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owl at Quarry  Park in April 2014forest at Quarry ParkExplore nature in this second growth forest that has been left relatively undisturbed since it was used as a granite rock quarry several years ago. The dense grove of young Western red cedar forest has a thick canopy that limits the understory plant growth.  This beautiful and peaceful two hectare neighborhood park has a trail, rocky outcrops, wildflowers and several picnic tables.  The circular Quarry Trail is a three hundred and fifty meter trail around and about the old granite quarry. Peaceful place. This park is close to Gulf View Picnic Grounds, Dominion Brook Park, Lowe Road Green Space and Fentress Road Green Space. John Dean Park is up the slopes of Mt Newton.

Geographic coordinates N48° 36′ 48″ W123° 24′ 57″

Quarry Park can be reached from Pat Bay Highway. Leave the highway at Exit 26, the McTavish Interchange, a unique and confusing series of roundabouts that make a multi-circle roadway overpass. Take the third exit onto McTavish Road then take the second exit to stay on McTavish Road. Follow McTavish Road to the East Saanich Road intersection. Turn left onto East Saanich Road past the Panorama Recreation Center on the right and look for the park sign to the left just before you reach to border with Central Saanich. There is limited roadside parking along East Saanich Road in front of the park. Alternatively, catch a city bus to this park from along East Saanich Road.

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