Peace Arch Park

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Peace Arch Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
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Peace Arch Park, seen from the Canadian side
Location Canada and United States
Nearest city Blaine, Washington/Surrey, British Columbia
Coordinates 49°00′00″N 122°45′25″W / 49.00000°N 122.75694°W / 49.00000; -122.75694Coordinates: 49°00′00″N 122°45′25″W / 49.00000°N 122.75694°W / 49.00000; -122.75694
Area Canada: 9 hectares (22 acres)
U.S.: 20 acres (8.1 ha)
Established November 7, 1939
Governing body Canada: BC Parks
U.S.: Washington State Parks

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 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.

History[edit]

The 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 monument[edit]

The Peace Arch monument

The 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.[1]

Recreation[edit]

The following recreational activities are available: walking, indoor and outdoor picnicking and a playground for children.

Events[edit]

Demonstration against oil tankers on the Canadian side of Peace Arch Park, November 1970

The park hosts an annual International Sculpture Exhibition highlighting the work of American and Canadian artists. The Twelfth Annual Exhibition will include works by Micajah Bienvenu, Ho Baron, David Eisenhour, Thomas Givens, Mark Yale Harris, Elia Mishkis, Kono Moriyuki, Leo Osborne, Chris Rench, Thor Myhre, Beverly Steigerwald and the team of Margo Westfall and Don Levett.

Peace Arch Park was the western United States gateway to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Clark, Richard (2005). Sam Hill's Peace Arch: Remembrance of Dreams Past. Bloomington, Ind.: AuthorHouse. ISBN 1-4208-5168-3. 

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