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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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  • It has been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder - at the IPG you truly behold beauty. I have traveled a goodly portion of the world and seen many beautiful places, but this remains one of m...  more »
  • Following a long week serving as a summer camp counselor a few towns away, it was nice to try something different in the form of this visit to Canada and acres of park and gardens. It is a large area ...  more »
  • Canada & U.S.A. share same park. Sometimes called "International Peace Park" that is what it was called when we were there. Guess you might confuse it with the Glassier & Waterton Parks. They are shar...  more »
  • The flower displays were plentiful and in full colour when we visited. The Peace Towers are an interesting structure. It's too bad that it has suffered damage and can't be saved. Hopefully it will have a worthy replacement. I especially enjoyed the conservatory with their cactus displays. They also had some wildlife conservation org on-site with an animal (an owl if I recall correctly) to spread awareness and receive monetary support (they were selling items too I think). There also was a small restaurant here. There are a lot of picnic areas on the Canadian side. I heard the American side is more developed but we didn't drive through there. On the Canadian side, Turtle Mountain Provincial Park and the town of Boissevain (with "Tommy the Turtle" roadside attraction) are nearby. There was a lot of road work when we went but hopefully it is completed by now. We visited with my father-in-law who had a multiple-entry Canadian visa and we had no problems. I don't recall if his passport was checked but bring it to be safe. Visited August 2015
  • 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 have family near here so I visit when I can. It is a nice place to walk around and enjoy the gardens.
  • I recently visited in January to attend a workshop, for which there are great facilities here in terms of meeting rooms, meals and lodging, and a terrific director. However, I can't wait to return in spring and summer as there are extensive gardens and wooded grounds for hiking , a beautiful visitors center, and more, including famous summer music and sports camps. The drive to get here, through the Turtle Mountain area, is really beautiful too.
  • Not only an interesting historical site/landmark that represents the unity of two great countries, but also a natural and beautiful place to explore and camp!