on Cooking Class at the Wine Country Cooking School in the Strewn Winery. 

Or keep it sweet and simple. Whip together an impressive spread of chocolates (from CFX Niagara or Rocky Mountain Chocolate), cheeses (from Cheese Secrets) and nuts (from Picard Peanuts or the Grimo Nut Nursery). And pair it all up with some of her favourite Niagara vintage wines you snapped up on your guided winery tour earlier.

If cooking is not her style, there are a number of dining establishments in and around Niagara-on-the-Lake to suit everyone’s taste and budget.

Bring out the artist in her — and you — at the “Sip and Paint Night” happening at Peller Estates Winery on May 12. Many more such events are planned throughout the summer.

Alternatively, treat her to an afternoon (or evening) performance and Mother’s Day Tea at the Shaw Festival. Who doesn’t love the unforgettable story of Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins in the timeless classic, My Fair Lady? Perhaps, the clever twists and witty dialogue in Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution is more to her liking. Or check out some of the upcoming events listed below that you think might interest her.

Later, enjoy a game night together or with the whole family. If you don’t have your own, a wide assortment of games and puzzles is waiting for you at It’s All Fun and Games.

However you choose to celebrate your maternal relationship this year, take time to have heart-to-heart conversations, perhaps on a walk in Simcoe Park or as you relax with a glass of wine at one of many warming stations in the Monet-inspired gardens across from the Pillar and Post. Ask her to share tales from your ancestors and her youth. These stories are very much a part of you. Like it or not, they played an integral role in forming the person you are today and the person you are yet to become. Listen for the gems and cherish them.

In Memoriam 
These ancestral stories will also give you strength and carry you forward when she is no longer with you. Unfortunately, not all of us are lucky enough to have our mother with us. However, we can still celebrate her spirit by lending a helping hand to a hardworking or solitary mom. 

Whether you drop off a meal to someone you know is spending Mother’s Day alone or offer to help a busy mom shuttle kids to and from school or a sports practice, the extra support will surely be appreciated. If you’re not sure how to help, send a simple note to one of your mom friends with an open offer for anything she needs.

Looking Ahead
There is never a shortage of events happening in Niagara-on-the-Lake:
Until April 28: Coming of Age exhibit at the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre
Until April 29: Strike a Pose: The Art of Self-Obsession at the NOTL Museum
April 29 – June 3: TD Niagara Jazz Fest Shows at The Hare Wine Co.
May 5: Mom Market Niagara at Jackson-Triggs Estate Winery
May 12: Sip and Paint Night at Peller Estates Winery
June 1: Earring Making Workshop at RiverBrink Art Museum
June 7: White Effect Dinner
June 15: Shaw Garden Tour
June 15: St. Andrew’s Strawberry Festival
June 16 – August 16: Music Niagara Festival 2024
June 21 to 29: TD Niagara Summer Jazz Festival
June 29, 30 & July 1: Artistry by the Lake
June 30: Sip and Paint Night at Peller Estates Winery
July 6: St. Mark’s Cherry Festival
July 14: A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Jackson-Triggs Estate Winery
July 28: Sip and Paint Night at Peller Estates Winery
August 10: Peach Festival
August 11: Shades of Rose Dinner
August 18 to 25: 2024 World Rowing Championships in St. Catharines
August 25 & September 29: Sip and Paint Night at Peller Estates Winery
October 4: Shaw Guild Autumn Soirée
October 5: Mom Market Niagara at Jacksonn-Triggs Estate Winery
October 5 & 6: NOTL Beer/Harvest Festival
December 6: Candlelight Stroll
December 6 & 7: Rotary Club House Tour
December 14: Christmas Parade

Helpful Tips
Lost & Found: Did you lose something while you were in Niagara-on-the-Lake? Contact the lost and found centre at the NOTL Chamber of Commerce located at 26 Queen Street in the lower level of the building. Or call 1-905-468-1950 or email for more information.

Drive Safely: As part of Niagara Region’s Vision Zero program, automated speed enforcement cameras have been installed in school zones. Please pay attention to the speed limits posted throughout Niagara-on-the-Lake as more cameras are planned.

Metered Parking: General information on metered parking in Niagara-on-the-Lake is found here. Your STAY Niagara-on-the-Lake hosts feature complimentary on-site parking for guests and are happy to advise you on where to park for free in and around Old Town.

Accessible Parking: Several accessible parking spaces are located throughout the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, both on the street and in municipal parking lots. All vehicles parking in the accessible zone must display an original and current accessible permit. Any vehicle found parked in an accessible zone without the valid accessible permit will be ticketed. The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has approved the use of accessible parking permits in the following areas only:

  • Designated accessible zones/spaces; and
  • At any meter free of charge, including municipal lots governed by pay-and-display parking meters. In these locations, a pay-and-display permit is not required if the vehicle is displaying a valid accessible permit.