Motherhood and Creativity, the New Work-Life Balance

Margarita Wyld: On Creativity and Motherhood

For years, I have struggled with the self-confessed ‘work-life balance‘. I’ve written about it many times (read here, here, here, and here), I’ve pondered it in my personal journal, and, as the years go on, I’ve come to reevaluate this unrealistic notion of a ‘work-life balance’, and also how it applies to me and my life.

In retrospect, I wasn’t really looking for balance, instead I realized that I am looking to move forward and harness my creativity.

Moving forward means pushing my creative boundaries in writing, drawing, designing, curating, and even cooking. It means never staying still and, instead, feeling that energy and the vibe that being successful provides – especially when I have created something out of nothing. And what I realize over these past 12 years since becoming pregnant and becoming a mother to two children, is that I was never looking for balance in “work” and life, but rather, I was looking for a way to foster creativity despite the mundane, tiresome, and sometimes wretched aspects of life.

There were many times that I viewed being a wife and a mother and a homeowner as a bother. And that’s when I would fly off the ledge and succumb to the oppressive guilt of having negative feelings towards motherhood and housewife-ery and throw myself into those roles, headfirst, suddenly becoming the perfect wife/mom/homeowner for a short time before erupting into anger and tears and anxiety because I wasn’t being nourished by these roles. I didn’t get gold stars on my soul for having a clean bathroom, or cooking the perfect meal every single day.

And then I would give my head a shake and throw myself face first into the opposite – an entrepreneur, an artist, a writer, a designer – I have a million and one ideas at all times. I would work all hours of the night to develop these ideas, and spend my days trying to produce them – all the while ignoring the needs of my family, my home, and myself. I felt selfish. And then I would finally explode from exhaustion, doubts and fears would take over, and I would then succumb to the guilt of forgetting to sign school forms, or eating out too often because I was just too busy to cook… and then the cycle would start again and I would refocus my efforts on my home and my family.

I am consistently inconsistent in this regard. New ideas sparked creativity, but didn’t necessarily make me happy. Taking care of myself and my family made me happy but it also felt like something was missing. I would struggle with these emotions for years trying to figure out how to balance these two parts of my life.

And then I went to Israel. By myself.

VibeMommies Vibe Israel Blogging Tour Tel Aviv Beach

VibeMommies Vibe Israel Blogging Tour

VibeMommies Vibe Israel Blogging Tour Tel Aviv

VibeMommies Vibe Israel Blogging Tour

VibeMommies Vibe Israel Blogging Tour

VibeMommies Vibe Israel Blogging Tour

The idea of leaving my family for a week on an overseas trip was both terrifying and exhilarating. I had never flown on a plane without my husband or kids. I had never adventured around the globe. And my twenties were spent growing up with my husband and our kids, not with roommates or the freedom of allowing yourself to grow with random people who were just brief plot lines in the story of your life.

I was going to Israel on behalf of Vibe Israel, who had chosen me and 4 other mom bloggers to visit their beautiful country. The idea behind the trip was part culture shock and part ‘we’re not as different as you think’. We were meeting Israeli women, mothers and their families, to see the experience of motherhood and raising a family in Israel.

Prior to visiting Tel Aviv and its’ surrounding towns and villages, I had read so many articles about motherhood and creativity. Most notably there is the triggering ‘Secret to Being a Successful Mother and Writer‘ by Lauren Sandler, ‘Mother, Writer, Monster, Maid‘ by Rufi Thorpe, ‘How Motherhood Affects Creativity‘ by Erika Hayasaki, and ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Mom‘ by Kim Brooks. Each include personal stories and points of view, but the underlying argument is how creativity affects motherhood and vice-versa.

I admit, there were times in my life, especially in the world of postpartum anxiety and depression and diapers and breastfeeding and no sleep, where I couldn’t imagine a better time. I didn’t think things would get better and I would watch myself dissolving into a hot mess of a woman, angry and unsatisfied. And then, of course, I would shower, put on a clean outfit, and write, draw, and have adult conversations and would feel like myself again.

The women I met in Israel amazed me. Why? Because I felt like so many of them were just like me – creative, not satisfied by a ‘typical’ life, always moving forward to develop new ideas, creating amazing businesses, art, and movements – and all the while, they were mothers. Mothers who had found a way to build a satisfying and creative life, and still hold their families close to their hearts.

