Gold Bar Natural Spring

10955 50 street NW, Edmonton

In Gold Bar Park, coming out of the side of the hill, there is a natural spring. When I was little, my grandparents (who lived in Capilano, across 50 street) would bring me for walks through the woods, culminating in this splendid water source. I remember people bringing 4L milk jugs to fill up with water (I'm sure the city would put it under a boil advisory, but we drank straight from a tin cup filled up at the pipe which sticks out of the hill). Last year, I brought three of my friends on a hot, cobwebby, hungover adventure through the trees trying to find it again. We spent an hour looking around for it, making a crucial mistake—it's far easier to find the spring if you start at the top of the ravine and work your way down from the intersection of 43 street and 108 avenue than if you go up from the park itself. Eventually we found it, and I enjoyed sharing this special place from my childhood with my grown-up gang of friends!

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Gold Bar Spring - 13 Dec 2015

I don't suppose it flows in the winter?

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Matt from capilano - 18 Jun 2016

It flows year round and is fresh spring water, filtered through the sedimentary layers and doesn't need to be boiled, tastes better than most bottled spring water

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Shari Y - 27 Sep 2016

Is the pin on the map the actual place where the spring is or is that just a general pin for the park?

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Sandeep - 06 Nov 2016

Where we have to go from intersection of 108 and 43 street. Please advice

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Sviatoslav - 11 Feb 2017

The South west roof ridge of the public washroom is a good pointing way. Or come down from 43st. Park by the first lite post on the east side of the 43, just 30 meters pass the last house (10735). Injoy .

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Jeremy - 24 Mar 2017

Pin is inaccurate. Pin marks the park entrance. Continue down the road until the parking lot. Follow the signs to picnic area 2. South of pinic area 2 is an entrance to an East/West unpaved trail. Ignore official trial and head south/uphill. Listen for spring on right. It's only 20 paces or so uphill.

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James - 28 Mar 2017

Red Pin is dead-on. Pass the blue roofed structure and go up the hill taking the path to the right. Water looks clean but I'm going to try and get it tested for various contaminants and will post the results.

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Don Thacker - 08 Apr 2017

The water certainly tastes excellent and contains no sediment, debris or colour. Spout is right beside a worn bike or other trail that heads straight down the hill from the small park area at the top of the hill. Maybe 30 metres or so down the hill.

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Dennis - 25 Apr 2017

Hey James. I know other people have had the water tested at the UofA and somewhere there is a blog on the internet about it. Just can't find it. Apparently came back fine. Please keep us posted. Quite a few people fill up their 18l water jugs every week from here.

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Sukhman - 29 May 2017

Couldn't find it, can someone please give me proper directions or a pin that opens in maps?

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Dennis - 17 Jun 2017

Drive to 10740-43 Street. That takes you above the outlet. Across from that address is a green space with a spruce tree standing alone in a small field. Walk past that, down the hill to a trail head. Its straight down that trail. Hard to miss. Good luck. PS. I notice the city has put up their "Don't drink the water, it has not been tested" sign up again.

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Keltie - 11 Jul 2017

Just went there today for the first time, thanks to Dennis for the super easy directions!

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Carissa - 19 Jul 2017

What is the temperature of the water?

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James - 27 Aug 2017

Update: Tried to explain to the government bureaucracy that the testing of this spring was not for my personal interest but for the people - because I see this spring as a PUBLIC GOOD. As they state in their own mandate "...We all share the responsibility to ensure a healthy, secure and sustainable water supply for our" Yet they wouldn't send anyone and have it properly tested.

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James - 27 Aug 2017

As far as I am concerned the City of Edmonton should get someone to build a nice cement base and drain grill (make it look nice, it's 2017) and have it undergo regular testing with a public internet site for water testing updates. Governments talk about "sharing responsibility" but then act contrary to their own mandates. Can't figure that one out.

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Don Thacker - 09 Sep 2017

Well, James, thanks for trying at least! I agree that the city seems to be trying to avoid any responsible action on this issue. Consider that Beaslys spring, near Tillicum Beach at Dried Meat Lake, has the water tested by Camrose County twice every month. Yet Edmonton, a city of a million people, can't do any testing at all on Goldbar Spring? Yikes. I include a photo from 2013 of Beaslys Spring, I think this kind of set-up is what you envision for Goldbar? Well, if Edmonton can't figure out how to test spring water in our own city, at least we can take comfort that Camrose County has figured out how to do it and provide public access, and it's only a 100 km drive away! :)

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DOM - 14 Sep 2017

Dennis Thanks for the easy directions, took parents down this past week as they thought it was tapped. Childhood memories Coffee tasted better with that water

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Allie - 12 Nov 2017

I grew up in Gold Bar, and back in the day (some 45 yrs ago) we called it ‘the trough’.

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Leanne Frank - 15 Jan 2018

I had the water tested by Culligan January 8, 2018 and the TDS came back as 840 with a water hardness of 40. The guy advised me not to drink it.

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Maynard - 26 Feb 2018

Kidney stone thing makes sense, but other than that I wonder why the guy advised not to drink it, oh wait, he is in the water business, lol. Hard water has no ill health effects and actually can be beneficial. https://www.skillingsandsons.com/blog/can-drinking-hard-water-cause-health-problems

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Dennis - 10 Mar 2018

Interesting. Just reading on TDS. Canadian standard is 500 ppm. Not legislated, just recommended. The province of Saskatchewan for example follows a standard of not more than 1500 ppm.

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Don Thacker - 12 Apr 2018

The first comment in this thread was a query about whether this spring flows all winter. Seems it does. The attached photo is from my visit there in late-winter 2018, on a day with a high of -7C (19F). Although ice is forming just downstream of the spring, the spring itself is flowing fine, and at the same rate as at other times of the year I have been there.

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Tom - 14 Apr 2018

Can anyone here share their experience with this water if they have been consuming it for a long time?

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Fuzzy Whalen - 23 May 2018

As per Dennis’s comment on 17 June 2017. Go N on 50th st from either 101 or 106 ave. Turn right on 109A Ave. Go down for a few minutes and you’ll see the park starting after the 3+ blocks of houses on your lefthand side. Follow that to the first house in the next set of houses. You’ll find a lone spruce tree across from 10740-43 st. Just walk past that and keep going straight. In app 180 feet from the road you’ll find the spring and your on track to good spring water just follow the bike path down past the 7”x9” posts on the paths beginning. And yes tested and good. Blue dot in picture submitted is where to park and orange pin is app where the spring is. Fuzzy

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James - 22 Jun 2018

Noticed someone deleted one of my previous comments... not exactly sure why... Anyway, perhaps some of you could approach the city of Edmonton with some signatures. Seems to be the only way to things get done around in a democracy ... persuade them - not with reasons - but with numbers.

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Lisa - 27 Jun 2018

This water is beautifully clear and tastes great, but has anyone tested it recently? Is it good for long term drinking?

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yep - 11 Jul 2018

Yep, yep, yep, ha-ha

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Dieter - 24 Oct 2018

Anyone concerned about long term consumption of this water, I heard from a regular, who spoke with the person living right across the street saying, he has been drinking this water for over 40 years! There are people who have it tested independently for their own information. A friend and I had it tested 5 years ago I believe it was. The test result stated it was a little high in arsenic but drinkable! Although I use it for making tea/coffee and cooking, it does leave sediment of minerals, as can be seen also around the pipe it comes out from! The water runs through the property across the street, but I don't have any information what the direct source is!

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