Cougar Annie's Garden

Visiting Opportunities

Cougar Annie's Garden is situated in a remote wilderness setting. Access is via a 25-minute floatplane trip from Tofino, 32 miles to the southeast. The flight path passes over pounding surf, pristine sandy beaches and old-growth rainforest as it follows the rugged coastline. Whales and sealions are often sighted before reaching Boat Basin.

Boat Basin Foundation stresses that Cougar Annie's Garden and Temperate Rainforest Field Study Centre are not tourist destinations. Visitors must be in good physical condition, be highly motivated, and have a keen interest in natural and cultural history.


Day Tours

Day visits are available on most days during the season, and off-season during fine weather periods. The cost for flights booked in advance through boatbasinfoundation@gmail.com is $1100. Floatplane travel from Tofino and the guided Natural and Cultural Day Tour is included. The day trip, Tofino return, is approximately 4.5 hours. Payment and Deposit Policy will be provided upon booking.

Trip cost, on a per-person basis, is most efficient when four (aircraft capacity) travel together. Individuals or couples wishing to visit can often be combined with others, but there is no guarantee a shared flight will be available on the day(s) you wish to travel.

Advance bookings (recommended) and further information please contact Boat Basin Foundation: boatbasinfoundation@gmail.com.

For booking enquiries and rates close to your flight date please contact Atleo Air: atleo@seaviewcable.net.

Your flight will land at Hesquiat Lake dock, five minutes by truck to Cougar Annie's Garden along an abandoned logging road, or, in fine weather, at the beach where Cougar Annie first made landfall in 1915.

All guests must read the Waiver of Liability prior to departing Tofino. Upon arrival at Boat Basin, guests must verbally agree to the terms and conditions in the Waiver of Liability.

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Cougar Annie Garden Entrance 2015

Entrance to Cougar Annie's Garden, 2015

Cougar Annie Garden

Map of the Garden


Short-term stays, 4 or 8 guests

The Temperate Rainforest Field Study Centre facilities and cabins are available for 2 or 3 night stays on an exclusive basis. Cost per person is $450 (no GST) for two nights, including flights. Guests arrive self-contained with food and supplies. Aircraft capacity, weight and bulk, is restricted and certain conditions apply. A Pre-departure Information Package will be supplied upon booking.

In evaluating whether to visit, guests could consider the alternative cost of two nights accommodation in Tofino, meals, a commercial boat or floatplane adventure, GST, hotel and tourism taxes. No GST is payable on fees quoted by Boat Basin Foundation.

Short-term stays, 10 or more guests

The seven cabins at the Temperate Rainforest Field Study Centre each have at least one double bed and two covered sleeping benches. The seating capacity of the dining table is 24. The cost per person, for a two-night stay, is $425, based upon four guests per flight.

Groups wishing to organize discussions and seminars are welcome to use the Seminar Room and the Lesson Centre at Rae Lake.

All guests visiting the Temperate Rainforest Field Study Centre must read the Waiver of Liability prior to departing Tofino. Upon arrival at Boat Basin, guests must verbally agree to the terms and conditions in the Waiver of Liability.

Drop-ins: boaters, kayakers, hikers, private aircraft

All visits to Cougar Annie's Garden must be guided. Visitors arriving unannounced cannot be guaranteed a guided tour at the time they wish. Please email at least a few days ahead to be assured of a tour at a convenient time.

The drop-in guided tour fee is $30. Under certain conditions, the fee may be waived in exchange for a minimum two hours per person of volunteer work. Payment by Visa or MasterCard is preferred.

Enquiries: boatbasinfoundation@gmail.com

Cougar Annie Garden Entrance 1983

Entrance to Cougar Annie's Garden, circa 1975


Day Visit (Unscheduled / "drop-ins")
For drop-ins: boaters, kayakers, hikers

All visits must be guided.  There is no guarantee that a Boat Basin Foundation representative will be available to provide a guided tour to unannounced visitors.  Best to email your expected arrival time at least one week ahead:  boatbasinfoundation@gmail.com.

