Brewster Ranch is evolving into an exclusive mountain community

The complex of 22 residential sites is along the Bow River at the foot of Mount Yamnuska in the Kananaskis Country.

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Breakfast on the terrace in one of the most beautiful settings in the world, the Bow River at the doorstep, panoramic mountain views, all in a gated and secure community in the middle of a four season playground – it’s just a taste of what a newly launched Kananaskis development has to offer its residents.

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Located on land owned by John Brewster in the late 1800s, the Brewster Kananaskis Ranch Development (BKRD) project is located on the edge of Kananaskis Country, just off Highway 1X along the banks of the Bow River and near the base of Mount Yamnuska.

“We really envision this as a place where people can recreate and enjoy the valley, continuing the Brewster family tradition of sharing this very special place,” says Janet Brewster-Stanton, project development partner, while noting that a lot of thought and care went into the planning. “It’s been in the works for a long time.”

Much like a charming antique store, this 3.8-hectare (9.8-acre) parcel of land is full of historic treasures that reflect Alberta’s rich history. The ranch has a rich history, with its beginnings in the late 1880s as a dairy farm, then evolving into an outfitting and going out ranch, and then, under the leadership of Missy Bagley Brewster, the great-grandmother from Janet, a guest ranch. The 150-year-old Craftsman-style main guest house, built in 1922, still sits proudly on the development. The home has been lovingly restored to its former glory (the main floor alone is over 4,500 square feet), the polished and gleaming original wood floors and the stone fireplace occupying the front of the house. the stage in the Great Hall, and will be the center of amenities for BKRD residents.

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“It’s really important to me to move the ranch forward, so that it continues to evolve into a place where we can share our traditions,” says Brewster-Stanton, a fifth-generation member of the Brewster family.

To create the vision, Brewster-Stanton partnered with Bow Valley developer and former Canmore councilor Shane Jonker, who is no stranger to creating exceptional mountain developments. He worked in tandem with Frank Kernick, developer of Spring Creek in Canmore, and contractor Wade Downer to develop River’s Bend in Dead Man’s Flats.

Developed to retain the integrity and history of the land, BKRD is an exclusive single-family development comprising 22 residential sites, all with panoramic mountain views and access to the Bow River. Lot sizes range from 8,211 square feet to 14,472 square feet.

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“It is structured as a condominium development on bare land to create a private, gated community with separate services,” says Shane Jonker.

The property is zoned as year-round resort accommodation, which Jonker says translates to four-season homes, with no residency restrictions. He says what makes the zoning special is the fact that “residents can rent a home as short-term or long-term destination spaces, which you can’t do anywhere else in the Valley of the Bow”.

Architectural controls are in place to ensure that the final built form is aesthetically pleasing and to protect the integrity of the site. Owners can use any architects, designers and builders they choose, although Jonker says that if an owner wants to work with one of the development’s builder teams, that’s also great. The custom-designed homes will cover iterations of modern Alpine and Alpine architecture.

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“We encourage wood, stone and earth tones so that the colors blend into the environment,” says Jonker, adding that the fences will be posts and rails throughout the development, in keeping with the mood of BKRD mountain ranch.

There will be possibilities of output designs; many lots are located along the Bow River and with a height limit of 13 meters, residents will certainly be able to add up to three stories, allowing for captivating views of the mountain peaks to the west of the valley.

The area will retain many natural green spaces with excavated paths down to the river.

“It’s really a huge attraction to be on the edge of the Bow,” says Jonker, who cites kayaking and canoeing at the top of the list of outdoor recreational attractions. Residents will also have quick access to amenities in Canmore and Banff, including schools, restaurants and shopping, not to mention the Canmore Nordic Center and nearby ski resorts.

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Jonker expects services to be underway and completed by this fall, with land titles to be delivered by the end of the year.

Residential sites start at $585,000 plus house and GST.


DEVELOPMENT: Brewster Kananaskis Ranch Development (BKRD), a collection of 22 residential sites along the Bow River at the base of Mount Yamnuska in the Kananaskis Country. The development adorns the historic grounds of the Brewster Ranch. The Brewster Guest Ranch House, built in 1922 by Missy Bagley Brewster and now renovated to its original former glory, will become the residents’ amenity center.

LOCATION: Located just off Highway 1X, approximately 2.4 km north of Highway 1.

DEVELOPER: BKRD is a partnership between Janet Brewster-Stanton and Shane Jonker.

HOME SITES: Lot sizes vary between 8,211 square feet and 14,472 square feet. Home styles include modern Alpine or Alpine designs with lots of wood and stone.

PRICING: Private lots start at $585,000 plus GST and house.


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