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Peace Arch State Park, Blaine

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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Peace Arch Park is a park straddling the International Boundary between the United States and Canada at the extreme western end of the main contiguous section of the two countries' land border, where it reaches Semiahmoo Bay of Puget Sound on the continent's Pacific Coast. There is a detached section of the land border a few kilometers (miles) west on the Point Roberts peninsula. The park is at the Peace Arch Border Crossing (also known as the Douglas Border Crossing), where Highway 99 in British Columbia and Interstate 5 in Washington State meet.This international park consists of the Peace Arch State Park on the United States side of the border and the Peace Arch Provincial Park on the Canadian side of the border.HistoryThe Peace Arch, dedicated in 1921, was the first such structure in the world. It was built on the International Boundary between Canada and the United States to commemorate the lasting peace between the two countries. The Canadian side was established as a provincial park on November 7, 1939.Peace Arch monumentThe park is notable for the Peace Arch. The northern portion is about 9 hectares (22 acres) and is managed by the British Columbia Ministry of Environment. The southern portion is about 8.1 hectares (20 acres) and is managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Visitors to the park are free to explore the entire park on both sides of the actual physical border, but should not cross the boundary of the park to enter the adjacent country without being cleared to enter by the respective customs authority.
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  • Enjoyed all the flowers and scenery that is part of the park. The arch and surrounding plaques offered some good history of the border and area as well. Amazing that you can actually visit, see and en...  read more »
  • The park is not a "big deal." It is quite attractive, well kep - and you can observe the customs facilities of both countries close by. The value to me is to just spend some time meditating on how pre...  read more »
  • Straddling the border between Canada and the USA this park is pretty unique. Easy and free parking on the Canadian side and a large open area park with picnic tables and grill ports. A have to is to c...  read more »
  • Beautiful Park! The grass here is like a golfing green. Great place for picnics and BBQs! Lots of room to accommodate everyone.
  • Super cool to be able to walk across the boarder! The park is not where the dot is, we almost gave up on finding it but saw a parking lot and went to go look and found it. Beautiful flowers and interesting information on the boarder changes
  • Small park. Border patrol are very alert. Not a place to just hang out with the kids
  • Best place for those who just landed. Nice park, beautiful view, well maintained. Free parking at Peace Arch Park.
  • What an interesting park. No passport required. Beautifully maintained gardens.
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