Moat Lake Cabin – Oil on canvas



oil on canvas.

Dimensions 30 × 40 in

1 in stock



The Clinton Wood family sold their property to the provincial government when Srathcona Park was set up. This included Forbidden Plateau Lodge.

However, the family retained Stuart Island and their cabin on Moat lake. The island and cabin are the only privately owned property in the park.

It was not only the beauty of the lake, but also the famous trout fishing that persuaded the family to keep the property. It was known for large Kamloops trout, which are rainbow trout that reach larger than average size.

We fished a lot when we were kids in the valley, and I heard of rainbows up to 10 lbs in Moat Lake! Fishermen, when story telling do tend to exaggerate though. These extreme sizes are possible because of the abundance of freshwater shrimp in the lake. This is what trout feed on and what generates their large size.

Rainbows, like their cousins the sea run rainbow called “Steel Head”, are a prize catch to a serious fishermen. Steel Head trout spend most of their life in the ocean and can get up to over 30 lbs in size. Both fish are known for their fighting ability when hooked.

Towering above Moat Lake is Castlecrag mountain which appears like a ruin of a Scottish Castle. Its jagged crown, snow fields, and swirling clouds make for a dramatic backdrop in the painting.

It is probably the core of an ancient volcano where the core is made of hard crystalline rock, and all the material around it has eroded away. The core of these old volcanoes are what prospectors are looking for, as minerals are concentrated and trapped in these rock formations.

Waterfalls cascade from bench to bench, ending up feeding the chain of lakes that run along the base of this mountain chain. Mount Albert Edward is part of that formation.