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Jim Brewster

Canada / Americas

John Brewster’s Dairy was set up by the early pioneer who traveled to the mountain community of Banff in 1886 and it thrived thanks to the custom of Banff Springs Hotel. In 1892, 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. Eight years later, the boys established their own outfitting company. Through the early 1900s, the company was busy and successful, providing guiding, horse packing and livery services in the Banff area. In quick succession, the boys opened the Brewster Trading Store and purchased the original Mount Royal Hotel. As their business grew, the Brewster’s began promoting Banff and the Canadian Rockies throughout North America.In 1916, Jim Brewster acquired five overland motor coaches to replace the 70 horse drawn carriages, which Brewster was using to conduct sightseeing excursions at the time. Jim Brewster toured multiple members of the British royal family around Banff, including the Prince of Wales in 1919, later King Edward VIII, and his brother, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939.Today, Brewster welcomes over 1.5 million guests annually through its tourism businesses. The head office is located in Banff, only a stones throw from the original family dairy.

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