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International Peace Garden, Dunseith

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The International Peace Garden is a 3.65sqmi park located on the international border between Canada and the United States, in the state of North Dakota and the province of Manitoba. It was established on July 14, 1932, as a symbol of the peaceful relationship between the two nations. The legend "Peace Garden State" was added to vehicle registration plates of North Dakota in 1956, and adopted by the North Dakota Legislative Assembly in 1957 as the official state nickname.FeaturesThe park plants over 150,000 flowers each year. Main features of the garden include an 18ft floral clock display, fountains, a chime, and twin 120ft concrete towers straddling the border with a peace chapel at their base. The chapel walls are inscribed with notable quotes about peace. The concrete towers have been declared unsafe due to irreparable weather-related erosion and are scheduled for demolition by 2016.The Arma Sifton bells are a chime of 14 bells cast by Gillett & Johnston bellfounders. The bells were a gift from Central United Church of Brandon, Manitoba, in 1972. The tower was supplied by North Dakota Veterans and dedicated in 1976. Some building remains of the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001, have been placed in part of the garden.
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  • Admission is $15. Seems rather steep, but the gardeners deserve every cent. These are lovely gardens with many areas to walk. Be sure to drive around each "side" - the US side and the Canadian side. T...  more »
  • We been this place on the labour day. It was quiet intresting and mind blowing beauties around us. We never seen such a beautiful garden before. There is a catcus museum in the garden and there are so...  more »
  • A lovely place to meander around and relax. The gardens are beautiful and it's a lovely walk around the gardens. I especially loved the 911 Memorial where you can pay respect to those lost on that day...  more »
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  • The staff are friendly and helpful from the people at the gate, in the cafe, and even the gardeners. We camped for two nights; our site was roomy, private and the washrooms were very well kept. The picnic sites were private, in scenic locations and each location had a stone shelter. A vast area including an expansive flower garden and tropical plant conservatory that is a must see and smell! We enjoyed being able to enjoy many hours walking back and forth across the border. It is a garden of peace, tranquility and commemoration of the relationship between two great nations.
  • Beautiful landscape. Lots of different plants and flowers. And entire gigantic display of cacti from all parts of the world. Various species of the more unusual plants. Totally an enjoyable excursion, don't pass it up!
  • I planned an entire week long road trip around going here - it's a hike to get here from anywhere. Was it worth the trip? Yes. Could there be improvements? You bet. I was really sad to learn that the visitors center was closed and not staffed. I was really looking forward to buying a souvenir. Luckily we got there before the conservatory was locked for the evening and saw all the beautiful cacti. Other than that - we seemed to be the only people in the garden on a Wednesday afternoon - my wife and I strolled the garden and contemplated life, said a prayer in the chapel, and just loved the serenity here. I would love to come back in the late summer to see everything in bloom.
  • Beautiful park, one of a few places you can cross the Canadian border. I favorite side of this park is the Canadian side. A place where everyone should visit.
  • I really enjoyed this place. I had the pleasure of visiting on a Sunday morning and had the place pretty much to myself. My only issue with the place is the 9/11 memorial. Very much out of place in a peace garden. It brought me down and damn near killed my moment.