Morgan Brewster Niehaus rolls the fresh dough in the spacious kitchen of Shadow Lake Lodge, preparing cinnamon buns for the guests. Morgan is a recent graduate from the Professional Cooking Program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and it’s her first summer as head chef.
She is a 6th generation Brewster and has spent most of her young life at Shadow with her sister Joleen.
Morgan’s mother, Alison Brewster, who displays exceptional culinary abilities in the kitchen, says of her girls, “They began working as soon as they could reach the sink”. Alison and her husband Bryan Niehaus, a gifted innovator, built Shadow Lake Lodge along with Alison’s father, Bud Brewster.
As Morgan pulls the buns from the oven she reflects on her grandfather Bud, a fourth-generation Albertan. “He was a carpenter, a cowboy, an entrepreneur and a tireless worker. He never had a desk or a briefcase. He was committed to carrying on the family’s legacy of providing warm mountain hospitality to visitors to the Canadian Rockies”.
The youngest son of Claude and Ruth Brewster, born in 1928 in Banff, Bud earned his first pay cheque cutting wood and trapping animals for fur. He embarked on his first pack trip into the mountains with his parents at the age of eight. By the time he was 16 he was running multi-day pack trips for as many as 75 guests with 100 horses at a time into the Rocky Mountain backcountry.
Bud had a soft spot in his heart for Shadow Lake Lodge, this continues into the 5th and 6th generations. Since 1991, Alison and Bryan have worked alongside dedicated staff and brought up their children in this very special place. The constant upgrading of facilities by Bryan, Alison’s attention to detail and quality in the cabins and kitchen, and new ideas implemented by the younger family members, Morgan and Joleen, all combine for an inviting, warm and exceptionally comfortable guest experience.