International Peace Garden, Dunseith
Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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.With our world travel planner, Dunseith attractions like International Peace Garden can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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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... read 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... read more »
Visited the International Peace Garden on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11. The Gamrdens have a memorial to 9/11 which has girders from the fallen towers. It pays tribute to the fallen heroes and to the r... read more »
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.
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.
Great place to spend a few hours. Beautiful garden on the US-Canada border. You don't need a passport or anything, just a driver's license or some other photo ID. They have gardens, lakes, some artifacts (rubble from 9/11!), a peace chapel, a restaurant (wasn't open when I went on aug 27, 2016) and some sort of museum that I didn't get a chance to visit. Make sure you have atleast 3-4 hrs to spend here. I saw a few people bringing their pets too. Entrance fee is $15 per vehicle entry. There is a provincial park right next to the garden on the Canadian side so you can come and camp here too.
Made the trip there, looked at all website information etc did not find info on fees. There are fees, in 2016 it is $15 per vehicle for one day or $30 per vehicle for a season this is just to enter. When my group got there no one was at the entrance building just had envelopes to fill out with no instruction. Sorry not leaving cash in a box or CC info on it either. Supposedly the seasonal pass gets mailed to you later.
The gardens were designed with some sort of brutalist architecture. The overall impression was not one of peace unless you count the peace of headstones. Camping was pricy, especially considering the swamp the campsites were located on. Oh, the mosquitoes. I was truly underwhelmed by this place.
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