125 Years of epic sights and awesome people
Our roots run deep here in Banff and Jasper. We feel truly fortunate to be able to continue to work in incredibly beautiful places with an ever-growing cast of talented, dedicated people. We invite you to be inspired by our heritage, to join our celebration and to create your own memories with us.
John Brewster was an early pioneer who traveled to the mountain community of Banff in 1886 and established a dairy. As his business prospered, John and his family became prominent citizens of the growing town of Banff.
Two of John’s sons, Bill, aged 12 and Jim, just 10 years old, began guiding guests of the Banff Springs Hotel to local fishing spots and scenic highlights.
Bill and Jim open the Brewster Trading Store in Banff and start a livery and outfitting services in Lake Louise and Field.
The Brewsters purchase the Mount Royal Hotel in Banff.
Jim Brewster purchases five overland motor coaches to replace 70 horse drawn carriages.
Bill and Jim's brother Fred Brewster, along with Donald 'Curly' Phillips, constructs the Maligne Lake Chalet, replacing the tents of the former Brewster's Rocky Mountain Camps. In 2016, Brewster acquired the beloved Maligne Lake Cruise.
Brewster obtains the rights to build a chalet, restaurant and gas station at the Columbia lcefield.
Brewster begins operating the Columbia Icefield Snowmobile Tours.
Brewster Travel Canada purchases Sulphur Mountain Gondola (now Banff Gondola). It was completely renovated in 2016.
Brewster Travel Canada purchases Lake Minnewanka Boat Tours (now Banff Lake Cruise), where visitors have been enjoying tours for more than a century.
“Brewster purchases the Elk + Avenue Hotel (formerly the Banff International Hotel)”
The stunning glass-floored platform, the Glacier Skywalk, opens in Jasper National Park.
Brewster completes full renovation of the Banff Gondola's upper terminal
Celebrating 125 years! Brewster honours its heritage and returns to its roots with the renaming of the Brewster Express and Brewster Sightseeing.