Brewster Environmental Stewardship Practices
Brewster Travel Canada has a special appreciation for the National Parks of the Canadian Rockies - an area the company has called home since 1892. Brewster recognizes that this environment is part of a sensitive ecosystem, and that it has a responsibility to maintain responsible use of the land. Extensive efforts are made to educate employees, comply with and exceed government regulations and review practices on a regular basis to ensure high standards are maintained. This is Brewster’s commitment to be a leader in heritage, community and in environmental responsibility.
Water plays an important role in all glacial environments. This is particularly true at the Columbia Icefield, where melt-water flows into three different oceans and provides some of the world’s best drinking water. Although this could potentially offer the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre an abundant supply, the approach Brewster takes is completely opposite to this. The operation places a high priority on water conservation and is successful in its efforts by maintaining a water consumption average per visitor that is only 14% of the provincial average. The installation of low-water fixtures and the utilization of recycled gray water are just two examples of proactive initiatives that contribute to this.
The upper terminal of the Banff Gondola is located on a mountain peak at 2281 metres (7486 feet). Water supply is limited and conservation efforts are incredibly important from both an operational and environmental perspective. There are several processes in place to ensure that water consumption is minimized. One example is the installation of a vacuum plumbing system, which enables specially designed toilets to use only 1 litre of water per flush (conventional toilets use up to 28 litres per flush). This initiative and others are proving to be successful with overall water consumption at the Banff Gondola averaging only 5% of the provincial average per visitor.
Mount Royal Hotel
As one of Banff’s heritage properties, the Mount Royal Hotel has a special appreciation for the area. Extensive efforts are made to do its part in preserving the environment through water conservation. Practices like the installation of flow restrictors in all tap and shower heads attribute to the hotel’s ability to regulate and conserve water on a regular basis. In addition, the hotel has launched a “Guest Linen Program” in which guests are encouraged to re-use linens to reduce the water used in laundry services.