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MORE THAN 75 YEARS OF INNOVATION

Our Story

In 2003, BRP became a stand-alone company. We brought with us an impressive portfolio of products that had been enabling unforgettable experiences for our customers for a long time.

In 1937, Joseph-Armand Bombardier is granted a patent for the first ever vehicle that can travel on snow, developed in his garage in Valcourt, Quebec, through determination and daring. A second, larger vehicle follows, and he founds his own company in 1942: L’Auto-Neige Bombardier Limité. Over the years, J.-A. Bombardier refines his design, and launches the Ski-Doo in 1959, already powered by a Rotax motor. This innovative product creates a new sport.

In the years to follow, always seeking to innovate, every playground was explored, revolutionizing the powersports industry.

Today, the BRP riders can be transported on snow, on water, on the ground, and even in the air. We’re proud of being a Canadian company that’s now recognized worldwide. Our eight brands, Ski-Doo, Sea-Doo, Can-Am On-Road and Off-Road, Lynx, Rotax, Manitou, Alumacraft and Quintrex are iconic in the powersports and marine industries. We are united by our passion to keep moving forward towards new adventures, giving our customers around the world the power to create their best memories. 

Some important dates

  • 1942 - Start up of Auto-neige Bombardier Ltd
  • 1959 - Industry-first Ski-Doo snowmobile
  • 1968 - Industry-first Sea-Doo PWC
  • 1970 - Acquisition of the Austrian Rotax brand
  • 1989 - Acquisition of the Nordtrac Oy and Lynx brand
  • 1998 - Bombardier enters the ATV market
  • 2001 - Acquisition of the Evinrude and Johnson brands
  • 2003 - Bombardier sells its Recreational Products division; BRP is officially launched
  • 2007 - Industry-first three-wheel vehicle 
  • 2010 - BRP enters the side-by-side vehicle market
  • 2013 - BRP’s Initial Public Offering
  • 2018 - Acquisition of the Alumacraft and Manitou Brands
  • 2018 - BRP enters the Nasdaq
  • 2019 - Acquisition of Australian boat manufacturer Telwater
  • 2020 - BRP refocuses its marine business; Discontinuation of Evinrude E-TEC and E-TEC G3 outboard engines