Remember when the latest and greatest birthday gift trend was to buy your loved one their very own star to wish upon? I have one. Someone out there in a major or minor cluster of equally anonymous twinklers, an orphan sun has my name on it. A romantic ideal to be sure, but one that benefits only the seller, whom by the way, did not own it in the first place (why didn't I think of that?).
But now, thanks to the cumulative vision of the people who own, manage and wildlife consult for the resorts, you can buy your loved one a gift that really does last a lifetime - hundreds of them in fact. Beginning this season, resort guests can buy salmon habitat restoration by the metre or by the mile. For as little as $500, an attractive allweather, eco-friendly granite marker, laser-etched with the benefactor's name and occasion, will be permanently installed by Nuu- Chah-Nulth First Nations elders, along the riparian edge of the newlyenhanced salmon spawning offchannel. Plus, a one-of-a-kind, numbered parchment certificate signed by an elder, is your frameworthy keepsake to take home or wrap for giving. For the man, woman or child (or company) that has everything, what better way to leave their mark, and what better way to leave the planet in better shape than we found it? For details on how to purchase an eco-metre or a mile, or to plan a celebratory on-site installation ceremony of your own, contact the resorts at [email protected].