Mother’s Day. Nothing says I love you more than a bouquet of flowers, a box of chocolates, and brunch. Or wait, are those ideas outdated? Time to switch to a new tradition and surprise your sweet mother this year! Here are the top five activities to do with your beloved mama on Mother’s Day in or around Montreal.

5-The spa. Here’s a great (if somewhat expensive) way to relax, unwind, soak the skin and sip some bubbly and enjoy smoked salmon platters. Go to Bota Bota spa, located in Old Montreal, for an unforgettable time by the water. This handsomely boat make-a-like building has marine themes tattooed all over it. You can literally feel like you are heading off to a new destination at Bota Bota, where employees will offer you tempting packages such as the Bathe and Bite, providing you with a three-course meal and a glass of wine. The spa is located at 75, rue Queen. Call (514) 284-0333 or visit the website for more information.

4-The Museum of Fine Arts is hosting an exhibit titled From Africa to the Americas : Picasso, Face-to-Face, Past and Present. This colourful exhibit will take a new and refreshing perspective on the works of the renowned painter Pablo Picasso and the history of modern art. The artwork of Picasso is paralleled to what was once shrugged off as primitive African artpieces. Difficult questions are raised : how to we perceive such work of art? Has a major upheaval changed the way we understand and appreciate art from different cultures? Bring your mother on a whirlwind tour of the Africas and the Americas and go to 1380, Sherbrooke Street West. The exhibit opens on May 12. For more information, call (514) 285-2000 or check out the website   

3-Tea for two. A mother likes to be pampered, but she also loves to connect and bond with her child. Maybe the best gift is to take your mother out for tea, where you can swap stories, catch up, and savour some British scones, dollops of cream, and wash it down with strong, hot, sweet tea. Le Cardinal is renowned for its enticing menu that offers you the classic cucumber sandwiches, quiche and beef curry pot pie. Located at 5326, boulevard St-Laurent, Le Cardinal is the perfect place for a chin-wag and a cuppa. For more information, call (514) 903-2877 or check out their website at 

2-The Mother’s Day Creative Market will take place this year in Granby. The Etsy team and artisans will offer you a great selection of handmade products, door prizes as well as surprises for Mom. This market is taking place the day before Mother’s Day and therefore marks the perfect occasion to find her a beautiful gift. Go to 901, rue Principale in Granby. Kiosks will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pssttt… The first 50 moms to get there receive a free gift basket!  

1-Lunch at Auberge West Brome. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and reward yourself and your mother with country air and lifestyle. Go to the Auberge West Brome for a delicious Mother’s Day brunch and treat your mother to smoked salmon, capers and lemon, mussels, shrimp and salads, European sausages, waffles, leg of lamb, and more. A meal is priced at $40 per person. Call (450) 266-7552 or visit the website to reserve now.