Chemin Valley Spring, Wakefield, Quebec, Canada

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Metal spout,easy access, fast flow, city installation.

Nearest Address

Chemin Valley.

Directions from Nearest Address

From Ottawa∕Gatineau, take route 105 towards Wakefield. When you reach the circulation signal at the junction of route 366 and 105, you have to turn right to go to the historic village of Wakefield. That is Chemin Valley. The spring water source is on the right side of the street. Get there early before the lineup…

Vital Information

  • Fee: No Fee
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: 265
  • Temp: N/A
  • pH: N/A

Hours Spring is Open:




Map Link: Chemin Valley Spring Map

Submitted by: Martha


  1. There is a small source of water in Aylmer on Chemin de la Montagne very close to where it intersects with Vanier. It's south east from the intersection for maybe a 30 second drive and then you will see a path to your left coming from the intersection. Walk down the path for a minute or two and there it is. The water has a slight taste of sulphur but tastes great. It's a low current spring and we need to build a little something if we want to fill bottles up but it would be worth it for this living water.

  2. I went to the spring today and somebody has broke the pipe funneling out the water. There was a contractor onsite who was unable to tell me if it would be days or weeks until it is fixed, but for now there is no water available at the spring.  I sure hope it wasn’t vandalism.  He said they may have to get a backhoe and dig it out.  Might have to take a trip to Sainte-Agathe  🙂

  3. I have been going here for about two months now and really enjoy the water.  Two weeks ago there was a man there who worked for Environment Canada and he was volunteering for SOS wakefield.  They have been collecting baseline data to ensure the highway project has no effect on the spring.  I forget what he said the TDS was (I believe it was around 220), the PH was 7.43 and the temperature was 9 degrees.  I plan to have it tested soon enough.

  4. We stop to fill-up our bottles whenever nearby for over 2 years already. We love to drink this water and are grateful to everyone that makes it available to public.
    Last time, at the end of February we did send the sample to be tested by Public Health Ontario Lab. It came clean (no bacterial contamination).
    We never had a problem and appreciate that the spring is always accessible. Thank you!

  5. This spring was closed around 23 Jan 2016 due to testing results. After further testing it was re-opened 4 Feb 2016. I’m heading up there shortly to get my supply. Will keep you posted re: the trip up.

  6. From HWY 5, turn onto Rockhurst, left on Riverside, and left at the stop side on Chemin Valley. The spring is covered and located on the left. There is parking for several cars. There are two spouts.

How to Collect Spring Water

Drinking pure spring water is one of the most important things we can do for our health. Our bodies are over 99% water at the molecular level, so water affects every aspect of our biology. Yet, not all water is created equal. Almost all the bottled spring water available is pasteurized for shelf stability, which neutralizes many of the powerful health benefits such as increased hydrogen, healthy probiotics, and crystalline structure. For more about why unprocessed spring water is the best water to drink, read this.

The best way to guarantee you are getting real unprocessed spring water is to collect it yourself. This is a short and simple guide filled with information about how to gather spring water. We will cover how to find a spring, how to collect the water, how to honor the spring, how to store the water properly and other tips. is the best resource for locating a spring near you. However, not all springs are on the map. First, check the map to see if there is a spring in your local area. If there is, look at the reviews and comments. Has anyone shared helpful information about flow rate or posted a water test result? Is the spring in a pristine area? Do a bit of research and make sure the spring is safe to drink from. If you have any doubt about the purity, don’t risk it and get a water test, HERE. If you don’t see a spring on the map in your area, there still might be some that aren’t listed yet. First, ask the older generation who have lived in your area a long time if they know. You can also ask people in your community who might already get spring water such as people at a health food store or at a farmers market. Another great option is to view A US forest service map, where many springs have been marked. You can view these maps through the Gaia GPS or All Trails hiking apps on your phone. The map overlay you want is USGS Topo. Not all are easily accessible or ideal for drinking, but some are and it can be a fun adventure to find them. We have found over half a dozen great springs this way.

Once you’ve found your spring, figure out how you are going to gather the water. Is it right on the side of the road and easy to access or do you have to hike to it? We recommend storing spring water in glass instead of plastic to preserve the purity of the water. It is better for the environment, your body, and the water. Even BPA free plastic has toxic chemicals that can leach into water and cause health issues. If you do want to use plastic for safety reasons when filling at the spring, we recommend transferring the water to glass as soon as possible. FindASpring is sponsored by Alive Waters, which offers beautiful reusable glass. They have a 2.5 gallon option, which is a convenient size for carrying that isn’t too heavy. They also sell handles that you can use to transport the jugs even more easily. If you have to hike to access the spring, we recommend putting the water jugs into an extra large backpack to hike the water out with ease. We use Osprey packs that hold 2 jugs each. You can also use a wheelbarrow or even a stroller depending on how easy a walk it is.

Filling 2.5 Gallon Alive Waters Jug

When you get to the spring, remember to first give back before you take. Springs are considered sacred in indigenous cultures around the world for their life giving water and also as a connection to the inner earth. A powerful and simple way to give back is to clean up. Is there any trash that needs to be collected? Could you move any dead leaves or sticks to improve the flow rate? Show up in service. Some other wonderful ways to give is with a moment of expressing verbal gratitude, singing songs to the water, offering the water an ethically sourced crystal, a feather, or some other physical gift. Flowers are a popular and beautiful thing to offer, but please be careful to source organic ones as most flowers from the store are sprayed with pesticides and can be toxic to put near a spring. Also, flowers can attract bugs as they decay, so it can be best to offer them to the flowing water directly or a little downstream from the spring head.

When gathering the water, fill the jug as close to the spring head as possible, never gather downstream. Be very careful as wet glass is extremely slippery. Make sure the lid is securely fastened. When transporting the spring water home, the jugs can sometimes slide around the car. Secure them in place or wrap them with towels or something so they don’t crash into each other.

How you store your spring water is essential. It is not pasteurized like spring water from the store, so it will start growing algae if left in direct sunlight. This is good because it means it’s alive! If the water you drink can’t even support the most basic life forms, how do you think it will support your body? Store your water in a cool, dark place such as a dark corner, pantry or closet. The fridge is ideal if you have room. Some people prefer to filter their water through a Berkey filter before drinking, but if the spring is pure, it’s not necessary. We drink our spring water completely unfiltered.

How long the water stays good for depends on how cold a temperature it’s stored at. Spring water is best fresh. We personally do not prefer to drink spring water past 2 weeks old. However, we know other people that will drink it at a month old. It’s great to get in a rhythm where you know how long the water lasts you and put your collection day on the calendar in advance.

I believe that water is calling us to reconnect with her in the deepest way, to gather our own water. Just like our ancestors did. Our ancestors didn’t have fancy water machines. They also didn’t create villages or settle where there was no water. Water was revered as the center of the community and the nodal point around which life could spiral out and take root.

Here’s to restoring the sacred connection with the waters of life.

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