Cougar Annie's Garden
Preserving British Columbia History

Boat Basin Foundation

Cougar Annie's Garden is the last remaining vestige of the homesteading period (1885-1920) on the West Coast of Vancouver Island when hundreds of young couples pitted themselves against the elements in the hope of creating their own Eden in the wilderness.

By the time of Cougar Annie's passing in 1985 her beloved five-acre garden that took decades to clear had been reclaimed by the rainforest. Against all odds the garden was restored, a process of over thirty-two years and 35,000 hours of volunteer work.

In 1998 Boat Basin Foundation was formed as a registered charitable organization to own the garden property via donation, to preserve the garden for future generations, and to promote interest and education in cultural and natural history. Rarely does a wilderness property have such strong cultural and natural history values. Over 90% of large old-growth forest on Vancouver Island has been lost to logging and development. Visible early settlement history has disappeared. The property is clearly unique and in need of protection.

Boat Basin Foundation asks those who are aware of the property to reflect on the above and to consider contributing to this cause.

Boat Basin Foundation
donations through

CHIMP (Charitable Impact Foundation) is also a registered charity. Donations to CHIMP receive an immediate electronic tax receipt.

The donor may at any time instruct CHIMP to direct the donated funds to other registered Canadian charitable organizations.

The charity receiving funds is relieved of the significant volunteer time required to process and administer tax receipts.

Donate Directly

Direct donations, via Visa or MasterCard, are most welcome through email:

Or by cheque to:

Boat Basin Foundation
PO Box 83
Tofino, BC    V0R2Z0