Peace Arch State Park, Blaine

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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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  • clean beautiful , vast and elegant near us-canada border.it has a duty free store , lots of benches to rest and play area.  more »
  • After many years of regularly crossing the Peace Arch crossing to and from Canada, I still marvel at this unique park right on the border. From the U.S. side, you can get off I5 at the sign-posted exi...  more »
  • Loved that you could pull off for a few moments, walk across the street (they have crosswalks to the peace arch), stand in the field and take a few snaps of the peace arch! Great spot to take a break,...  more »
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  • This place is pretty cool and historic. Often people don't get a chance to spend time here, and if they do, they are anxious about getting through the boarder. However, it is a wonderful place to stop and play, eat lunch or hang out for a while. As a kid, it was a highlight to stop and play tag in this wonderful setting, running back and forth across the boarder line, through the arch.
  • A neat place to stop the car and step out if you're going from the US to Canada or vice versa. There's a small monument (looks like an obelisk) that designates the international boundary between the two countries, or its approximate location thereabouts. Only four stars because it's hard to get out of the line once you're in queue for customs inspection.
  • Not a bad border crossing if you’re in it for the location. Try to cross around sunset and you’ll have a beautiful view to take your mind off the queues. Some interesting sculptures and a lot of green space for you’re passengers/ kids/ pets to hang out while you wait.
  • Historical Site, Huge gardens at the park along with sculptures. The Peace Arch is really huge and the floral welcome sign is beautiful. If you head to Canada, there is a small trail down behind the customs buildings that go to the train tracks along side the water. The path has thick rope hand rails and wooden steps that kids can safely navigate. I will be visiting again eh!
  • The border crossing both directions is usually fairly long longer coming in from Canada to the US average wait time is about 30 to 35 minutes but could be less could be more

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