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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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  • We love this park it's just a beautiful place to spend the day and have a picnic take some pictures take a nice walk.  more »
  • I have heard of people getting married at/near the Peace Arch. I would not assume it is because the area is beautiful, it is because it is on the border of the US and Canada. While it may technically ...  more »
  • This park straddles the US - Canadian border. You can physically stand on both sides of the border simultaneously, which is kind of cool! There are at least three locations that mark the border. The P...  more »
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  • What an amazing entryway to another country! I went to the Peace Arch a long time ago - in the mid-1990's - with my two youngest children. We stopped here and walked around to look at everything, and it remains a vivid and beautiful memory of our short journey into Canada that day.
  • Quite an adventure. Fun to visit the border without walls. Canadian passport control super friendly.
  • Nice well kept grounds with nice flowers and landscaping. Bathrooms, a nice water feature and tea house displaying several examples of lumber types. Simple but impressive arch makes a good photo op. Arch is between Canada and USA. To visit, park in the peace arch park and walk in.
  • Excellent, beautiful park! Access parking by pulling off before the duty free store.
  • Very popular border crossing, well maintained and pretty. Be ready for a wait cause it's always busy