Gift Guide – What Your Mom Actually Wants For Mother’s Day

Pssst…. if you don’t already have it marked in your calendars, Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 14! From mothers to wives, or whatever mom means to you, these special people work selflessly to ensure that everyone else is being cared for before themselves.

They’re also the ones who have perfected the art of gift-giving. From birthdays to holidays, they are seasoned experts at sourcing the one thing your heart has been longing for (whether you know it or not).

While we love them every day, Mother’s Day offers an extra special opportunity to show moms just how much they mean to us. If coming up with just the right gift leaves you feeling stumped each year, there is no need to worry. We’ve assembled some sure winners that your moms will truly love.

Time With You

It may sound cliché, but often highest on moms’ wish lists is to spend quality time with the ones they love. This is especially true for moms with grown kids. COVID-19 has made it challenging over the last few years to connect and make memories, even with close family.

Make this Mother’s Day extra special by prioritizing quality time together. These activity ideas will help guide you as you plan.

It’s a hard job, but moments like this make it all worth it.
A mother reads to her young daughter
What could be more heavenly than a day poolside, with nothing to do. PHOTO Alaina Michelle
A man pours a drink in a bathrobe sitting on some cabana furniture with a smiling woman

But First, Brunch

Enjoy the perfect brunch together in The Wildflower. Featuring a delectable spring-inspired buffet from Chef Cliff Crawford, you won’t have any trouble convincing them to go!

$85 adults, $39 children 6-12 years

Picture perfect Mother’s Day dining.
Two women sit across from each other smiling

Quiet & Stillness

We say this in the nicest possible way, but one thing that your special someone would really like on Mother’s Day is some alone time. What they are craving is a bit of time to be unapologetically indulgent and selfish.

The irony is that they probably wouldn’t take this time for themselves, so you need to be a little strategic and arrange activities that naturally foster solitude and stillness.


A spa day is a Mother’s Day classic. Our onsite Vida Spa offers all of mom’s favourites and some new treatments to be discovered. Post spa they can savour the day lounging poolside. To take their experience to the next level you can surprise them with a cabana rental to enjoy their own poolside palace.

A Wild Wander

A good walk in the woods can do wonders. The lush lakeside trails of Lost Lake are a local favourite. We can help you arrange for our complimentary hotel shuttle to drop them off for a relaxing stroll through the forest.

Bonus points if you have a piping hot Portobello coffee ready for them pre, or post stroll.

Ready, set, stroll. You’ll be amazed at what you will discover. PHOTO ALINA MICHELLE
Two women walk through a wooded hiking trail, one is pushing a stroller.

Yoga Class

Slowing down and embracing stillness can sometimes be surprisingly challenging. The instructors in our in house yoga classes are experts at facilitating relaxation for both body and mind. You can sign your mom up for one of our complimentary guided classes or book a time with our Lululemon Mirrors so they can move at their own pace.

Does it count as yoga if you just want shavasana?
Two yoga mats in a yoga studio

Go For A Paddle

Paddling peacefully on our idyllic mountain lakes is a fantastic activity for quality conversation time. You can rent canoes for a self-guided experience, or hire a guide to explore with a professional. If your plans include a journey down the River Of Golden Dreams we recommend going with a guide. Not only will they make the day stress-free, but the tour includes boat transfers back to the rental location.

Paddle your way into mom’s heart. PHOTO TOURISM WHISTLER | JUSTA JESKOVA
Two people canoeing in a lake at sunset

Have A Wheely Good Day

Whistler is known as the ultimate bike town. With our scenic Valley Trail connecting town from end to end (and all the lakes in between), you could spend all day exploring without seeing the same place twice. Join one of our complimentary bike tours, and our friendly and knowledgeable Whistler Experience Guides can show you all the best places. As a bonus, they’re great at taking pictures, so you can get some photos together to remember your stellar day together.

Two cyclists stop to look over the lake on a boardwalk


You can discover even more fabulous outdoor spring adventures in Whistler with our BEST SPRING ACTIVITIES.

Escape From The Everyday

Motherhood is an incredible experience, but it can at times be a grind. From indulgent experiences to novel heart-thumping activities, these gift ideas will surely help shake things up.

As Good As Gold

Is there anything better than waking up in a plush hotel bed? Treat your mom to a getaway with us, and the only thing they’ll have to worry about in the morning is what to order for breakfast in bed. To take their stay to another level (literally), we recommend staying on Fairmont Gold. As a boutique hotel within our hotel it offers another level of service and amenities to make mom feel completely pampered.


By staying in a connecting room suite, you can strike the perfect balance of quality time together and creating time and space for them to be blissfully alone. To make it even suite-er our Suite Experiences offer includes a range of amenities to make her feel extra special.

Robe + coffee + silence = heaven
A woman sits on a sofa in a robe drinking coffee from a mug

Heli Yeah!

Sometimes the best way to get away from it all is to literally get away from it all. Offering breathtaking views and unique experiences like glacier top picnics or exploring an ancient ice cave, a heli tour it’s a gift that just might make you the favourite child.

Views of the mountains from a helicopter cockpit

Whatever you decide to go with, make sure to lock in your reservations soon. May is booking up quickly, so with a bit of planning now, you can be all set for the big day. For the best rates on spring stays please visit our Best Spring Offers to save up to 25% off your next Whistler getaway!

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