Cleo Spring, Campbell River, BC, Canada

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Island Hwy 19
Campbell River, British Columbia V9H 0A1
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Description

There is a white pipe sticking out of the rocks on the side of the highway with a wooden platform to stand on. The spring is flowing into a creek and extremely easy to access, just drive up and fill up your bottles. The water is super clear and tastes amazing.

Nearest Address

Island Hwy 19, outside of Campbell river on your way towards Sayward, on the right hand side if you are going North.

Directions from Nearest Address

It can be difficult to spot but if you are looking for it about 20 to 30 min out of Campbell river you should find it. Spring is located 26.4 kms north of the Campbell River Bridge heading towards Sayward.

Vital Information

  • Fee: No Fee
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: 18
  • Temp: N/A
  • pH: 7.0

Hours Spring is Open:

Always

GPS:

Unknown

Map Link: Cleo Spring Map

Submitted by: Katrina Farthing and Kyla Plaxton

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  1. Bill Stringfellow says:

    Visited the spring on January 23, 2011
    TDS = 18 ppm
    Spring is located 26.4 kms after the Campbell River Bridge heading north towards Sayward
    Doing a E-coli test and should have the results in 24 hours.
    Water was cold but did not measure the temperature.
    Next trip I will record the GPS coordinates

  2. Bill Stringfellow says:

    E-coli and bacteria test came back negative meaning the water is still good to drink

    • Onpurpose2004 says:

      Thanks for doing this and reporting your findings! I’m from Nanaimo and am considering doing a road trip up to Campbell River with all my water bottles. It seems to be the only safe source on the island, I’m sure there are others, I just don’t know about them. Going to do a bit more research on other sites…once again, thanks Bill!

      • Bill Stringfellow says:

        I phoned the City of Campbell River and the VIHA Health Unit and they commented since the feed from the spring is via a creek there is a good chance the creek could get contaminated. Therefore I have decided not to use this spring as the risk to me is higher than the reward. If I could get the water from the actual source of the spring then I would change my mind. Even though I tested the water the next time I go it could be a different story.
        Good luck with your research

  3. Kevin says:

    Drank some the other day. Water was clean tasting and I had no issues after consuming a couple of liters. I HIGHLY advise AGAINST gathering water from the pipe as it’s pvc and there is pink mold growing inside of it. If you do gather just get it from the little stream a couple of feet up from the pipe. If this water source if from a stream then is it really a spring?

  4. Ashlee says:

    I just went to the spring this past weekend, and someone has installed a new PVC pipe that is clean. No More Mold!! Water tastes awesome!

  5. Felicydad says:

    When you approach the spring from the south there is a turn out on the right…that is how you can identify where the spring is. Love!

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