The Peace Arch (French: Arche de la Paix) is a monument in the contiguous United States near the westernmost point of the Canada–United States border, between the communities of Blaine, Washington and Surrey, British Columbia. The 20.5-meter (67-foot) tall arch was built under the supervision of American lawyer Sam Hill and dedicated in September 1921. The Peace Arch commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in 1814 and symbolises the two countries’ long history of peace. The monument is located in the grass median between the northbound and southbound lanes of Interstate 5, on the US side of the border, and Highway 99 on the Canadian side.
Peace Arch Park includes the monument and the surrounding land. Peace Arch Border Crossing, a major border crossing between Interstate 5 and British Columbia Highway 99, is located within the park.
The Peace Arch has the flags of the United States and Canada set on its crown, as well as two inscriptions on opposite sides of its frieze. The inscription on the US side of the Peace Arch reads “Children of a common mother” (alluding to the two nations’ common ancestry in the British Empire), while the inscriptions on the Canadian side read “Brethren dwelling together in unity.” Within the arch, each side has an iron gate mounted on either side of the border with an inscription above each gate: the one on the east side read “May these gates never be closed,” while the one on the west side read “1814 Open One Hundred Years 1914.”
Peace Arch Park encompasses both the Canadian and American sides of the border, with Peace Arch Provincial Park on the Canadian side and Peace Arch State Park on the American side.
Each year, over 500,000 individuals visit the Peace Arch. The monument and its surroundings are designated as an international park. As a result, visitors do not need a passport or visa to pass through their appropriate border crossing as long as they stay within the park’s limits and exit the park into the country from where they entered the park.
Because of the Peace Arch monument, the border crossing between Surrey and Blaine is sometimes referred to as the “Peace Arch Border Crossing.” In Canada, the crossing is officially named Douglas after Sir James Douglas, the first governor of the Colony of British Columbia. It is one of the busiest border crossings between Canada and the United States, and the only one west of Detroit.
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Address: Surrey, BC 98230 – Located in Peace Arch Historical Park Playground
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