Big Hill Springs, Calgary, Alberta T2K1H6

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Posted: June 16, 2016

Category: Alberta, Canada, North America, View All

Hwy 567 & Big Hill Springs Trail
Calgary, Alberta T2K1H6
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Big Hill Springs Provincial Park in Alberta occupies approximately 26 Hectares of land with a unique history behind it’s pastoral facade. Situated in the rolling foothills of the Rockies, on Highway 567,  10 km. north of Cochrane.  The valley was formed by Glacial migration and subsequent  inland sea that filled the valley. A Coulee forms the lower end of the park while the rest is forest and a series of small waterfalls that cascade gently over Tufa Rock formations forming a clear warm spring fed stream that flows all year round. The Tufa forms when Limestone deposits from Carbonate and minerals mix with warm water to form layers over the years of  calcium carbonate,  (Calcite) not unlike what you would see inside your teapot if it was never cleaned of it’s mineral buildup.  These formations are delicate and subject to Eco damage.

Location: Highway 567 and Big Hill Springs Trail, 10 km. north of Cochrane

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  1. Melodie says:

    Does anyone know where exactly this is? I’ve been to Big Springs prov. park many times…is it the old fashioned water pump close to where you can park? I’m in Airdrie so it’s a quick drive to the park and I’d love to get some spring water. Once I saw a dead deer lying half-in the water at about the third level off the steps, obviously it would have tainted the water cascading down the little waterfalls….some extra clarification/details would be great! Thanks 🙂

  2. Natalia says:

    I am also curious about more details on this location. I went here today and I wasn’t sure where the best spot was to get water?

  3. Megan says:

    I emailed Alberta Parks and this was their reply:

    The creek that flows through Big Hill Springs Provincial Park is fed by a number of underground springs. Springs most likely exist in a number areas along its length and in spots throughout the park. I am not aware of numbers, size or exact location of springs so I am sorry I cannot give you more specific information than that.

    Hope this helps:)

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