The Tate Covenant encompasses 72 hectares of diverse landscapes and ecosystems on the western slopes of Mount Tuam on southern Salt Spring Island. Ranging from dry highlands with scattered arbutus and Garry oak, to densely forested riparian areas and scattered wetland complexes, the Tate Covenant offers a wide range of habitats for the island's wildlife.
The slopes of Mount Tuam hold a rich pioneering past, first with local First Nations using the meadows for camas and other plant gathering, followed by decades of logging and subsequent sheep grazing. The forests and meadows of the Tate Covenant hold evidence of this history.
This covenant protects the trees on the properties, restricting future logging or trimming. Although the original property was subdivided since the covenant was placed on the land, the covenant remains and all new landowners must uphold the vision of the original landowners.
The Tate Covenant joins nearby Crown land, nature reserves and provincial and regional parks to form a network of natural areas spanning from the shores of Satellite Channel to Burgoyne Bay. Visitors to this area are reminded that the Tate Covenant remains private property and is closed to the public. Please respect the good will of these and other covenant landowners who protect natural habitat for the benefit of their community by refraining from venturing onto their land.