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Tete-a-tete in fall
A tete-a-tete surrounded by fall colours in the front crescent garden

A Place to Relax & Enjoy:
the BraeBurn Inn

With the hills of the Qu’Appelle Valley to the south and east of it, and trees, grass and bushes all around it, the BraeBurn Inn feels like it’s out of town. Yet it is within the boundaries of the Town of Fort Qu’Appelle, and within minutes of all four lakes, two wonderful golf courses and a ski hill, plus the downtown area of Fort  Qu’Appelle.

Background:

The BraeBurn Inn was built as the Valley Trails Motel in 1956. It was renovated in the early 90’s and has been completely redecorated over the past 20 years. Renovations continue to date, including two rooms made wheelchair accessible in 2009-10 with permanent outdoor ramps added in 2011. All the beds and bedding have been renewed, as well as all of the furnishings.

Geothermal heating and cooling, and solar preheating of the domestic hot water were added in the fall of 2008. An Exercise Room was completed and opened to guests in 2011. The Office was moved to what had been Room 13 and completed in 2012.
 Renovations to our singles, Rooms 13, 14 and 15 were completed by 2016.

Beverly & Pieter van der Breggen took over the motel in July of 1999, and have continued to operate it as the BraeBurn Inn. Their eldest son, Ab, is also a shareholder and works full-time for the motel.

Bev and Pieter
Bev and Pieter van der Breggen

Bev and Piet lived in the Village of Fort San for 15 years prior to that, so are no strangers to this area.

Bev is the President of the corporation–624035 Saskatchewan Ltd.–which operates as the BraeBurn Inn. She has a background in bookkeeping and administration and served as Administrator of the R.M. of North Qu’Appelle for 20 years before retiring in January 2012. Her first priority now is her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is also involved in the local museum and volunteers extensively in the community.

Pieter is Secretary/Treasurer, and handles the day-to-day operation of the motel. He is a supporter of the Qu’Appelle Valley Art Centre, Build the Fort committee, Qu’Appelle Valley Environmental Association and Calling Lakes Eco Museum. He also ensures that this corporation, although small, is a good corporate citizen in support of various local community events and organizations, as well as larger provincial, national and international organizations such as the Kinsmen TeleMiracle, Royal Canadian Legion, Effect Hope (leprosy mission), David Suzuki Foundation and Medicines Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders). Pieter has a background in corporate communications, internet site design and the newspaper business.

Ab and Rhonda
Ab and Rhonda van der Breggen at Banff, AB

Ab is in charge of repairs and renovations and all the heavy and tech stuff needed. He is pretty much solely responsible for executing room designs and wall-art designs which he and Pieter dream up. Ab has a background in restaurant management and has trained in restaurant and hotel management as well as solar panel installation.

The Name:

The name, BraeBurn, was derived from two Scottish words, brae and burn. Brae meaning “hills” and Burn, “river”–thus River of the Hills. Although Pieter’s parents came from the Netherlands, and the van der Breggen name reflects that Dutch heritage, he likes the Scottish flavour of the inn’s name and intends to build on it.

Corporate Information:

Address
750 Bay Avenue, South, Fort Qu’Appelle
From Highway 10, turn south at the Shell service station, or east at the Valley Alliance Church (at the bottom of the hill on Hwy. 10 coming from Regina).

Mailing Address
Box 2377, Fort Qu’Appelle, SK, Canada S0G 1S0

Phone
306-332-5757 ext. 0

Facsimile Service
866-973-1863

E-mail
braeburn@sasktel.net

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