Wednesday, June 04, 2008

The Peace Arch, originally uploaded by Dan Lilly.

Constructed in 1914, the arch marks the border between British Columbia, Canada and Washington, USA and is the centerpiece of a beautiful park.

I finally decided to visit this park after driving through it many many times. The well manicured park is probably something that doesn't exist on many international borders. There are great picnic areas on both sides as well as sculptures. Most of the sculptures are on the east side of the road where there's more room for them.

You can cross back and forth across the border with ease as long as you don't leave the confines of the park. If you do that, you have entered either Canada or the U.S. illegally. There has been some smuggling activity but nothing that you would have to worry about.

Each picnic area on either side of the border has a large open space allowing for a variety of lawn games and clubhouse that can be reserved for large group gatherings. They're equipped with full kitchens. (stove, fridge, microwave) as well as tables and chairs. The Canadian clubhouse has a fireplace with wood provided. If you're on the Canadian side headed toward the park, turn right before the duty free to access the parking lot

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