They weren’t afraid to speak their minds, and they weren’t worried about societal values or being ambitiously polite. Their creativity drove them forward to becoming successful businesswomen, artists, and philanthropists, and the whole time, their families are what pushed them. Everything they did was for and because of their family.

Family is the core of their creativity and it is what drives them to success.

 

Tal Tenne Czaczkes: On Motherhood and Creativity

Tal Tenne Czaczkes: On Motherhood and Creativity

Tal Tenne Czaczkes: On Motherhood and Creativity

Home of Tal Tenne Czaczkes

Home of Tal Tenne Czaczkes

Tal Tenne Czaczkes is a conceptual artist, inventor, and designer, who lives with her husband and four children in a perfectly imperfect home, located a few steps away from her art studio. Tal is well-spoken (in English and Hebrew) with a quiet smile that explodes when she laughs. When she became a mother, she realized that success comes from connecting to her inner child and involving ‘play’ in everything she does.

Her studio, like her home, is filled to the brim with discarded toy pieces, vintage dolls, collectible cars, and an explosion of colour in every corner. The intersection of chaos and pure, unadulterated happiness.

As a mother, Tal went through a time of her own malcontent, trying to figure out this new landscape of motherhood and how it connects to her creativity. She learned that by embracing a childlike view it helped her connect with her children and sparked creativity in her work.

 

Esther Liebersohn Namer On Motherhood and Creativity

Esther Liebersohn Namer On Motherhood and Creativity

Esther Liebersohn Namer On Motherhood and Creativity

Esther Liebersohn Namer On Motherhood and Creativity

Esther Liebersohn Namer On Motherhood and Creativity

Esther Liebersohn Namer is a mother of three and the CEO and Co-Founder of Bosco, an app that gives parents the comfort of knowing their child feels both free and safe. When I first met Esther at SheSpace Studio in a hip neighbourhood of Tel Aviv, I was immediately drawn to her – she was chic, smart, and her smile radiated warmth. And she turned a common parenting fear into a technologically advanced solution.

My daughter is 11, and I have yet to give in to buy her a cell phone, yet in Tel Aviv it was very common for a child at that age to have a cell phone. Teachers even use WhatsApp to give homework to their students! Esther recognized that while kids having a cell phone is common place, she created a way to ensure kids are safe on their cell phones by creating Bosco. The app alerts parents to cyber-bullying, shaming, and other unhealthy behaviours to help keep your child safe.

As a mother to three and an activist, Esther is passionate about preventing bullying, shaming, and eating disorders. Back in Tel Aviv, in that hip little spot over cava and cookies, Esther wowed me with her intelligence and her accomplishments. What amazed me more is that she did this all as a mother, because she was a mother.

 

Ofra Abramovich on Motherhood and Creativity

Ofra Abramovich on Motherhood and Creativity

Ofra Abramovich on Motherhood and Creativity

Ofra Abramovich on Motherhood and Creativity

Ofra Abramovich on Motherhood and Creativity

Ofra Abramovich is a mother of two and founder of Mamanet, a mother’s Cachibol-league. I was lucky to share dinner with her at the lovely Claro, and listen to her inspiring words and passion for self-care as a mom. Essentially, she created Mamanet because she was sick and tired of moms not prioritizing their own needs. So, instead of being the ‘soccer mom’, the mom becomes the star of the game in Mamanet. Such a simple yet profound thought, because it brought up so many emotions in me.

How many times have I played taxi to my children and my husband? I make sure everyone is at their activities, on time, which are typically social and active, while I get to sit in the car or on the sidelines. Before that trip to Israel, I couldn’t remember the last time I did a yoga class or a mom meet up, something that was just for me.

Ofra took the time to create a league, which is now worldwide (even in Vancouver!), that encourages moms to put themselves first, be active, and be social. Ofra’s words are perfectly quoted on Be A Fun Mum’s blog: Invest in yourself as a person; like the ripples of a stone thrown in water, it will be a gift to your family.

