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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  • August 6, 2017
    The park is on the border and you can wander back and forth on both the US and Canadian sides. It has nice gardens and the border markers are interesting. Great views of the ocean and islands.  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    Even if I here perhaps should be released with this post also if I should - get problems upon arrival in the United States in the future but this is degrading. Be faced with the border in a car line, if one has no nexus. Nexus is there only for US and Canada citizens. Others wait for approx. 1 hour. Then one comes to a House, as it is also useful for us in Europe. Shows the passports, saying where it came from, and where you want to go. Everything is okay, yes a border crossing. As non-nexus holder you have then to drive at walking pace with hazard lights on a car park. Also okay. Then purely on immigration. There is one then queued for hours. Actually, there are many switches and immigration officer. These have disappeared but times, times five people at a desk, just waiting for the people. This is not to compare when you arrive at an airport with the immigration. Wait, just wait. An immigration officer is going another. Wait. Standing in line. When we then turn usual procedure, such as at the airport were. Lasted about 1Minute. However, the first question was "who is the owner of that car?". I have not stolen it, but booked at AVIS, so was the answer of "AVIS". Address specified by our airbnb pre-booked Luckily, everything okay. ESTA was Yes. Machine-readable passports also. Another minute on the cash spent to pay for 6 USD per person. Finish. Get out. At the next House, the receipt for the 12USD shown. Continue. #20honeymoonroadtrips. Never again by car!
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  • July 30, 2017
    I absolutely loved this park. Not only can you stand in two countries as one time, but it's interesting to learn the history of the arch and what it stands for.  more »
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  • June 22, 2017
    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.
  • June 27, 2017
    Quite an adventure. Fun to visit the border without walls. Canadian passport control super friendly.
  • April 23, 2017
    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.
  • June 8, 2017
    Excellent, beautiful park! Access parking by pulling off before the duty free store.
  • July 10, 2017
    Very popular border crossing, well maintained and pretty. Be ready for a wait cause it's always busy

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