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Mother’s Day Guide in Ottawa’s Original Downtown

May 3, 2024

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, you will want to make plans to visit Ottawa’s Original Downtown for some quality time! And hey, moms everywhere deserve to be celebrated on more than one occasion – consider making a weekend of it!

With picturesque greenspaces, shopping, amazing food, and entertainment options, Rideau is the perfect destination for Mother’s Day – or to celebrate any special lady in your life.

Wine and Dine Her at These Incredible Patios

La Terrasse

This Rideau gem offers spectacular views of Parliament Hill, the Gatineau Hills, and a clear view of Rideau locks on the Ottawa River.  

La Terrasse offers an extensive drink menu from craft beer to vintage wine, and their famous Surf and Turf Caesar is served with beef sliders and extra-large shrimp. The menu is also incredible, as it contains fresh farm-to-table ingredients provided by local producers from Quebec and Ontario.  

📍 1 Rideau Street, Fairmont Chateau Laurier


Tavern at the Gallery

After a visit to the National Gallery of Canada, have lunch at Tavern at the Gallery in the hidden courtyard garden. The tavern offers a place to connect, bond, and relax, a perfect place to spend Mother’s Day!  

The tavern offers a full-service experience, offering tasty plates meant to be shared and to bring everyone together. The menu includes handmade wood-burning oven pizzas, poke bowls, and charcuterie boards with delicious, cured meats and cheeses.  

📍 380 Sussex Drive, National Gallery of Canada

Tavern on the Falls  

Tavern of the Falls offers a privileged view of the twin waterfalls where the Ottawa River and the Rideau River meet. This patio is perfect for moms who love being outdoors and listening to nature.  

The tavern is known for its gourmet hot dogs that feature insanely delicious toppings like BBQ pulled pork, smoked meat, or crushed tortilla chips. The tavern also offers classic and cheese dogs for those who want something simple.  

📍 1 John Street  

Monday to Friday: 11:30 AM to 12:00 AM 

Saturday to Sunday: 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM 

🍔 Menu

Treat Her to Some Self Care

Holtz Spa

Give her the ultimate pampering experience at Holtz Spa, the ultimate relaxation escape on Rideau Street. Let her feel refreshed with the ideal wellness with one of Holtz Spa’s signature facial treatments, foot treatments, upper body lymphatic massage, and a Reiki energy balancing. She will feel more relaxed than ever after this fantastic spa day!  

📍 135 Rideau Street

Monday to Tuesday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM  

Wednesday to Friday: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM  

Saturday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM  

Sunday: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM  


Salon Fiorella

Take mom to the most luxurious hair salon, Salon Fiorella. This lavish hair salon offers an extensive list of incredible hair services that will make you feel beautiful inside and out. Why not feel extra with mom by having a glass of bubbly and reconnect with each other and talk about all the wonderful memories that you both have made with each other!

📍 90 George Street

Monday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM  

Monday: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM  

Wednesday to Friday: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM  

Saturday: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM  

Sunday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM



Get Inspired Together

Canadian Tulip Festival

This festival is sure to bring a smile to your face – and act as the perfect backdrop for photos with mom!

One of Ottawa’s iconic event, the festival celebrates the beauty of the seasonal flowers with 300,000 tulips come into bloom at Major’s Hill Park. Walk around the picturesque greenspace while overlooking the historical views of Parliament Hill, Rideau Locks and Fairmont Chateau Laurier.

📅 Tulip Festival from May 10 to May 20


National Gallery of Canada

Does your mom appreciate and love art? There is no better place to see Canada’s best art pieces than the National Gallery of Canada. Wander into the beautifully conceptualized galleries and take in the wonderful art pieces by artists like Emily Carr, Gustav Klimt, and Tom Thompson.  

📍 380 Sussex Street

Monday: CLOSED  

Wednesday to Sunday: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM  


Ottawa Art Gallery  

Head over to the Ottawa Art Gallery after a delectable brunch at The Albion Rooms and experience the art collections from local artists of the Ottawa-Gatineau region.   

When you walk through the doors of the OAG, you will immediately feel a connection between the art as it offers exhibitions with many meanings related to the world, climate, history, and feelings. Stop by the OAG Shop offers terrific gifts including ceramics, textiles, jewelry, books that are a perfect gift to give mom.

📍 10 Daly Avenue  

Monday: CLOSED  

Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM  

Sunday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM


Are you worried about where you are going to park? Check out our Parking Guide to help you find all the parking options and rates downtown. Please be responsible and have a designated driver!

Click here to check out our Events page and see everything else going on in Ottawa’s Original Downtown!