We could never bring ourselves to sell the land as we could not bear to have someone parse the land out and ruin the beauty. It would be too much for our children to undertake when we pass, as the Canadian taxes would be unaffordable. We [decided to donate the island because] just wanted to keep the island as it is and not burden our family at the time of our death.
There is NO way we could have done this without the help of the American Friends team. We broke even on the costs through tax deductions and we now know that the island will be there for generations to come in all its original beauty.
We have been to Canada since the transaction and gone to the property to visit, taking a picnic lunch and enjoying the natural beauty of the island. It is heartwarming to know that it will be in its current state for generations to come.