Major Fred Brewster started it all. He began outfitting pre-1908 by packing for survey and coal exploration companies. With his help, the coalmines in Nordegg and the British Colonies on Jasper’s south boundary were founded. He then moved to Jasper and became the largest horse operator, providing pack trips and trail rides throughout the Park.
Visitors with bear cubs, 1923. Jasper is still the one of the best places in the Canadian Rockies to see a multitude of wild animals in their natural surroundings.
Fred Brewster, staff and guests at the hitching rail at Jasper Park Lodge, 1929. Fred was the largest horse operator, providing pack trips & trail rides in Jasper.
In 1930, Canada passed the National Parks act and the area known as the Jasper Forest Park officially became the Jasper National Park, covering more than 10,000 square kilometers. In the next decade, businessmen who saw the park as a prime skiing destination and tourist attraction built up the area. An all-season road between Jasper and Edmonton opened in 1937; the Icefields Parkway to Banff was completed in 1940. The tourism industry in Jasper has grown ever since, from being a fur trading post and a railroad community, to a gem in the Canadian Rockies.
My father Tom Sr. came to Jasper and began employment with Brewster’s Company in 1939. My mom Yvette came to work at Jasper Park Lodge where she met my dad and they were married in 1947. They purchased the business from Fred Brewster in 1955, which included pack trips into Tonquin Valley, Skyline, and trail rides at the Jasper Park Lodge pony barns.
In 1979 Horseback Adventures Ltd. was formed when I took over the backcountry pack trips and trail rides from my dad, into Jasper and Willmore Parks. West Range Cabin Vacations were added to the operation in 1996, where along with the backcountry trail rides, we enjoy providing pack trips to clients from around the world.
The Vinson Family: Shawn and Tom and their sons Cole and Logan, are still the premier outfitters for the Willmore Wilderness area. Share in our history and experience the spectacular Canadian Rockies on our horseback adventures!
The History of Horseback Adventures. Share in our history and experience the spectacular Canadian Rockies on our horseback adventures!
The “Three Step” Brand
The Three Step brand that is placed on the right shoulder of all our horses was registered by Mr. Brewster in the early 1900’s and is still used today. You will see it on our horses and in our logo. It’s a symbol of tradition and trail riding in the Canadian Rockies for more than a century.