WELCOME to the Tonquin Foundation, a non-profit, British Columbia-based organization
dedicated to the exploration, preservation and interpretation of the rich
and diverse maritime heritage of North America’s Westcoast.
Headquartered in the Vancouver Island village of Tofino the Foundation was incorporated in
November of 2003 by a group of individuals with a passion for things nautical
and a shared goal to promote public awareness, interest and understanding.
Taking its’ name from John Jacob Astor’s trading vessel Tonquin (lost near Tofino in 1811), the Foundation’s goals include maritime research, search, survey and interpretation of historically significant submerged and dry-land sites, public education programs and the construction of a marine heritage discovery centre to conserve, house and display artifacts, materials and media relating to the rich but fragile tapestry that is the history of Westcoast peoples, places and events.