Visiting
Cougar Annie's Garden

Boat Basin Foundation

Boat Basin Foundation was established federally in 1998 as a registered charitable organization to own Cougar Annie's Garden via donation.

The Temperate Rainforest Field Study Centre is on a ridge overlooking the garden with views through Hesquiat Harbour to the Pacific horizon.

The Centre consists of seven cabins and a main building (Central Hall), educational buildings (Lesson Centre and Seminar Room) located aside the swimming and canoe docks at Rae Lake, and 700 metres of split-cedar boardwalk connecting the field study centre to Cougar Annie's Garden.

The Foundation welcomes both day visits and overnight stays. These visits raise funds to help support annual maintenance. Prior to arrival guests must understand that visits are a charitable activity of the Foundation. Tax receipts for a portion of the fare are issued under Canada Revenue Agency guidelines.


Boat Basin is within a wilderness area: only basic medical and emergency support is available.

Every visitor (parents/legal guardians sign on behalf of minors) must confirm they are in good physical condition and read and agree to the terms of the Foundation's Waiver of Liability prior to arrival and sign the Waiver of Liability upon arrival.


Cougar Annie's Garden is remote. It is difficult to attract donors without viewing this unique and visible evidence of the homesteading period on the West Coast of Vancouver Island that Boat Basin Foundation is endeavouring to preserve for future generations.

Thank you for considering a visit and participating in this charitable activity.

Visit fare per guest is lowest when aircraft capacity (4 or 6) is utilized.
Accommodation rate per guest reduces with group size.

Guests are self-contained and bring towels and sleeping bags
(or sheets and pillowcases - a limited number of sleeping bags are available as blankets).

Lake swimming - no shower facilities. Floatplanes have weight and stowage capacity restrictions.

Visits are organized through:
boatbasinfoundation@gmail.com

Charity Registration # 88805 5423 RR0001