While many good sons and daughters will be treating mom to brunch or breakfast in bed this weekend, why not consider a day trip out of town for that special lady? Here are a few events to prove you’re willing to go the extra mile for mom:

Wine and Herb Festival: Check out how herbs enhance flavour as you sample many of fine wine-and-herb pairings of the Niagara Region’s 18 wineries for four weekends in May from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Blossom Hikes:
Starting at the Niagara Fruit Education Centre in Winona, traverse the escarpment to the Bruce Trail and hike west to E.D. Smith Fruit Farms through picturesque cherry blossoms on this free guided two-hour tour. May 10 and 11.

Ghost Tours At Fort George:
Join the staff at Niagara-On-The-Lake’s historic Fort George — site of some of the bloodiest fights in the War of 1812 — as you eerily scour the palisades and battlements for ghostly apparitions. Dress for the weather. May 11 at 8:30 p.m.

Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk:
Get outside to sample some of the spring wildflowers growing in the Backus Woods near the southwest Ontario town of Port Rowan. May 11 at 2 p.m. at the Backus Heritage Conservation Area, R.R. #1, Port Rowan.
  • Call toll free at 1-877-990-9932 or e-mail bhca@lprca.on.ca for more information.

Festival of Birds:
Discover your inner bird watcher as you head to Point Pelee National Park — a world-renowned bird area — to witness first-hand the northward migration of thousands of birds ranging across various species. To May 19, 407 Monarch Lane R.R. #1, Leamington.