 

The women I met in Israel, the ones noted above and many more, proved that creativity and motherhood can indeed co-exist. My “all or nothing” attitude was a hindrance to my life and wasn’t serving me in any way. Being a mother and being a creative, serial entrepreneur are both a part of me – so why did I think they couldn’t both shine together, in harmony?

My time in Israel invoked such deep emotions in me.

For the first time my eyes were opened to the idea that women could have everything they wanted in business, in family, and in life, and that I could also be that woman. I can be that loving wife and mother that has time for both her family and her business. I can be that home owner that could have her perfectly imperfect space that’s sometimes messy, but always full of life. I could be that creative woman with ideas flying all around her while still holding my children close to my heart.

The long elusive work-life balance doesn’t exist for me, nor is it something I ever really wanted. What I wanted was a life that allowed me to be creative and a mother, without sacrificing either. And it’s something I had all along, and a trip to Israel showed me that.

 

 

Want to learn more about my time in Israel?

The 10 Best Things I Did in Israel

Read the 10 Best Things I Did in Israel

Some photos were taken by myself, many of the photos in this blog post were courtesy of the amazing photography Sharni Sadicario

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4 Ways to Get Your Car Road Trip Ready

4 Ways to Get Your Car Ready for a Road Trip

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Hey guys, remember my road trip to Fernie last month? It was an absolute blast and the whole family had a TON of fun. I was so surprised that the kids could make the long multi-day drives without killing each other! We’re so excited to take another road trip, and we’ve been planning out different routes across the country!

Are you and your family planning to take a road trip? There’s a few tips and tricks that we used to get our car ready for a road trip. But first it’s important to get your car road trip ready! I stopped by my local Canadian Tire to prepare for our road trip.

4 Ways to Get Your Car Ready for a Road Trip

  1. Clean out the car

First things first, to get your car ready for a road trip, clean it out! At any given moment there is bike gear, empty water bottles, random toys, books, papers, and granola bar wrappers floating around in my truck. Give it a quick clean, vacuum, and wipe down your vehicle with something made for cars. It will smell great and feel good!

Canadian Tire is made for life in Canada, so head over there for an awesome selection of items to clean your vehicle with and get it road trip ready!

 

  1. Get an Emergency Car Kit

An emergency car kit is essential for any vehicle, but especially when going on a road trip. Being stranded in the middle of nowhere is NO fun, and being able to a change a flat tire, having flashlights and flares, jumper cables, and extra food and water in case of emergencies is important. It will give you peace of mind, trust me! Canadian Tire has a great selection of auto safety kits and first aid kits as well!

 

4 Ways to Get Your Car Ready for a Road Trip

  1. Bring Road Trip Essentials

Everyone’s road trip kit may look different, but you want to be sure to include snacks (fruits, granola, protein bars), water bottles, and books or tablets to preoccupy the kids. We also brought our chargers (for phones, cameras, and tablets), and blankets and pillows for the kids so they could nap if necessary. One more essential – a garbage bin or bag for any trash that accumulates in the car on the trip.

 

4 Ways to Get Your Car Ready for a Road Trip

  1. Change Your Oil with Quaker State® Advanced Durability™ Full Synthetic Motor Oil

The last and most important step to getting your car road trip ready is to change the oil! Your car will perform better and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that the ‘check oil’ light won’t come on in the middle of your road trip!

Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to use the oil necessary for your car, and head over to your local Canadian Tire to purchase Quaker State Oil.

4 Ways to Get Your Car Ready for a Road Trip

Heading out on a road trip is a ton of fun and an experience that your family won’t forget! Make it a fun experience by being prepared and getting your vehicle ready for a long excursion. I love going to Canadian Tire for all my road trip needs, because I can get my Quaker State Oil and fun travel mugs, cozy blankets, and a first aid kit there as well!

 

How do you get your car ready for a road trip?

 

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Where to Stay in Fernie, BC

Where to Stay in Fernie | Mountain Lodge Accommodation in Fernie, BC

Fernie is a small mountain town in the Rockies of British Columbia, and a beautiful place to go if you want to explore nature, eat delicious food, be active outdoors, and have fun with your friends and family! My family & I took a road trip to Fernie this summer, and fell in love with the historic downtown, the sweeping mountain views, and all the fun experiences Fernie has to offer in the summer.

Are you wondering where you should stay in Fernie? Here are my favourite accommodations in Fernie, BC.

