5 ways to spend Mother’s Day in cottage country

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Mother’s Day is supposed to be a time of celebration, but for sons and daughters trying to find the perfect gift, it can also be plagued with stress. After all, how do you truly say thank you to the woman who gave you life? Instead of opting for cards and chocolate, why not plan a fun experience for your mother instead? After all, a memory lasts longer than a pretty bouquet of flowers. With its fantastic scenery and unique communities, Ontario cottage country is the perfect place to craft a Mother’s Day experience your mom is sure to love.

Pamper her

There are lots of wonderful spa experiences available for Mother’s Day in luxurious resorts, quaint B&Bs or relaxing day spas. Treat your mom to the soothing waters at Sam’s Inn and Water Spa in Algonquin. Or take advantage of the seasonal maple-themed treatment at St. Anne’s Spa in Grafton, which includes a maple sugar scrub, an insulating wrap, and an enriching maple elixir—relaxing and delicious!

Hit the trails with her

Luckily Mother’s Day falls during that magical time of year when spring is finally hitting its stride. If mom is a nature enthusiast she’ll love visiting one of Ontario’s countless provincial parks. There are tons of trails to explore, for hikers of all levels. An invigorating day in the great outdoors is a nice way to connect with mom without breaking the bank. Just be sure to pack a delicious picnic lunch—the scenery will take care of the rest.

Fulfill her food cravings

Your mom deserves to eat well on her special day and cottage country has a myriad of unique establishments to choose from. Satisfy her sweet tooth with a trip to The Bakery in Gravenhurst to sample their famous butter tarts. Or stop by Henrietta’s Pine Bakery in Dwight to buy her a mouthwatering sticky bun. You could also wine and dine her in style at gastro hot spots like Loondocks in Port Carling.

Take her on an adventure

If your mom is up for a more adrenaline-filled activity than brunch or a nature walk, Scenic Caves Nature Adventures is offering moms free park admission this weekend so they can explore the caves and suspension bridge. You can also snag a $20 discount on a three-hour guided eco-adventure that includes a forest canopy walk and zipline experience. It’s the perfect choice for bold, brave moms who prefer treetops to tea parties.

Attend a one-of-a-kind cultural event

Every year the The Rousseau, a JW Marriot resort & Spa in the Muskoka region, hosts a really cool celebration of motherhood presented by Muskoka Chautauqua. Through exhibits and performances that include painting, singing, poetry, sculpture, photography, quilting, drumming, and other mediums, artists share their own family stories. Admission is free, but there are opportunities to purchase handmade gifts and support the local arts community.