Kauffman Flats Spring, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada


Posted: November 7, 2010

Category: Canada, Ontario, View All

750 University Ave.
Waterloo, Ontario N2J 1A1
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Continuous. It is a bit of a hike (~10 minute walk) from the nearest parking lot at the trail’s entrance, so not the most convenient for carrying large water bottles.

Nearest Address

750 University Ave.

Directions from Nearest Address

Follow path along river until it goes to narrow dirt path through grass. Continue to follow this, and you will see spring on edge of forest.

Vital Information

  • Fee: None
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: 1000
  • Temp: N/A
  • pH: 7

Hours Spring is Open:



Submitted by: AndrewTDI

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  1. Springbird says:

    Anyone have and information on this spring? Is it sexy?

    • Dthoresen76 says:

      Follow the gravel trail until it reaches the wooded area, and trail loop.  There walk the wooded trail about 500 m up an incline, until you see a usually dry, rainfall run off stream bed.  Walk down the hill towards the river, it’s at the forests’ edge. 

  2. Mark says:


    I’m going to hunt this place down, I will take a picture and measure the Total dissolved solids with my TDS meter, then I’ll drink it until I pee my pants! WOO!

    jj I wont pee, but I will send you the TDS reading and photo Daniel!
    Thanks for this site what a great idea.

  3. Mark says:

    I went here today to try and find this spring but no luck…
    Can anybody help me out here!?
    A picture would be a great help..
    Once I find it I will take a video so Daniel can embed it for others to find.


    • jacqueline says:

      I used to go there years ago and couldnt remember how to get there. Found out …take University Ave N, just past lexington watch on the right for sign, you may miss it (a bit hidden) Can park car down hill at entrance. Will likely go there this month May 2015. Is a very peaceful spot to relax and enjoy nature, or at least it was years ago.

  4. Kyle says:

    I visited the spring yesterday and measured a TDS of ~1000 ppm and pH of 7. It is a bit of a hike (~10 minute walk) from the nearest parking lot at the trail’s entrance, so not the most convenient for carrying large water bottles from either. I haven’t done a compositional analysis of the water, but the high TDS coupled with the inconvenience factor does not make this spring an appealing option. Definitely a beautiful walk along the river though!

  5. Tomb says:

    I remember this spring from about 20 years ago, and haven’t seen it since.
    I was at Kaufman Flats a few weeks ago and remembered the spring, but thought it may have been taken out as there has been much development at the top of the hill.

  6. Seraph says:

    Please provide a detailed guide on how to find this spring. I was unable to locate it following these directions. A picture would be beneficial as well, thank you. And thank you to those who have included this spring on the site-I can’t wait to see it for myself!

  7. chrissie says:

    I know this trail pretty well. I’m going to check it out tomorrow to see if I can find the spring.. I think it may be in a spot much nearer to the bridge at the beginning of the stonedust trail.

  8. Tomb says:

    I found the spring yesterday, I brought my GPS but the battery died (next time I’ll be prepared).

    From the parking area, walk across the foot bridge to the gravel path.
    Take the gravel path to the end, you will see the path do a loop.

    Keep along the river there is a narrow grass path, follow that.
    On the river side you will notice concrete break walls or mounds (what ever you want to call them).

    Once on the narrow grass path you will pass two of the concrete mounds,
    at which point there will be a fork in the path.  Once you get to that fork,
    you will notice a pile of large rocks on the right side just inside the tree line.

    The spring is at those rocks.

  9. Tomb says:

    N43d 30′ 05″
    W80d 29′ 27″

    Look for the pile of rocks at the edge of the forest.

  10. DD says:

    I had the water tested in Nov 2012 by ALS labs in Waterloo. No bacteria and the water is high in calcium, magnesium, silicon, strontium and sodium. I tested the TDS and it was 745 and the pH was 7. I didn’t test the temperature but the water is very cold.

  11. Jessica says:

    Has anyone been lately? Is it still safe? Should the fact that there has been development close by be something to be cautious about? There isn’t any harmful bacteria or anything like that in it?

    • jacqueline says:

      I was there last yr but this yr couldnt remember how to get there…now I know: down University N, just past Lexington on the right. Hope ithis secret relaxing spot hasnt been taken over by loud people. Used to be perfect spot to sit and relax and enjoy nature

  12. James says:

    I was here like 2 months ago and I was fine drinking it. But I didn’t test it with anything to be sure.

  13. TOMB says:

    I was there this past weekend and had a drink. I’m still alive.
    I have a photo, will see how to post it.

  14. Kyle says:

    Took the family down today and found it pretty easily. Head out the south end of the parking lot across the bridge.

    Water looks and tastes great. Took 8L home.

  15. hugh says:

    I once was visiting some friends at a summer camping trailer park in the kitchener(?) area. Across the road from the seasonable trailer park was a spring where people would get water. This was ~ 15 years ago. This trailer park was adjacent to a river (grand, I assume). This was my first visit to the area and I no longer remember where the park or spring is – does anyone from the area know where it is? thx all

  16. Donna says:

    We found this spring today and took some photos. Temp was 7.4 ℃. Taking a sample to a lab to have tested. Stay tuned!

  17. Donna says:

    We found this spring and did some testing this past week. Temp was 7.4 ℃. TDS was 520 ppm. We took a sample into the public health lab and it came back 0 coliforms and 0 E coli. Thrilled to find this so close to home! If anyone is having trouble finding it my guess is they haven’t walked far enough. Looking at the satellite picture, it is at the edge of the woods where the river makes a 90d turn – quite a ways south from the Kaufman flats parking lot. I took a few photos I would be happy to submit … if someone can let me know how to do that.

    • Thanos says:

      Was the sample tested for any other contaminants/toxins?

    • Jason says:

      This is great. I drink this water all the time and was considering getting it tested. How do you get water tested?

    • daniela says:

      thank you so much for taking the time to test the water & post the results, donna! 🙂 … have you been drinking it since you collected it & have you noticed no ‘adverse’ effects? 🙂 thank you! 🙂

    • Tomb says:

      Just curious, which lab did you take it to? I was wanting do do the same with this spring, just didn’t know where to take it.

      • Donna says:

        Hi Tom. Public Health labs test well water for free, and you can use the same testing for spring water. In Waterloo Region the easiest location is 99 Regina. Pick up sample bottles (every one has detailed instructions) and drop off at the reception desk.

    • Rob says:

      Great to hear! My wife and I are moving to kitchener in March, and I was worried about whether I’d find a spring as good as the one at Chalk Lake and Lake Ridge in Durham. Will have to buy a wagon with offloading tires to get my big 7gal containers to it…

      Thanks for the info, Donna!

  18. Rachel says:

    Went to this spring today, go downriver and across the bridge. You’ll get to the end of the path, and see a pile of rocks on the right at the foot of another path leading up a hill. There is the spring. Water tastes great.

  19. Nick says:

    I just wanted to give an update on this spring. I had it tested this week and it came back 0 coliforms and 0 ecoli.

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