 

Where to Stay in Downtown Fernie

Where to Stay in Downtown Fernie

Where to Stay in Downtown Fernie

Where to Stay in Downtown Fernie

The charming historic downtown of Fernie is a wonderful place to stay! I highly recommend checking out the 901 Schoolhouse from Fernie Central Reservations. This luxurious condo is located in a heritage building conversion, and is perfect a family or a larger group.

The 901 Schoolhouse in Fernie has numerous condos available for short-term rentals through Fernie Central Reservations. The condo we stayed in has two large bedrooms and three bathrooms, with a massive living area and the kitchen had top of the line appliances – and it even had a roof-top patio with views of the mountains. It was heaven!

Fernie Central Reservations has over 40 rental properties in Fernie, BC, everything from a 1-bedroom right on the ski hill to a luxury 8-bedroom chalet that’s big enough for a family reunion! I spent a lot of time browsing (and lusting!) over the properties on Fernie Central Reservations and chose the gorgeous penthouse suite, right in the heart of Fernie.

The location of the 901 Schoolhouse in Fernie was perfect because it was walking distance to the charming historic downtown, so we could enjoy a handmade margarita at a Mexican bar and easily bike to our lovely home away from home!

Downtown Fernie is only a 20 minute drive to the Fernie Alpine Ski Resort, which is great for your ski trip or bike trip in Fernie, BC. To find some amazing short-term vacation rentals, head over to the Fernie Central Reservations website and follow them on Facebook for updates!

 

Where to Stay in Fernie | Mountain Lodge Accommodation in Fernie, BC

Where to Stay in Fernie | Mountain Lodge Accommodation in Fernie, BC

Where to Stay in Fernie | Mountain Lodge Accommodation in Fernie, BC

Stay in a Lodge in Fernie

Looking for something a little different? What about a log cabin hidden away in mountains of Fernie? The Island Lake Lodge is the perfect place to get lost in nature and get away from civilization (but not too far away!).

The Island Lake Lodge is a famous backcountry catskiing and snowboarding destination in the winter, but it’s also a gorgeous retreat in the summer and perfect for those who love to hike and mountain bike. The hotel consists for four log cabins, two restaurants, and a lovely spa for those who like to be pampered while surrounded by the beauty of nature. It’s also a spectacular setting for weddings, and has it’s own “I Dew Point” on the lake.

Where to Stay in Fernie | Mountain Lodge Accommodation in Fernie, BC

There are two dining options to choose from which include the Bear Lodge (open for brunch & lunch) and the Tamarack Lodge, which serves breakfast and dinner. You don’t have to stay at the lodge to indulge at their restaurants, although reservations are recommended, and I definitely encourage you to eat at the Island Lake Lodge, even if you’re not lucky enough to be staying there.

The food is incredible. The chefs are all highly trained and create locally-sourced seasonal menus that pair beautifully with their extensive wine list. There’s also a nice craft beer list available, and they have a great kids menu. We discovered that many people ride their bikes up to the Bear Lodge and enjoy a delicious lunch and a pint before heading back down to town.

For more information on the Island Lake Lodge, head over to their website and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

Where to Stay in Fernie | Lizard Creek Lodge Mountain Lodge Accommodation in Fernie, BC

Where to Stay in Fernie | Lizard Creek Lodge Mountain Lodge Accommodation in Fernie, BC

Where to Stay in Fernie | Mountain Lodge Accommodation in Fernie, BC

Where to Stay at the Fernie Alpine Resort

The Lizard Creek Lodge is the perfect ski-in/ski-out resort located at the base of Fernie Alpine Resort. If you want to be right ON the mountain, in the middle of all the action, this is where you want to stay. It’s right at the base of the mountain and close to all recreational activities like biking, hiking, foraging, and yoga in the summer, and of course, skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing in the winter.

For more information, head over to the Lizard Creek Lodge website, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

 

Have you been to Fernie? What’s your favourite place to stay in Fernie, BC?

