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 Ada-Annie’s (Cougar Annie) passing in 1985 during her 97th year the five-acre garden,
after decades of clearing, had been reclaimed by rainforest. Against all odds the garden was restored;
a process involving over thirty-three years and 35,000 hours of volunteer labour.
Boat Basin Foundation was established in 1998 as a registered charitable organization to own
the property via donation, to preserve the garden, and to promote interest and education in
natural and cultural history. Rarely does a wilderness property have such strong heritage values.
The garden is clearly unique and deserved of protection.
A simple way to contribute to the preservation of the garden is to visit on a day trip or
stay a few nights at the Temperate Rainforest Field Study Centre.
Net proceeds help preserve the garden. Visits are charitable activities. Tax receipts are issued.
Charitable Impact Foundation is a registered charity. Donations receive an immediate electronic tax receipt.
Donors then direct funds to the charity of their choice.
Visa or Mastercard to:
Boat Basin Foundation
PO Box 83
Tofino, BC V0R2Z0
Charity Registration 88805 5423 RR001