If a guide is available and should no guests be in residence, the tour, 2.5 hours, includes a visit to the Temperate Rainforest Field Study Centre and educational buildings at Rae Lake. If guests are in residence, the guided tour is 1.5 hours and includes Cougar Annie’s Garden, and Annie’s Trapline and Walk of the Ancients trails.

The drop-in fee is $30 per person.  Under certain conditions, the fee may be waived in exchange for a minimum two hours per person of volunteer work on the garden property.

  • Day Visit (Unscheduled / drop-in) Introductory Rates:
  • Drop-in Guided Tour Fee: $30
  • Group Size: No limit
  • No GST in 2016
Drop in visitor to Cougar Annie's Garden

A drop-in visitor explores the garden


Overnight Visits: Small Groups, two night visits

Groups, 4 to 8 guests, primarily Friday to Sunday, will be offered exclusive use of Temperate Rainforest Field Study Centre, staying in cabins (two guests minimum per cabin) that are insulated and have a wood stove.  All groups are pre-formed and cook and eat together at Central Hall.

Visiting priority is given to 'members' of Cougar Annie's Garden Club, a loose network of Boat Basin Foundation volunteers and donors. Preference is given to group size 8 (four couples).

Groups arrive mid to late afternoon, depart mid to late morning.

Transportation, arranged by Boat Basin Foundation, is included.

  • Overnight Visits (Small Groups) Introductory Rates:
  • $425 – two nights  -   4 or 8 guests
  • $50 extra per per person for group sizes 5, 6, or 7 as additional flights are required
  • Meal costs and food preparation not included
  • Group Size: Variable but 4 or 8 guests is most economical
  • No GST in 2016
Central Hall & Cabins

Central Hall & Cabins at the Field Study Centre

View from a Cabin

View from a cabin


Overnight Visits: Custom Group Facility Rental

The facility has seven cabins; each with at least one double bed and two or more covered sleeping benches.  Ideal for garden and other club visits.

Transportation, arranged by Boat Basin Foundation, is included.

  • Overnight Visits (Custom Group Facility Rental) Introductory Rates:
  • $400 per person - two nights for minimum group size 12.
  • For a group size over 12, the cost is $440 pp. as extra flights are required
  • Meal costs and food preparation not included
  • Group Size: Variable up to 18 guests
  • No GST in 2016
Cabin at Boat Basin

A cabin at the Field Study Centre


Overnight Visits: Volunteer Work Parties

Two work parties of three nights will be offered; one early to mid May and one early to mid October.  Preference will be to donors to Boat Basin Foundation.  Work parties will consist of three groups of four individuals.  Each group is to appoint a ‘captain’.  The captains together plan the menu.  Each group is responsible for food and preparation of one day’s meals.

Transportation arranged by Boat Basin Foundation is included.

  • Overnight (Volunteer Work Parties) Introductory Rates:
  • $400 per person - three nights
  • Meal costs and food preparation not included
  • Group Size: 12 (three groups of four individuals)
  • No GST in 2016
Volunteer group around a big cedar

Volunteer Work Party celebrating successes with a hike


Summary: Visiting Cougar Annie’s Garden

  • A summary of pre-scheduled day trips and events will be posted here early spring, 2016
  • All bookings to be through this website
  • Email:   boatbasinfoundation@gmail.com
  • Boat Basin Foundation will be pleased to assist in your visit planning.
  • Payment by VISA or MasterCard.  No GST payable on visits in 2016.
  • Cancellation and refund policy will also be posted early spring 2016.
  • All visitors must be in good physical condition and sign a waiver of liability.
  • Pre-departure information: what to expect, recommended list of supplies, where to check-in, baggage limitations, etc. will be provided upon booking.
  • All net proceeds to Boat Basin Foundation, a registered charity.

After your visit

Boat Basin Foundation asks you to reflect upon the significance of the cultural and natural history you experienced.

Donations are required for the survival of the garden.
Tax receipts are issued.