Mount Holmes, at 2486.50 meters (8158 feet), is the highest snow covered peak in the picture; it includes several other slightly lower peaks in its vicinity. The total surface area is over 160 square kilometers (100 square miles). It is very rugged and steep terrain, very typical for our West Kootenay Region.
These natural characteristics and remoteness have left it a pristine wilderness area, an ideal location for a Natural Spring. Since the Natural Springs run all year long the water reservoir must be immensely large underground caves or lakes that act as a cistern where the water is collected percolating through crevices and eventually resurfaces through channels to above ground. These cisterns can be located also well below the level of the actual elevation of the Spring, being forced back up through underground pressure. This journey of the water can take anywhere from several years or up to fifty and more years. The natural mineralogy of the rock it passes through, dictates its characteristic mineral content. That is why it is important to have a proper ‘Water Analysis’ done by a reputable laboratory to ensure the quality of the water.
Water is at its densest form at 4° Celsius (35.20° Fahrenheit), not at 0° (32.0° Fahrenheit) as assumed, since when water freezes it already expands again, (one of water wonderful anomalies). The water at our springs ranges from 6.9° to 7.2° Celsius ( 44.42° to 44.96° Fahrenheit), which substantiates that the water comes from deep within the mountain and that these are True Natural Springs.