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13 Sep, 2019

A very Ottawa way to enjoy the last bits of summer

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa

The other day Mark and I – plus the pooch – went for a walk from Westboro Beach towards Remic Rapids. I had heard there was a little pop-up bistro here and wanted to see if it was still open. And guess what, it was. It’s definitely worth a visit. It turned out to be […]

09 Jul, 2019

Diamonds and hot dogs

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Ottawa for kids|Easy ways to make kids happy|Ottawa

I am posting this from Thailand (!), reason being that I wanted to get it online before the bulk of summer gets away from us. If you are looking for something fun to do in Ottawa this summer, read on!  I’m not a very sporty person but I’ve certainly played my share of organized sports. […]

This past weekend Mark and I had the opportunity to stay overnight at Chalet Buckingham, a four-season chalet in Quyon, Quebec with a handful of other bloggy types.* A quick getaway in a gorgeous setting less than an hour from Ottawa? I’m in. It’s a very pretty drive from Ottawa and we were there before […]

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 […]

In my previous post about our travels out west I wrote about the gorgeous and awful horse ride we took to the Plain to Six Glaciers. If you’ve ever been to Lake Louise you know it’s not a very big place. In some respects it’s a waystation – a place to stop on your way […]


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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 offspring: Emma (23) and Sarah (21). 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, travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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