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Posted: July 25, 2009

Category: Canada,Ontario


820 Sulphur Springs Rd.

Ancaster, Ontario L8S4K2
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Maintained by Ancaster Parks and Recreation. Historical Sulphur Fountain in Ancaster. This is NOT for drinking ( although some people do ), better for healing / therapeutic purposes. This spring fed the Sulphur Springs Hotel’s mineral spa in the 1800’s. The waters were considered to have curative properties and hence the Hotel was a popular summer destination. The Hotel closed in 1910 due to two fires. Drinking water is up the road @ 1109 Sulphur Springs Road.

This about the history of the area surrounding the spring:

Nearest Address

820 Sulphur Springs Road

Directions from Nearest Address

Ancaster is up on “the mountain” – the escarpment, from Hamilton ON. To take the highway, you would exit the QEW at the 403 Hamilton. Go up the mountain, passed the LINK exit. Take the “Fiddler’s Green” exit, and go towards Ancaster (there is a sign). Within approx. 2 blocks, fiddler’s green ends in a T intersection. Take a right, and immediate left onto “Lover’s Lane”. Keep going straight on this road, as it changes names to Sulphur Springs rd and Mineral Springs Rd.

You are now driving through the conservation area, and there is good hiking on the Bruce Trail. On the right, you will see a small heritage museum and trail parking (there is an outhouse here). Turn RIGHT immediately after this, onto Sulphur Springs Rd.

There will be some dirt road and some hill. At the bottom of the hill, you will see the “sulphur” spring, smells and tastes better than egg salad! Saw a yellow bird drinking from it. Lots of jewel weed grows at the stream here.

Keep going up the hill and down another to reach the “Ancaster Wells” as the small square building is labeled. There is a driveway and parking for about 5 cars. There is also the only street light for miles.

You will see 2 continuous flowing wells from spouts. I have heard that they have two different sources. I prefer the one that has the information posted on the side… Use your own judgment.

Also – glass bottles recommended (of course!) as the sulphur will erode anything else.

This water revived my houseplants from near death and lessened mung bean sprouting time by one whole day!

Vital Information

  • Fee: None
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: High in sulphur
  • Temp: 6.5 C
  • pH: N/A

Hours Spring is Open:




Map Link: Ancaster Wells Map

Submitted by: tbuschlen, Mo Rosati