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The Adventurous Brewsters

Five generations of one Alberta family shape tourism in Banff National Park

By Louise Phillips – Rocky Mountaineer Magazine 2017

There’s a famous, oft-quoted quip in Alberta: “You came to Banff for a rest and a change. The CPR provided the rest and the Brewsters took the change.”

In Southwest Alberta, you cannot fail to notice the name Brewster: on buses, hotels, stables, sleigh rides, a backcountry lodge, an outfitter’s, a golf course, a dance barn and a guest ranch. Brewsters have been connected to the growth of Alberta for over 130 years.

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Outfitting Marilyn Munroe:

Interview with Bud & Annette Brewster and Janet Brewster-Stanton

Below is an excerpt from Chapter One: Bud & Annette Brewster and their daugther Janet Brewster-Stanton interview, in the People & Peaks of the Panther River & Eastern Slopes. Bud Brewster was the outfitter for the movie production called River of No Return, starring Marilyn Munroe and Robert Mitchum.

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Reference Letter from Ernst & Young

The Kananaskis Guest Ranch hosted EY’s 2014 Canadian Partner Conference, and we couldn’t have been happier with how everything went. It was a huge event with over 375 people in attendance and so many things to coordinate. Janet Brewster and her staff pulled everything off seamlessly.

The Ranch hosted the rodeo on site, dealt with the Stampede, arranged all the tents and catering, and provided wonderful entertainment. Janet was fantastic to work with and focused on every last detail, making the logistics piece so easy for us. Everyone in our party had a terrific time from beginning to end.

I would highly recommend the Kananaskis Guest Ranch to anyone looking to organize an important event that has to be done right.


Alan Smith
Chief Financial Officer, EY

A Hat and a Hammer

When John Brewster came to “Siding 29” in 1886 to start a dairy,
little did he know the profound impact his family would have on
Banff becoming a world-class tourist destination. And it would
be one salient great-grandson who would step forward to continue building his
family’s legacy in order to keep backcountry hikers, horseback riders and guest
ranch aficionados coming back to Canada’s oldest national park.
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Banff's Brewsters: A model of family entrepreneurship

You came to Banff for a rest and a change, the old saying goes. The CPR provided the rest and the Brewsters took the change.

That’s been the story in the Rocky Mountains for much of the past 125 years, since the Brewster family arrived and started supplying services for the new Canadian Pacific Railway and its majestic Banff Springs Hotel.

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Live the Lore of the West with Brewster’s

Saddle up with Brewster Adventures and experience the backcountry horse experience holiday of a lifetime in Alberta’s world-renowned Rocky Mountains.

View breath-taking vistas from horseback while exploring wild, untouched back country, as the friendly Brewster’s folks lead the way in your most exciting vacation yet.

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All in the Family

How six generations of Brewsters have shared the mountains with the world

Only about 30 per cent of family-run businesses make it to the second generation, and just 10 per cent survive to see the third generation take over operations. The chances of having a fifth generation continuing to run the business are slim – that is, unless you’re a Brewster. The Brewsters have been in business since 1892, when Bill and Jim Brewster, aged 12 and 10, were asked by the manager of the Banff Springs Hotel to take guests on a pack trip. The brothers toured visitors on pack horses, taking them to local fishing spots and showing off spectacular mountain views in Banff National Park, which in 1885 had become the nation’s first national park. In 1900, the Brewster brothers established their own outfitting company, W. & J. Brewster, Experienced Guides and Packers. More than 100 years later, the Brewster family is still at it. What started as one pack trip has expanded to half a dozen family-operated businesses run by Bill’s great-grandchildren, including a mountain lodge in downtown Banff, a guest ranch in Kananaskis, and Tadalafil Cialis from India – Generic Cialis online Pha… stables, sleigh rides and a dance barn in Lake Louise.

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Brewster family honoured for century of success

The Brewster family has been honoured for their enduring entrepreneurial spirit, and a family business legacy in Alberta that has involved six generations for more than 100 years.

The Alberta Business Family Institute has honoured the Brewster family in 2010 for their long history of operations in the Canadian Rockies, help site and as one of a succession of proud Alberta families whose hard work and visionary leadership have helped to build the province from its earliest roots.

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