Toronto Mama’s Boy

You’re old enough now that we can just tell you: your mom was lying when she said she liked that macaroni necklace you made in the second grade. This year, opt to spend time with Mom for an urban experience that will last much longer than mere baubles.

She Always Had High Hopes
1,168 feet above ground, the CN Tower Edge Walk is for the kind of mom who thinks simply walking up the thing is for geriatrics. Sadly, you can’t have a drink to calm your nerves beforehand — the Edge Walk is, unfortunately, dry. If you’re aiming for son of the year, take her for dinner afterwards, but skip the overrated 360 and ascend to the much nicer restaurant in the sky, Canoe. $175/person

Soothe Things Over
Still think spas are girly? Take mom to the secluded Windsor Arms Hotel for a revitalizing Indian head massage with organic Argan Oil ($150). While she indulges, relax with a men’s facial ($110) or massage. She’ll leave feeling refreshed and loved and you’ll leave feeling pretty damn good, too.

Good Sons Don’t Wait for Brunch
Do both of you a favour and plan a day (or a series of days) to go to brunch, skipping the crowds sure to converge this Sunday. La Societe, Brassaii and the Holt’s Cafe are always mom-approved options. Plus, nothing assuages a year’s worth of consuming guilt like a smooth mimosa.

The Final Act
We’ve never met a mother who doesn’t love the theatre. Maybe she’s not the War Horse type, but with the variety of Toronto’s shows, there’s something for everyone. The wildly popular Book of Mormon is slated to arrive in 2013, but don’t make her wait that long.

Image courtesy of Edge Walk.  

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