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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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  • This is a favourite park since growing up in White Rock, next door. It's enormous, so you can choose which areas to enjoy. If you're having a picnic, there are lovely tables and nice scenery to the ri...  more »
  • This is a nice park to see. You can spend as much time as you find necessary. We took a few minute walk around to see the arch, sculptures and flowers & landscaping. At the top of the USA side there i...  more »
  • The gardens are beautiful and full of color. Trees and flowers are labeled for those curious about that. It's fun to be on the border with the freedom to enjoy the gardens, live music on weekends, and...  more »
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  • 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
  • Beautiful Park! The grass here is like a golfing green. Great place for picnics and BBQs! Lots of room to accommodate everyone.
  • What an interesting park. No passport required. Beautifully maintained gardens.
  • Nice park to walk around especially on a nice day and the border wait is long. It's right by the water so it can be a bit breezy.
  • Best place for those who just landed. Nice park, beautiful view, well maintained. Free parking at Peace Arch Park.