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 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 History Day Tour

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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.

All net proceeds to Boat Basin Foundation, a registered charity.


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.

Boat Basin Foundation will be pleased to assist in your visit planning.

Enquiries: boatbasinfoundation@gmail.com

Cougar Annie Garden Entrance 2015

Entrance to Cougar Annie's Garden, 2015

Cougar Annie Garden

Map of the Garden

Drop in visitor to Cougar Annie's Garden

A visitor in the Garden

Volunteer group around a big cedar

Volunteer Work Party celebrating successes with a hike


Short-term Overnight 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 Overnight 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.

Boat Basin Foundation would be pleased to assist you in your planning.

All net proceeds to Boat Basin Foundation, a registered charity.

Cabin at Boat Basin

A cabin at the Field Study Centre

Cougar Annie Garden Entrance 1983

Entrance to Cougar Annie's Garden, circa 1975

Central Hall & Cabins

Central Hall & Cabins at the Field Study Centre


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.