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Wyld Road Trip to Fernie

Road Trip to Fernie BC

One of the first things on my summer bucket list was to take a road trip – and mission accomplished because the Wyld family took off for 10 days on an awesome cross-province road trip from Whistler to Fernie, BC! We had a great family road trip (it went so much better than I expected!) and I would recommend a trip to Fernie for anyone that

Fernie is a small mountain town located in the south-east corner of British Columbia. It’s famous for the snow that falls in the winter, but the summer is a beautiful time to go and really appreciate Fernie! Fernie has a beautiful historic downtown, surrounded by sweeping mountain vistas that are absolutely stunning. It’s the perfect place to for a family vacation in the summer or winter – because there’s an abundance of fun activities to do for all ages!

Road Trip to Fernie

Day 1: Road trip from Whistler to Revelstoke

We left Whistler on a sunny afternoon and headed towards Revelstoke, the first stop on our road trip to Fernie. We drove north through Pemberton, Lilloet, and Cache Creek – and if you’ve never driven through this section of Highway 99, put it on your bucket list because this is an astounding drive. The landscape changes from lush, green forested mountains into a dry, desert mountain landscape in a couple of hours. It makes my jaw drop every single time.

Keep in mind that Gravol was necessary on this section of the trip – the drive from Pemberton to Cache Creek is a very curvy, switch-back, and sometimes steep section of road. I have a thing with heights, especially when there’s a tiny little barrier on my side of the truck and we’re thousands of feet up… but the Gravol fixed me and my son’s tummies just fine!

Best Pizza in Revelstoke

After driving for about 6 hours, we made it to Revelstoke around 9:00 pm. We quickly threw our luggage into our room at the hotel and headed to The Village Idiot for late night pizza before going to bed. There are no bed times on a Wyld Road Trip.

Roger's Pass

Day 2: Road trip from Revelstoke to Fernie

We’re on the road again! Leaving Revelstoke at about 9 am and we made our way towards Fernie. Driving through the incredibly gorgeous Roger’s Pass was absolutely amazing….. We stopped for a quick brunch at the Canadian classic, Tim Horton’s in Golden, BC, and then headed towards our final destination, but not before driving through the town of Radium Hot Springs.

My husband had us super excited for Radium Hot Springs, a small town that boasted (you guessed it!) natural hot springs and mountain goats. He had driven through here once before and told us these amazing stories of mountain goats taking over the whole road and not being able to drive through – there were goats everywhere… except that time we drove through Radium Hot Springs and saw NO mountain goats! None. Lucky us!

Anyway, we headed back on the road and made it to Fernie by mid-afternoon – did you know that Fernie is in a different time zone? Things we didn’t realize until we got there… late for things! C’est la vie! First things first, take a cheesy photo with only three family members in it, doing jazz hands, in front of the Fernie sign.

Welcome to Fernie

First thing we did when we got to Fernie? Checked into our condo at the 901 Schoolhouse! We were exhausted from our long drive, and kicking up our feet in this luxe condo was just the ticket and it was air conditioned! For the first half of our Fernie trip, we stayed at a heritage building conversion, the 901 Schoolhouse, thanks to Fernie Central Reservations.

I prefer renting a house or a condo when I’m travelling, because having a full kitchen and all the extra space is perfect for our family of four. Fernie Central Reservations has over 40 rental properties in Fernie, BC, everything from a 1-bedroom right on the ski hill to a luxury 8-bedroom chalet that’s big enough for a family reunion! I spent a lot of time browsing (and lusting!) over the properties on Fernie Central Reservations and chose the gorgeous penthouse suite, right in the heart of Fernie.

The location was perfect because it was walking distance to the charming historic downtown, so we could enjoy a handmade margarita at a Mexican bar and easily bike to our lovely home away from home! The condo we stayed in has two large bedrooms and three bathrooms, with a massive living area and the kitchen had top of the line appliances – and it even had a roof-top patio with views of the mountains. It was heaven!

I keep saying that Fernie has this mountain town soul, and when you spend some time in the downtown area, checking out shops and restaurants,  you feel it from everyone. There’s this warmth I felt from the people who reside in Fernie, and it’s beautiful to see the community comes together often to celebrate, create art, and have fun together.

Charming historic downtown Fernie

Charming historic downtown Fernie

Charming historic downtown Fernie

Charming historic downtown Fernie

It’s easy to see why everyone is so happy in Fernie, surrounded by natural beauty, easy access to hiking trails, biking trails, river rafting, fishing, not to mention all the winter recreational activities that abound – plus so much good food!

