University of Alberta Botanic Garden

Mother’s Day in the Tri-Region

Tri Region Tourism Day Trip Ideas

Be her chauffeur for a change

Your Mom is fabulous. When you were a kid, she always made your favourite peanut butter cookies (even though she likes oatmeal raisin), did all your laundry until you were 16, and still knows just what to say to make you feel better. You owe her big.

This year, thank her for everything she does by taking her out for a day of things you’ll both really like: shopping, eating and fresh air. In the Tri-Region, you’ll find a whole Mother’s Day full of shops, tea houses and greenery. And bake her a batch of oatmeal cookies, would ya? She loves those.

Head west and shop all morning

The Spruce Park Ranch Country Store is packed with rustic furniture, countrylicious homemade jams and preserves and cozy décor. This little country store and natural grocery is the place you will find her that colourful quilt she’s been looking for and some enamel cookware. The adjacent coffee shop offers a naturalistic, quaint experience for those looking for a cozy spot to take in the countryside while enjoying a latte or two.

Along a slow winding rural road you’ll come to the charming Carvel General Store. Browse through the shop picking up some sweet-smelling candles, bath goodies, delicate frillies and natural soaps. Then grab a coffee (it’s always on) and head out to the porch of this almost one-hundred-year-old community landmark to enjoy the good shopping endorphins.

Now it’s time for tea

Your mom will love the annual two-day plant sale at the Botanic Gardens for one major reason: the best possible selection of plants, taken straight from the Gardens and hard to find elsewhere. We’re talking perennials, bedding plants, indoor plants, succulents, hanging baskets and more. You could even surprise her with an assortment of her favourites!

The Multicultural Heritage Centre in Stony Plain is housed in an old brick school, which is also a provincial historic site. Make reservations for their Mother’s Day Brunch and you for sure must try their incredibly tasty pies (as if we needed to tell you that).

And a round of golf

Say you are in need of some extra Vitamin D or have loads of dishes waiting for you at home – you may want to linger in the country a little longer. Visit the Putting Horse Ranch in Spruce Grove. This all-putting course is a lovely walk past black swans, a waterfall and bubbling brooks with lots of songbirds, owls, bunnies and deer around.