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Cougar Annie's Garden

The garden consists of a five-acre clearing, criss-crossed with over two kilometres of meandering pathways and dotted with outbuildings that once housed goats and chickens. Resurrected from a tangle of salal, Scotch broom, and salmonberry, this garden has endured for nearly one hundred years.

The survival and the continuity of the garden make it an important heritage site. No other pioneer homestead in Clayoquot Sound remains in private hands; no other garden of this scope exists on the West Coast. Now, the Temperate Rainforest Field Study Centre rests on the ridge overlooking the garden, which will host university students learning about the rich natural history of Clayoquot Sound.

Visitors are invited to view the garden on limited basis. The Foundation can arrange day trips for organized groups throughout the spring and summer months. For more information about traveling to the garden, please see Visiting the Garden.


Surrounded by the tall trees
of the West Coast rainforest, Cougar Annie's garden is a place of strange and compelling beauty. From this remote location, Ada Annie Rae-Arthur ran a nursery garden and shipped countless varieties of plants across Canada. For decades she advertised her wares (and occasionally for husbands) in the Western Producer and in the Winnipeg Free Press.

Cougar Annie's Garden Club

Donors to the Boat Basin Foundation are invited to become members of Cougar Annie's Garden Club. Click here to read more about the most exclusive garden club south of Gold River and north of Tofino.

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