Food in Fernie is delicious!

Do you see all of that above? Delicious, scrumptious, drool-worthy dishes that we had at every meal! We ordered late night pizza, had yummy sushi, savoury bagels, Mexican food – we ate a ton, but luckily all the food we ate was balanced by all the fun we had!

White Water Rafting in Fernie with Mountain High Adventures

Rafting in Fernie

We spent a lovely afternoon going on a scenic float down the Elk River, with rafting company Mountain High Adventures. Our guide was so amazing and she was full of knowledge about the Fernie area, we had such a great time. Mountain High Adventures offers paddle boarding, whitewater kayaking and rafting, and some wicked river adventures.

I would highly recommend taking a scenic float down the Elk River – and the kids had such a fun time! My son loved being splashed by ‘huge’ waves and my daughter literally hung out in the water, hanging on to the side of the boat!

Biking in Fernie

Summer Fun at Fernie Alpine Resort

We had a ton of fun checking out the Fernie Alpine Resort! The resort is known in the summer for its’ amazing hiking, sightseeing, mountain biking, mountain top camping, zip lines and aerial park adventures.  Our family loves to mountain bike, so we were really looking forward to the trails and experiencing a different terrain that what we’re used to.

Fernie Alpine Resort hooked us up with mountain bike guide, Eric, who was awesome and super knowledgeable about the trails. He helped us pick out some awesome runs, and was super supportive when I realized my level of biking wasn’t where I thought it was – I realized that I actually hadn’t been on my bike for almost two years! But the kids had a TON of fun and I would highly recommend using a mountain bike guide when at a new resort!

The aerial park was a TON of fun and super challenging – especially for people with a fear of heights… like me! I have to admit, I wasn’t brave enough to finish it, but my daughter was absolutely amazing. She had a ton of fun at the aerial park and did some super difficult features! She amazes me. Honestly!

If you’re in the Fernie area during the summer, you have to stop at the resort to do some of the awesome activities. Even if you’re not looking for sports on the more extreme side, they have some amazing hiking and sightseeing, delicious food, and even offer yoga classes and a foraging hike & dine!

Island Lake Lodge in Fernie BC

Island Lake Lodge

Staying at Island Lake Lodge

For the last two days of our trip, we stayed at the beautiful Island Lake Lodge. The lodge is tucked away in the mountains of Fernie, a quick 20-minute drive up a dirt mountain road brings you to log cabins surrounded by sweeping mountain vistas. In the winter, the Island Lake Lodge is known for catskiing and snowboarding, while in the summer the lodge offers hotel accommodation, hiking, dining, spa, mountain biking, fly fishing and a spectacular setting for weddings at “I Dew Point”.

Island Lake in Fernie

Island Lake Lodge is a great place to stay overnight or just visit for the day. The rooms are spacious, warm and super charming. The beds are comfortable and I slept so well with the crisp mountain air. There are two restaurants at the Island Lake Lodge, and both of them were absolutely amazing, they even have their own cookbook that we brought home to try and recreate the dishes. Every meal we had there was very memorable, and we felt so relaxed during our stay at the Lodge. I would highly recommend staying here, and I will definitely be back in the winter to do some backcountry skiing!

Radium Hot Springs

Radium Hot Springs

Radium Hot Springs

On the Road Again to Radium Hot Springs

After such an amazing time in Fernie, we really didn’t want to start heading home again, but we planned a few stops along the way! First, we stopped in the town of Radium Hot Springs again, and lo and behold – we found mountain goats! They were huge and so awesome to see walking around town. We drove up to the hot springs for a relaxing dip in the pools and had a delicious lunch at an Austrian restaurant.

After lunch, we drove up to Revelstoke to stay the night before embarking on the rest of our drive home. The drive home was not as scenic as the wind had blown smoke from wildfires across BC into our path, and Revelstoke was super hazy. We even had to change our route back home as the highway was shut down in certain places.

Old Cedars in Revelstoke

Road trip to Fernie

The detour led us to some pretty amazing places, and we drove through areas we’ve never been before, which was pretty awesome. I love watching the landscapes change from rocky mountains full of lush green forests to dry, desert conditions. We saw some more goats on our way home through Spencer’s Bridge, although they were a lot smaller!

