A friend first told me about this natural spring water in Canmore. He told me the water was “a magical hangover cure.”
I scoffed at him, but this intrigued me, and I asked him to take me to this so-called “magic” water.
When we arrived at the spring, there were several cars parked alongside the road. Locals were carrying as many as several large empty containers into the bush. We parked up, and followed them into the bush carrying just our water bottles.
As we were waiting to fill up, a lady told us a story of how she was hiking a mountain and at the halfway point she had to rest because she was exhausted. She drank a bottle of this miracle water, and then she practically ran the rest of the way up.
I was sold. my scepticism subsided, and I was excited to try this water for myself.
Is It Safe To Drink?
While many people in Canmore use the spring as their main source of drinking water, there have been a few different comments floating around about the condition of the water.
I contacted Town of Canmore for clarification on the safety of the water and this is what they had to say:
“The spring isn’t monitored or tested by the Town of Canmore, and since it is a spring, it essentially groundwater. As with any water that isn’t tested regularly, there may be risks and people using it should be aware of those risks.”
I can personally say I have drunken the water several times and I’ve been fine.
Where To Find The Natural Spring
The natural spring is located on the corner of 1A and Palliser Trail. The easiest way to get there is when leaving Canmore heading towards Banff. As you drive onto the ramp instead of taking the right exit to Banff, head past it and within 100 metres you will come to the bend in the road which is the 1A/Palliser Trail corner.
You will have to do a U-turn to park on the edge of the road. Follow the trail on the right hand side of the road into the bushes. Follow the trail (which veers right) and you will come across two pipes where you can collect water from.
Did you manage to find the spring? Did it cure your hangover?