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11 Sep, 2018

The Fishbowl goes West: Moraine Lake

Posted by andrea tomkins in: travel talk

I told my family that there was NO TIME TO REST during this holiday. As if to prove my point, right after our amazing dinner we decided to pay a visit to Moraine Lake. We were not about to rest on our laurels (or watch Netflix in our hotel room)!

Moraine Lake is famous for its blue colour and fantastic views. In fact, it’s SO FAMOUS that the parking lot fills up at 5 a.m. and stays full, all day. I wish I was kidding. The only way to get there and see the lake is to (a) set your alarm and get there really early or (b) take a shuttle bus. And guess what? The shuttle stops running at 6 p.m. Sigh.

We drove up the road to try our luck. Unfortunately, the “lot full” sign was up so we drove past, dejectedly turned around at Chateau Lake Louise, and drove back down the way we came. Strangely there was no “lot full” sign when we approached from that direction! We saw a car pull in so we decided to follow it and see. (Note that at this point it’s an 11km drive to the parking lot at Moraine Lake.) Thankfully, there were a few parking spots available by the time we got there at 8:45 p.m. Victory was ours!

We parked and dashed over to the water. It was getting chilly, and it was dim and smokey due to the setting sun and the wild fires, but it was still a pretty sweet view. I’m glad we took the chance. There’s a lesson in here somewhere, about taking chances and holidays and happy memories.

The eldest at Moraine Lake

Me, taking photos of Moraine Lake

Moraine Lake


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  • andrea tomkins: Thanks Lynn! I'm all about keepin' it real here. :) There's no point glossing over the fact that it took me three days to get over our jet lag, but I
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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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