Our family had the most amazing time on our road trip to Fernie, and I still can’t believe how well we did stuck in the car with each other for such a long time! Fernie is such a beautiful town, we’ve made some incredible memories there in our short visit, and we can’t wait to go back!

Wyld Road Trip TO Fernie in the Summer

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Eat Like A Local: My Favourite Restaurants in Whistler

Best Restaurants in Whistler

There are so many amazing restaurants in Whistler that it can be difficult to choose where to eat! I love experiencing all the different options available for restaurants in Whistler, because it’s fun to explore all the different pubs, restaurants, and cuisines that are available! However, I do have my favourites… don’t we all?

I put together a list of my favourite restaurants in Whistler – the best pizza, my favourite breakfast, fine-dining restaurants – a bit of everything! Of course, there are so many incredible restaurants in Whistler, that I had to cut it down to just a few – my go-tos if you will! Enjoy!

Best Breakfast in Whistler ELements

Best Breakfast Restaurants in Whistler

Elements Urban Tapas Parlour is tucked away inside the Summit Lodge Boutique Hotel on Main Street, but don’t miss this place. Arrive early or be prepared to wait! Elements offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but the breakfast here is my favourite when I want something a little special. At least once in your life,  indulge in the Honey Ham & Brie Stuffed French Toast (share it – it’s huge!), or stick to one of my favourites: the Pancetta, Red Pepper & Goat Cheese Frittata or any of the Eggs Benedict.

The owners of Elements also own my other Wildwood Cafe favourite breakfast spot in Whistler. There are two locations – one in Whistler Village – but for a more casual and kid-friendly option, I prefer the spot in Function Junction! They make great Bennies, pancakes, and french toast, and I’ll usually go with either an omelette or a classic breakfast. Delicious!

Best Lunch Restaurant in Whistler

This little gem of a restaurant is tucked away under the Fairmont Hotel in Blackcomb Village. Portobello Market & Fresh Bakery is great for any time of day! There’s a drool-worthy assortment of donuts and baked goods, and they make the best chai latte in Whistler (hands down!), but my favourite thing to eat is a made-to-order sandwich at lunch. I love that you can custom order a sandwich (a half or a full!) exactly the way you like it – and it’s always amazing!

Best Pizza in Whistler Creekbread

Best Pizza in Whistler

My favourite pizza place in Whistler is Creekbread, a family-friendly spot in Creekside with an emphasis on natural, local, and organic ingredients. I love the relaxed feeling, that the kids can colour and wander around, while watching the pizza get made in the awesome wood-burning pizza oven. My top picks: Mopsy’s Kahlua Pork and Pemberton Potato Pie (if you eat meat, add bacon to this one!).

Best Dinner Restaurant in Whistler Rim Rock Cafe

Fancy Dinner Restaurants in Whistler

For a fancy dinner restaurant in Whistler, the Rim Rock Cafe offers fine dining with a slightly more casual atmosphere. The food is incredible, everything on the menu tastes delicious and is made with care. The service is always makes you feel welcomed, and the restaurant itself feels like a cozy secret tucked away in the mountains. Get the sticky toffee pudding for dessert (even if you think you don’t like it!).

Best Dinner Restaurant in Whistler: Araxi

When I’m in the village and going out for a fancy date night, Araxi is my restaurant of choice! An extensive cocktail menu, an oyster bar, and spectacular desserts make it an indulgent evening. They also offer a great Apres with fondue! Araxi is a modern fine-dining experience where reservations are always recommended, but if you’re more spur of the moment, eating in the bar is also a great experience.

Best Cocktails in Whistler Bar Oso

Best Cocktail Bar in Whistler

The first time you go to Bar Oso, sit at the bar if you can. The bartenders put on an amazing show when putting together the impressive cocktails, and you will be amazed at what can be created out of the small kitchen that’s tucked behind the bar! The food menu consists of delicious Spanish-influenced tapas, and the cocktail list is incredible. What are my favourite cocktails? Hard to choose, but start with the Oso Sour and make your way down the list!

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Best Restaurants in Whistler

What are your favourite restaurants in Whistler?

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