Discovering Cougar Annie's Garden and Boat Basin: a trip with Robert Bateman and Royal Roads University

08/29/2008 9:00 am
08/31/2008 5:00 pm


In 1915, Ada-Annie Rae-Arthur, later known as “Cougar Annie”, settled a homestead with her husband and three children in Boat Basin, 50 or so kilometres north of Tofino in Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island. There, having pre-empted 120 acres within the traditional lands of the Hesquiat peoples, she lived for seventy years and created a garden that today is a centre of beauty and interest. 

Today, Cougar Annie’s Garden is owned by the Boat Basin Foundation (, a non-profit foundation. Surrounded by rainforest and mountains, this wilderness property offers highly unusual educational opportunities to students and to small groups of visitors. Along with Cougar Annie's Garden and the Temperate Rainforest Field Study Centre (, the site is very remote, accessible only by boat or float plane.   

Join Robert Bateman, Professor Richard Kool, and other like-minded environmentalists, artists, activists, educators, gardeners and nature-lovers, for three days in late August 2008 at Boat Basin where we will discover the beauty and magnificence of the wild Westcoast while developing an understanding of ecosystems and biodiversity from the perspectives of art and science while experiencing the poetry of being together.  Marshalling at Middle Beach in Tofino, we will take a water taxi to the Stewardson Inlet and a “crummy” to Boat Basin. 

This area is not intended as a tourist destination and those who visit must be motivated, physically fit and independent.  Rustic but beautiful and comfortable room and board will be included with registration fees.   

Date:  August 29, 30, 31, 2008 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) Cost: $575.00 + GST (includes water taxis and transportation at Boat Basin, room, board, learning activities, lectures, and tours) Course Number: GLEA1265 *As seating is extremely limited, please register early to avoid disappointment for this once in a lifetime experience! **Seats will only be held when accompanied by payment in full. 

To Register: Register online at using Visa or MasterCard; or by telephone, Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at  (250) 391-2600, ext. 4801; or Toll Free at 1-866-890-0220. Or, come by in person to the Continuing Studies reception area in the Grant Building, 2005 Sooke Road, Victoria, BC, Canada V9B 5Y2.