The Masons have been a significant fraternal organization in Banff since 1888. Many local men became involved in the early Masonic Order in Banff, including W. H. McCardle and Frank McCabe (the two men who discovered the lower "Cave and Basin" hot springs while exploring Sulphur Mountain in 1883), Dr. Robert Brett (town physician and later the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta), Tom Wilson (guide and outfitter), Dave White (prominent merchant), and Jim Brewster (owner of Brewster Transport). Before the local builder Arthur Unwin constructed the hall in 1924, meetings had been held in Anthracite (a local mining town) and in Banff at the Bretton and Brewster halls. In 1901, the Masons conducted their first open-air meeting on the summit of Tunnel Mountain. Inspired by the alpine challenge, subsequent meetings were held on Cascade Mountain, Mount Alymer, Hole-in-Wall Sawback, and Rundle Mountain. The members of the Cascade Lodge celebrated their centennial anniversary in 1988.
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